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Head of Zeus
A Bitter Chill
01 Nov 2012 * EBOOK * £4.49 * 9781781850237

A crime story based in Roman Britain featuring Aurelia Marcella, a young Roman settler.

Fiction / FFH (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 352 pages
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A Bitter ChillAn Aurelia Marcella Mystery, 2Jane Finnis

WELCOME TO ROMAN BRITAIN. It is almost fifty years since the legions invaded but Britannia is still a raw, frontier province. Tensions run high, especially in the north, where Aurelia Marcella, a young Roman woman fled from the ruins of Pompeii, runs the Oak Tree Inn on the road to York.

A BITTER CHILL. In late December 95 AD, Roman settlers in Britannia are preparing to celebrate Saturnalia. Aurelia Marcella's plans for a peaceful holiday are shattered when her brother brings bad news. An enemy in Rome is trying to destroy her family by spreading rumors that they are plotting against Caesar. Her brother has lost his job as a government investigator, the mansio is menaced by a gang of native criminals, and when a party of rich, demanding travelers arrive to stay, their quarrels and violence spill over into Aurelia's household. Then the Saturnalia banquet, highlight of the festival, culminates in tragic death.

Jane Finnis read history at the Univeristy of London before working as a radio producer for BBC radio. She now lives in East Yorkshire and spends her time researching and writing about the Roman Empire.

THE AURELIA MARCELLA MYSTERIES: LIFE AND DEATH IN ROMAN BRITAIN. AD 91. Britannia is a raw frontier Province on the far edge of the Roman Empire. It is fifty years since the legions invaded, but the land still simmers with tension, especially in the north. At the Oak Tree Inn on the road to Eburacum (York), however, both Roman and Briton are welcome. Innkeeper Aurelia Marcella fled the devastation of Pompeii with her brother to build a new life here, and although her roots are Roman, her heart and her family's future belongs to Britannia. But frontier life is far from easy. New conspiracies worry old wounds and Aurelia is going to discover just how cheap life – and death – is in Roman Britain.


'If the blood-drenched HBO series Rome makes you want to know what life was like in Britannia, Finnis is the writer for you' Chicago Tribune

'Highly readable and endlessly absorbing historical adventure' Kirkus Reviews

'Suspenseful and authentically detailed' Booklist

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