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Head of Zeus
Buried Too Deep
01 Nov 2012 * EBOOK * £5.99 * 9781781850299

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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Buried Too DeepAn Aurelia Marcella Mystery, 3by Jane 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.

BURIED TOO DEEP. The spring of 98 AD is a time of optimism and business is brisk at Aurelia Marcella's inn on the road to York in Britannia. Then a wagon arrives bearing a local farmer seeking treatment for a grievous sword wound. Before the farmer dies, he tells Aurelia his family is in grave danger and hints that her sister's family, living near him, is threatened too. Aurelia sends for her twin brother Lucius, who is a government investigator. Together they head for the eastern coast to find out more, and to check out a shipwreck bearing valuable official cargo. A band of piratical Gauls is working the area – are they cover for something worse?

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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