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A Coin for the Ferryman (Libertus Mystery) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. September 2007

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"A cracking tale with a fast-moving plot." --Conn Iggulden, author, "The Gods of War"


Rowe's clever whodunits continue to delight fans of historical crime, with Libertus and Junio proving a formidable and popular detective team. In Roman Britain, AD 189, every slave knows his lot in life depends solely on the morals -- or lack of morals -- of his master. Fortunately for one young Glevum slave, Junio, his owner, former slave turned pavement-maker Libertus, believes heartily in rewarding years of loyalty and service. Junio is to be granted his freedom in an elaborate ceremony at the Basilica Law Court. And what better moment than the manumission to announce the lad's engagement? But the young couple's happiness is threatened by a terrible omen: the gruesome discovery of a corpse, hastily concealed in a shallow grave. Who is it? And, more importantly, who will go to any lengths to cover up their heinous crime? Determined to solve the mystery before the impending nuptials, Junio joins his mentor Libertus in trying to piece together a truly masterful mosaic of murder!

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A story of greed and murder 13. September 2007
Von Irene Hahn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Libertus, the mosaic maker of Glevum, Britannia, must solve a murder on the property of his patron Marcus Aurelius Septimus before the Lemuria, the festival for the souls of the departed, takes place. Mystery builds on mystery. Complicating the matter, the daughter of an an irascible tribal farmer has disappeared at about the same time. As Libertus sets to work, he is constantly belittled by the haughty guest, strange things happen, more bodies are discovered, and Marcus' gatekeeper is murdered, and there seems to be obstruction all around.

As all the novels in this series, this book is written in a rather serious vein. Nonetheless, there is quite a bit to smile about, mostly about the young slaves in both households, especially the eager to please Maximus and Minimus, who are signed over to Libertus while Marcus travels to Rome and tend to finish each others sentences. Life in the villa, town life in Glevum, Libertus' little household, and the hostile British farmers whom Libertus encounters, are believably portrayed. All in all a good book by a dependable author.
A Coin for a Clue! 10. Oktober 2013
Von travelswithadiplomat - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This Libertus mystery left me bamboozled completely, lost in a mire of possibility, half-baked guesses, and little concrete facts. That's not to say its a poor book. Quite the opposite, it's actually nice to read an author for such a long time yet still be confounded. Murder mystery authors do become like favourite crossword compilers...you get to know how they think, the clues and mis-clues they throw out. Technically, it's quite difficult to write these types of novels for a recurring audience because patterns of blood emerge, formulas reappear and you find the novel simply degenerates into how rapidly you can confirm what you've already worked out.
But...for this Libertus novel, this isn't the case as Rowe loses us in a fog of "what the heck?". And, to boot, even kills off a couple of supporting characters whom have been near-present to date in the series. What I also like about the series is the underlying humming along of Libertus' family life. The little episodes and check-ins we get are not necessarily vital to the mystery, but are key to the story of our pavement maker.
This novel commences with the official liberation of Junio, his impending nuptials with Cilla, and their new roundhouse. It's the latter that triggers the mystery, what with the unfortunate corpse being found on the land that is being cleared. Bad luck indeed, and doubly so given it has occurred on the Lemuria - the Roman Festival of the Dead. As the land belong to Marcus, Libertus mega-rich patron, the body gets taken to the villa where the patron is preparing for a trip to Rome at the invitation of Governor Pertinax; there he not only needs to try and work out the identity of a body that a murderer has made a lot of effort to conceal, but also has to delicately navigate the social rudeness of Marcus' snobbish cosuin Lucius, a man both looking out for unusual circus acts to send to Rome for the Emperor's amusement and a man with an thoroughly unpleasant character.
I can't really say more about the plot as a curve ball is lobbed our way by Rowe in the opening three chapters, but suffice it to say the amount of misdirection that goes on here is remarkable. In fact Libertus spends most of the novel trying to work out the sequence of events when he's confronted by gold aureus, chopped hair, bashed in faces, poison, runaways, carts, and a clever culprit. Woven into this is a rather amusing process of him resettling his new slaves who are young, energetic, but rather inclined to acting without thinking - all of which nearly lands our hero sleuth in hot water in Glevum when he's accused of thievery by proxy.
A great installment by Rowe, this one. I was befuddled by it, which is exactly what I want to be until the Agatha Christie-esque denouement at a dinner party. All rather tidy, as the great author herself would likely say.
Got me hooked 18. August 2013
Von Cherrie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Love old Rome? Then this series is for you! Well written with great characters. The mystery part keeps the reader in suspense. Can't wait for the next book!
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Impressive detail, less impressive story 12. Juni 2007
Von Blue in Washington - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Rosemary Rowe's exhaustive scholarship on Roman Britain is admirable, but doesn't really make up for a story that is unnecessarily dense and convoluted, overly burdened with mundane dialogue and generally lacking in punch and mystery. This book did not compare favorably with any of the Marcus Didius Falco series by Lindsey Davis or "The Water Thief" by Ben Pastor.
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A coin for the Ferryman 13. Dezember 2007
Von Paul Wirtz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Well-written. informative on life in Roman Britain in the later days of R oman occupatiion. Not of the quality of books by Stephen Saylot which to me are the best of this genre.
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