The Fateful Day

The Fateful Day A compelling new mystery for Libertus set against the backdrop of the Roman Empire in turmoil and fighting for itssurvival Libertus is passing the villa of his patron Marcus Septimus Aurelius when

  • Title: The Fateful Day
  • Author: Rosemary Rowe
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  • Page: 400
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  • A compelling new mystery for Libertus, set against the backdrop of the Roman Empire in turmoil and fighting for itssurvival 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 approacheA compelling new mystery for Libertus, set against the backdrop of the Roman Empire in turmoil and fighting for itssurvival .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 .

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    1. I love this series of Roman whodunnits! The Fateful Day is, in my opinion, less successful than some but it nevertheless kept me gripped and the final third packed a considerable punch.

    2. The Fateful Day is the latest book in the Libertus Mystery Series set in Ancient Roman Britain. The book (and series) is narrated in the first-person by Libertus, a freed slave who runs a mosaic workshop. Libertus seems to be writing his memoirs one month after the events, as we learn later. He records momentous events with asides explaining how he had no idea how important an event would be until much later in time. Libertus struggles along, attempting to deal with a huge disaster at his former [...]

    3. The protagonist – the solver of mysteries – in this series of novels set in Roman Britain is Libertus, a freedman who makes tiled pavements. It takes place literally in one day, a day that is fateful, not only for Libertus, but for all the Roman Empire.It's AD 192, Emperor Commodus is dead, assassinated, and Rome has anew emperor – Pertinax, a man in desperate need of friends, not least because he refuses to pay the Praetorian Guard, who guard emperors and can depose them. Libertus' patron [...]

    4. I enjoyed Libertus the mosaic maker again and caught up with his family. If you have not read any earlier books don't worry, this is just as good a place to start as the cast is small and easily recognised. Glevum in Roman Britain, which is modern Gloucester, is a bustling town and harbour. Libertus who crafts mosaics for the well-off people's villas, has a patron who is currently absent from home. Libertus finds the gatekeeper dead one day and the house slaves seem to have vanished - when he do [...]

    5. As far as I can tell, this is novel number fifteen in this series featuring Longinus Flavius Libertus set in Roman Britain, this one in the spring of AD 192. Even though I had not read any previous novels to feature Libertus I'm happy to say it was no problem whatsoever to begin my adventures with him at this point in the series. There is a very informative Foreword written by the author which puts the reader firmly in the historical setting with information about what was happening in the world [...]

    6. This is a different kind of series from what I normally read.That being said, I adore this series. I think of these books as Sherlock Holmes set in Roman Britain. Libertus is a former slave, now citizen of Rome, pavement maker. He has a powerful patron with ties to the latest Roman Emperor. This gives Libertus a little bit more security and his history of being a slave as well as his current status of citizen gives him a unique insight into the human condition of his time. This is not a series w [...]

    7. There is a great backstory here and the history and details of the era are very fine. Roman British Glevum ( Gloucester) is described as a retirement colonia and in this novel we find the military in control.The author indicates her endeavor for accuracy and I feel she succeeds, although the pace could be quicker, and would then merit 4 stars.Libertus is checking on the estate of his patron Marcus daily and this particular evening finds things have gone very awry. A complicated set of circumstan [...]

    8. I enjoyed this novel about Rome, from the point of view of Libertus, a former Celtic slave given his freedom and turned mosaic/tile floor craftsman. When his patron Marcus puts him in charge of overseeing his villa while on a trip, Libertus doesn't realize that he will be in the midst of a terrible violence in which all the house slaves are beheaded and Marcus' goods stolen. Libertus must find out who is responsibled he doesbut not before further violence touches him. Great characters and exciti [...]

    9. A fast and enjoyable read, the latest instalment in the adventures of Libertus starts with the slaughter of a houseful of slaves and encompasses both the death of the emperor and a tragedy closer to home. I like the way the tale doesn't shy away from the attitudes of a slave-owning society to the death of "property", and how differently an ex-slave thinks from the people around him.Looking forward to the next tale of murder and mayhem in Ancient Britain. Hopefully the colourful soothsayer will b [...]

    10. Light mystery read. Some of the descriptive passages of the settings could have been more vivid visually. The historical aspect of Roman Britain added interest.

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