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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1848128479
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1848128477
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.08 x 0.63 x 7.8 inches
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Million-selling author Caroline Lawrence writes detective stories with the double aim of entertaining children and teaching them. Combining fast-moving plots with historical accuracy means her history mystery stories are beloved of children, parents and teachers.

Caroline's first book, The Thieves of Ostia, was published in 2001. It introduces Flavia Gemina, the daughter of a sea-captain who lives in Rome’s port, Ostia. In the course of this first book set in the year of Vesuvius's eruption, Flavia meets three other children from different backgrounds: Nubia, a slave girl from Africa; Jonathan, a Jewish boy; and Lupus, a mute beggar boy. A further sixteen books follow the adventures of these four as they solve mysteries and have adventures in Pompeii, Rome, Greece, Turkey and North Africa.

The series was televised by the BBC in 2007 and 2008 with ten half hour episodes per season. Filmed in Tunisia, Bulgaria and Malta, it was the most expensive BBC children's TV series to date.

In 2009, Caroline won the Classical Association Prize for 'a significant contribution to the public understanding of Classics', an honour shared by Classicists such as Tom Holland and Mary Beard.

In 2011 Caroline launched a second historical detective series, the Western Mysteries, staring P.K. Pinkerton: a 12-year-old doubly orphaned detective who has trouble "reading people". The Case of the Deadly Desperados was the Sunday New York Times Editors' Choice in February 2012. P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified man was shortlisted for an Edgar Award in 2014. The UK title of the same book is The Case of the Good Looking Corpse. P.K.'s third mystery was The Case of the Pistol-packing Widows. The final and fourth book in the series is The Case of the Bogus Detective.

In 2014 Caroline agreed to write a series of four books set in Roman Britain. The Roman Quests follow the fortunes of three siblings as they flee Rome and travel to Britannia at the far edges of the Empire. Set in the final turbulent years of the Emperor Domitian, the books take readers to famous Romano-British sites such as Londinium, Fishbourne, Bath Spa, Caerleon, Cirencester, Chester, York, Camulodunum and more. Set thirteen years after the final Roman Mystery, the Roman Quests will feature cameos by Flavia, Jonathan, Nubia, Lupus... and Miriam's twins!

Caroline has also written two books for Barrington Stoke, who specialise in books for dyslexic and reluctant readers. The Night Raid is a re-telling of the story of Nisus and Euryalus from Virgil's Aeneid. Queen of the Silver Arrow tells the story of Virgil's wonderful creation, Camilla.

Caroline says: "I want to know everything about the past, especially the exciting things. Also the sounds, smells, sights and tastes. I write historical novels because nobody has invented a Time Machine. And I write for kids because 11 is my inner age."

Caroline has also written a spin-off series of four Roman books for readers aged 7+ called The Roman Mystery Scrolls.

Here are Caroline Lawrences books:


I The Thieves of Ostia - the friends meet and solve their first mystery

II The Secrets of Vesuvius - a riddle and danger as Vesuvius erupts

III The Pirates of Pompeii - who's taking children from the refugee camp?

IV The Assassins of Rome - Jonathan's search takes him to Rome

V The Dolphins of Laurentum - sunken treasure and Lupus's past

VI The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina - romance & mystery in Ostia

VII The Enemies of Jupiter - plague and fire in Rome, early AD 80

VIII The Gladiators from Capua - opening of the Colosseum, AD 80

IX The Colossus of Rhodes - the four friends take a cruise in May...

X The Fugitive from Corinth - then pursue a fugitive around Greece

XI The Sirens of Surrentum - the Bay of Naples for poison & decadence

XII The Charioteer of Delphi - a famous racehorse goes missing

The Code of Romulus - a World Book Day booklet

The First Roman Mysteries Quiz Book - Roman fashion, food, music & more

XIII The Slave-girl from Jerusalem - courtroom drama in Ostia

Trimalchio's Feast and other Mini-Mysteries - a collection of short stories

The Second Roman Mysteries Quiz Book - Roman medicine, love, marriage & more

XIV The Beggar of Volubilis - a caravan across North Africa

From Ostia to Alexandria with Flavia Gemina (a Travel Guide)

XV The Scribes from Alexandria - Egypt and Nubia in Roman times

XVI The Prophet from Ephesus - the four go to Asia Minor (Turkey)

XVII The Man from Pomegranate Street - who killed Titus & whom does Flavia marry?

The First Roman Mysteries Omnibus

The Legionary from Londinium and other Mini-Mysteries

The Roman Mysteries Treasury


I The Sewer Demon - Threptus the ex-beggar boy must overcome a creature from below

II The Poisoned Honey Cake - Threptus gets in trouble when he steals a cake from an altar

III The Thunder Omen - During the Saturnalia, Threptus and Floridius try to rig the omens

IV The Two-faced God - Threptus sees the god of the new year: Janus! Or does he?


1. The Case of the Deadly Desperados, the first of P.K. Pinkerton's adventures

2. The Case of the Good-looking Corpse, the shoot-outs book

3. The Case of the Pistol-packing Widows, Carson City shenanigans

4. The Case of the Bogus Detective, the stage-coach book

THE NIGHT RAID (for ages 11+)

Retelling of a story from book 9 of Virgil's Aeneid for teen readers


Retelling of a story from books 7 and 11 of Virgil's Aeneid for teen readers

THE ROMAN QUESTS (for ages 8+)

1. Escape from Rome (May 2016)

Juba and his siblings Fronto and Ursula flee from Rome to Britannia

2. The Archers of Isca (October 2016)

Fronto joins the Roman legion to learn to be brave

3. Death in the Arena (April 2017)

Ursula finds herself performing in the arena

4. Return to Rome (tbc)

The three siblings and their British friend Bouda return to face the Emperor Domitian

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Caroline K. Mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Time Travel Triumph!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Time Travel Triumph!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on June 6, 2020
Hooray for Caroline Lawrence for bringing us another adventure in her Time Travel Diaries. In the first, Alex travelled through Roman London and this time we follow him on an exciting quest in Athens. Alex’s best friend Dinu accompanies him and brings mischief as well as his eco-radical little sister. A brilliant map helps the reader trace their steps as they explore fifth century Athens, searching for Socrates. We learn about the Parthenon and the dazzling gold and ivory statue of Athena, and there are great references to pieces in the British Museum. As in Lawrence’s Roman Mysteries, the sounds, smells and tastes of the Ancient World come to life, and they are not always pleasant!

Friendships, loyalty, and the frivolity of ‘fame and fortune’ are all explored. We meet Socrates and learn about his teaching, his life and his death, in a vivid and accessible way. Children (and adults!) will learn about philosophy, art and archaeology, and daily life in ancient Athens while being treated to a gripping, witty and joyful story. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting and can’t wait to read it again. Lawrence’s wonderful writing is beautifully illustrated throughout by Sara Mulvanny (who also created the map). Highly recommended!
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