The Fateful Day

The Fateful Day

eBook - 2015
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A compelling new mystery for Libertus, set against the backdrop of the Roman Empire in turmoil and fighting for its survival... Libertus is passing the villa of his patron, Marcus Septimus Aurelius, when he sees an elaborate travelling carriage which has pulled up outside and is now blocking the road. Recognising that this may be an important visitor, Libertus approaches the carriage, intending to explain that Marcus is away, gone to Rome to visit his old friend Pertinax, who has recently been installed as Emperor. However, for his efforts, Libertus instead receives a torrent of abuse and the carriage-driver almost runs him down as he departs. Libertus is badly shaken, but goes back to the villa the next day to find out why there was no gate-keeper in evidence to deal with the stranger. There he finds a gruesome discovery: the man is dead and hanging in his hut, and none of the other house-slaves are to be found. Worse things are to follow as news arrives from Rome which will turn the lives, not only of Libertus and his family, but the whole Empire upside down...
Publisher: [United States] : Severn House Digital : Made available through hoopla, 2015.
ISBN: 9781780105932
1780105932
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Dec 19, 2014

Libertus begins this new adventure by being almost run over outside his patron's house by a very irritable stranger. The next day Libertus discovers the door to the house of his patron, Marcus Septimus Aurelius, unlocked and the gatekeeper hanging by his own belt. Then Libertus and his son, Junio, discover that the entire household staff has been herded into the orchard and decapitated. The Roman empire meantime is in chaos because the new emperor, Pertinax, has been killed by his own Praetorian guards, and a bidding war has ensued for their loyalty. Libertus receives help from unexpected people and manages to bring the miscreants to account pretty much on his own. With Marcus gone, this story is much less impeded with groveling to his patron, and Libertus manages to obtain information because of his reputation and friendships from previous exploits.

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