Roman Blood - Steven Saylor Reviews
Description:ISBN 1845292480 / Author: Steven Saylor / Genre: Crime / Thriller / First in a series of murder mysteries set in Ancient Rome. Steven Saylor's historical mysteries set in ancient Rome and featuring investigator Gordianus the Finder enjoy a widespread following in America. Over ... more
Roman Blood - Steven Saylor ... the next two years, Robinson will publish the whole series - five novels to date - in the UK. We begin on 25 September with three titles: Roman Blood and Arms of Nemesis in paperback and the most recent title, A Murder on the Appian Way, in hardback. Vivid historical fact, a completely believable world and keen plotting are the hallmarks of Saylor's novels. In Roman Blood Gordianus the Finder - the large, eccentric, philosophical investigator whose famed skills and integrity have made him much sought after in Rome - is hired by the young Cicero to acquit or convict a man accused of murdering his own father, an ugly, delicate case that soon produces dangerous fireworks.
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by - written on 25/07/07 (Very useful, 91 readings)
The second of Saylor's books I have read but the first in the "sub rosa" series featuring Gordianus The Finder, a kind of historical Rome Sherlock Holmes, this intriguing first novel proves itself to be a very, very entertaining read. As with the recent Robert Harris novel, Imperium- which, if you have read my review you will know I was less than impressed about- this book takes a good, long look at the Advocate Marcus Tullus Cicero as Gordianus assists both him and his personal slave, Tiro, in a very complicated case featuring a young roman noble accussed of patricide; namely the murder of his own father. The sentence for patricide is ... Read the complete review
by - written on 14/04/12 (Very useful, 87 readings)
Rome 80 BC. An elderly Roman nobleman is brutally murdered on the streets on his way to a secret meeting at the brothel known as the House of Swans. Violent attacks on the dark streets at night are not uncommon in Rome but this murder is different since the accused perpetrator is the nobleman's son. The crime is that of parricide (the killing of a father by his son) held to be one of the most contemptible crimes in Roman society and one which carries the most horrific of punishments. The accused son Sextus Roscius is well off farmer from the nearby town of Ameria, the well known advocate Hortensius is at first hired to take on the defence but quickly and inexplicably ... Read the complete review
by - written on 16/03/10 (Very useful, 135 readings)
"Roman Blood" is the first book in the Roma Sub Rosa series by Steven Saylor, revolving around the adventures of a man called Gordianus the Finder, an investigator in Ancient Rome. The series now runs to 12 books, including two collections of short stories which were written after the first four books but set between the first and second books. Roma Sub Rosa literally means "Rome under the Rose" - this is explained in the front of the book under the list of titles in the series. The Rose is the symbol of confidentiality and a rose hanging over a council table meant that all attending the meeting were sworn to secrecy. Saylor explains that ... Read the complete review
by - written on 25/08/06 (Very useful, 704 readings)
Introduction ~~~~~~~~ Roman Blood is the first book is Steven Saylor's acclaimed Sub Rosa series, which has been very popular in the US. (There are 11 books in the series although only five have to date been released in the UK) The books follow the exploits of Gordianus the Finder - a sort of Roman equivalent to a private detective. While this idea may sound silly to some (a roman private detective? what Sherlock Holmes or Sam Spade in a toga!!??) the concept does in fact work well within the political intrigues and double dealing of ancient Rome and its senate. Gordianus' skill and approach is not the conventional detective mantra of deductive reasoning but ... Read the complete review
by - written on 29/11/00, updated on 29/11/00 (Useful, 89 readings)
"Roman Blood" is the first novel in Steven Saylor's enormously popular Roma sub Rosa (Rome under the Rose) series, based around the various investigations of Gordianus the Finder, a sort of private investigator operating during the last days of the Roman Republic. Far less chatty than the other well-known Roman 'tec novels by Lindsay Davis and featuring Marcus Didius Falco, Saylor's novels feel historically accurate, with a great deal of research going into every aspect of Roman life, from clothes and customs even down to the words the various (real) characters use. In "Roman Blood" Gordianus first meets Cicero as the ... Read the complete review
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