Leonidas, champion gladiator of Rome, is set free from the games by a mysterious benefactor who grants him freedom, a place to live, and a servant—Cassia, a scribe—to look after him.
But the benefactor is only so generous—Leonidas must pay his own way and Cassia's, which means hiring himself out. The sharp-witted Cassia quickly lands him a post as a bodyguard, escorting a retired senator to Ostia.
The journey soon turns deadly, as Leonidas and Cassia find themselves squarely in the middle of intrigue that reaches from the slums of the Subura to the Palatine Hill and the emperor Nero himself.
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Intriguing New Mystery Series
I received an ARC of this book to read in exchange for a fair review. Blood of a Gladiator is the first book in an exciting new mystery series by Ashley Gardner. Set in ancient Rome during the reign of Nero, a newly freed gladiator Leonidas sets out to solve a mysterious death when it appears that he could be held responsible for the murder. Assisted by his slave Cassia, a scribe, his search goes from the palace of Nero to a lowly brothel and each answer he finds leads to more questions. I enjoyed this story very much and look forward to reading future books in this series. Publishing Date May 21, 2020. #bookstagram #BloodOfAGladiator #AncientRome #MurderMystery #historicalmystery #AshleyGardner