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    • ISBN:9780755350230
    • Publication date:30 Oct 2012

The Queen of the Night (Ancient Rome Mysteries, Book 3)

Murder and suspense in Ancient Rome

By Paul Doherty

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In the summer of 314, dark figures who lurk in the twilight of Roman society are on the prowl, and Rome is shocked by a series of gruesome murders in the third novel featuring imperial secret agent Claudia

Rome: August 314 AD, and as the sun's insidious heat beats down, murderous forces lurk in the underbelly of the city. The normally cosseted world of Rome's rich and powerful is rocked by a series of violent abductions, as children of the elite are kidnapped and held for ransom. Meanwhile, veteran soldiers, men who served Constantine along the Great Wall in northern Britain are being barbarously murdered; the indignities inflicted on their corpses reminiscent of the gruesome practices of the Picts whom they fought so many years ago.

The Empress Helena summons her secret agent, Claudia, in a bid to resolve these macabre occurrences. But Claudia has problems of her own. The perfectly preserved corpse of a young Christian woman has been disinterred in her uncle's garden and it falls to her to investigate this mystery too. Now she must track her way through a murky tangle of politics, religion and murderous violence, ever aware that the slightest mistake could cost her life.

Biographical Notes

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough. He studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities and obtained a doctorate for his thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. He is now headmaster of a school in north-east London and lives with his family in Essex.

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  • ISBN: 9780755328819
  • Publication date: 04 Dec 2006
  • Page count: 464
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