A Murder on the Appian Way: A Mystery of Ancient Rome

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Constable & Robinson Limited, Jun 21, 2012 - Detective and mystery stories - 624 pages
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52 BC, and Rome is in turmoil. Rival gangs prowl the streets as Publius Clodius, a high-born populist politician, and his arch-enemy Titus Milo fight to control the consular elections. But when Clodius is murdered on the famed Appian Way and Milo is accused of the crime, the city explodes with riots and arson.As accusations and rumours fly, Gordianus is charged by Pompey the Great with discovering what really happened on the Appian Way that dark January night. Was it murder? And if so, should the perpetrator be condemned as a villain - or hailed as the saviour of the Roman Republic? For on the truth of that hangs the fate of Titus Milo . . .Praise for Steven Saylor:'Saylor evokes the ancient world more convincingly than any other writer of his generation.'Sunday Times'Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthrals.'Ruth Rendell'With the scalpel-like deftness of a Hollywood director, Saylor puts his finger on the very essence of Roman history.'Times Literary Supplement'A full-blooded and action-packed work of fiction, cleverly built around a solid historical framework . . . it is an enthralling page-turner.'Daily Express

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Plot and originality was excellent. - Goodreads
However the writing style was so so. - Goodreads
CIcero, famous orator and writer, is Milo's defender. - Goodreads

Review: A Murder on the Appian Way (Roma Sub Rosa #5)

User Review  - Dale - Goodreads

I enjoyed reading the book, mostly because I am fascinated by Greece. However the writing style was so so. Plot and originality was excellent. Read full review

Review: A Murder on the Appian Way (Roma Sub Rosa #5)

User Review  - Pigfender - Goodreads

Good, but not his best. The way Saylor tells this story means a lot of the action unfolds through dialogue rather than action, so it can feel more like exposition than storytelling. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Steven Saylor's fascination with Ancient Rome began in childhood. A history graduate and former newspaper and magazine editor, he has now completed numerous novels featuring Gordianus the Finder. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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