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Every culture has its wild entertainment but the Roman Saturnalia is looked upon as the granddaddy of them allRoberts's vivid fictional account of the annual event takes place in first century Rome is a historically correct picture of excess with the city's ordinary life shut down all rules and most laws inoperative and even slaves permitted to celebrate without restraint At. This had all of the elements of the previous books in the series arranged in a harmonious package Maddox portrays the city of Rome very convincingly There are long passages where one of the characters explains to the protagonist how some aspect of the ancient world works Maddox does this deftly so that the reader is informed but the exposition does not act as a drag on the plot There was not a lot of character development but one would not expect to see that in a long running series

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Saturnalia SPR #5

The same time the noted family of Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger have reluctantly summoned the young playboy banished to the island of Rhodes for his wild ways to seek his help in solving a crime that touches them directly and dangerously They need him to use his investigative talents to look into the poison death of a politically powerful relative and the suspicion th. This one was fun being set during Saturnalia the one day in the year where the slaves don t have to obey their masters in Rome Hermes enjoys it far too much even taking the liberty of calling Decius by his name instead of master which I found hilarious The case was good too specifically since the most likely suspect was way too obvious making it of a mystery of who did it With the exception of a few deviations the narrative flowed nicely And I like book 4 the story is able to stand on its own feet without relying too heavily on historical events unlike the first 3 books which while still fun to read made it the plot all too predictable for a student of Ancient Roman historyThe Metellii seem to like to hedge their bets politically making sure they have an alliance with each of the 3 big men to Rome Crassus Pompey and Caesar Decius being the link to Caesar with being betrothed to Julia Minor I enjoyed Decius s interactions with Julia in this one as they were able to be free with their affections for one another thanks to the Saturnalia season Decius still finds her complete unwillingness to see who her uncle Julius Caesar really is despite all the evidence he presents her amusing and frustrating I just find it amusing Though some of the shine in her eyes might have worn off in this one If just a bitNow that the series has hit its stride with book 4 and book 5 I m looking forward to book 6

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At it is the man's wife who administered the dose Decius convinced she is innocent of this murder at any rate looks further for the killer a uest that leads him to a secret banned cult of witchcraft being practiced by highborn Romans of both sexes With the witches at his heels Decius plunges into the maelstrom of Rome at the height of Saturnalia and barely escapes with his li. Entertaining as usual and you learn than a couple of things in the process definitely a very good deal


10 thoughts on “Saturnalia SPR #5

  1. says:

    In Saturnalia SPR series hero Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger goes back to Rome to investigate his kinsman's murder While not

  2. says:

    This had all of the elements of the previous books in the series arranged in a harmonious package Maddox portrays the city

  3. says:

    Decius is called back to Rome from his exile in Rhodes in order to investigate the death of his relative uintus Caecilius

  4. says:

    This one was fun being set during Saturnalia the one day in the year where the slaves don't have to obey their masters in Rome Hermes enjoys it far too much even taking the liberty of calling Decius by his name instead of master which I found hilarious The case was good too specifically since the most likely suspect was way too obvious makin

  5. says:

    I don't have all the books so I am reading this #5 following #2 Comparing the two Saturnalia holds together better as a plot than The Catiline Conspiracy It is easier to track the characters now that we know them but I think this plot also introduces them better In addition to hearing about the interesting Greek doctor Asklepiodes Decius has picked up a young slave Hermes and a finance Julia a member of Cesar's family

  6. says:

    Usually the family of Decius Caecilius Metellus the younger finds his interest in sleuthing unbecoming but when a family member dies and rumors abound Decius is recalled to Rome just in time for the year end celebration of Saturnalia Another fun audio listen with narration by John Lee

  7. says:

    Entertaining as usual and you learn than a couple of things in the process definitely a very good deal

  8. says:

    Looked at poisonings and the opinions on witches and religions in Ancient Rome while solving the crime

  9. says:

    Outstanding story terrific seriesAbout halfway through the series 6th of 13; so far the author hasn't failed to please Looking forward to book 7

  10. says:

    Great Series