The Throne of Caesar, A Novel of Ancient Rome
Author: Steven Saylor
Hardcover: 392 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (February 20, 2018)
Purchase: Online or at local retailers
Book Jacket Introduction:
It’s Rome, 44 B.C., and the Ides of March approach. Julius Caesar, appointed dictator for life by the Roman Senate, has pardoned his remaining enemies and rewarded his friends. Now Caesar is preparing to leave Rome with his legions to wage a war of conquest against the Parthian Empire. But he has a few more things to do before he goes.
Gordianus the Finder, after decades of investigating crimes and murders involving the powerful, has been raised to Equestrian rank and has firmly and finally decided to retire. But on the morning of March 10th, he’s first summoned to meet with Cicero and then with Caesar himself. Both have the same request of Gordianus: Keep your ear to the ground, ask around, and find out if there are any conspiracies against Caesar’s life. And Caesar has one other matter of vital importance to discuss. Gordianus’s adopted son Meto has long been one of Caesar’s closest confidants. To honor Meto, Caesar plans to bestow on Gordianus an honor which will change not only his life but the destiny of his entire family. It will happen when the Senate next convenes on the 15th of March.
Gordianus must dust off his old skills and see what plots against Julius Caesar, if any, he can uncover. But more than one conspiracy is afoot. The Ides of March is fast approaching and at least one murder is inevitable.
This Critic’s Opinion:
I love a good mystery. I also love good historical fiction. I regret how few authors combine the two genre. Luckily I recently discovered Steven Saylor, best-known for his Roma Sub Rosa historical mystery series set in ancient Rome.
Who has not heard the admonition, “Beware the Ides of March”; the phrase, “Et tu, Brute?”; the name Julius Caesar? What a way to set the stage for murder! Can Gordianus the Finder unravel a plot already in motion? Best thing about this particular read is it introduced me to Sayor. His baker’s dozen of previously published books awaits.
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