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Danger in the Wind
01 Nov 2012 * EBOOK * £4.49 * 9781781850336

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

Fiction / FFH (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 336 pages
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Danger in the WindAn Aurelia Marcella Mystery, 4by 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.

DANGER IN THE WIND. On fine summer's morning in 100 AD, Aurelia awakes to two unusual events: a soldier murdered in his bed, and a letter arrived from Isurium and her cousin, Jovina, inviting Aurelia to a midsummer birthday party. But the missive also reads as a plea for help, referring to 'danger in the wind'. The murdered soldier also bore a message, locked in Aurelia's strongbox, indicating violence would erupt at the very same fort on the day of the party. At Isurium, Aurelia finds Jovina and her drunken husband and unruly children caught in a tangled web of greed, love, intrigue, and death. When violence engulfs the district, Aurelia suddenly finds herself in peril from enemies engaged in an anti-Roman plot and from family members bent on misguided or evil agendas of their own.

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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