Deep in the reed beds, the water shimmered and rippled. After three days’ submersion, the gases inside gently raised the body to the surface. Setting a seventeen-year-old youth on his final journey downstream.
When a wealthy horse trainer starts courting her mother-in-law, Claudia knows love has bugger-all to do with it. Especially with the number of hangers-on who’ve moved in. But exactly what is his game? Can it be connected to a string of local misfortunes?
At first, Claudia is simply curious.
Then a young man is found dead…
Todd's 12th Claudia Seferius Roman historical whodunit (after 2004's Stone Cold) offers more of the same a fast-paced mystery punctuated by anachronistic colloquialisms that will jar some readers' ears. The perpetually insolvent Claudia involves herself in several puzzles that may relate to her mother-in-law Larentia's fianc , who's in a position to limit Larentia's financial options. Two young men have turned up dead in Tuscany, and the locals have been plagued by a series of misfortunes suggesting that the region has been afflicted by a curse. Series fans won't be surprised that Claudia's longtime love interest, Marcus Cornelius Orbilio, of the Security Police, resurfaces; newcomers may find their bantering exchanges annoying. Those seeking better ancient Roman period detail and trickier crimes to unravel will be better served by Rosemary Rowe or Steven Saylor.