- File Size: 451 KB
- Print Length: 62 pages
- Publisher: Working Title Blogspot Books (July 11, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 11, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073WMSP61
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,184 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Dying to be Roman: A Dai and Julia Mystery Kindle Edition
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No longer rated to handle the case alone, Dai must work under the command of Julia—a Roman investigator. Accustom to being treated like second-class scum by Romans, who don’t even classify Britannia natives aa citizens, he braces himself for a miserable partnership. But with more ghosts in her past than Dai could have fathomed, Julia is unlike his assumed stereotype of how all Romans behave.
While Dai and Julia dig deep into their investigation, authors Swift-Hook and Jago are busy examining fundamental issues of class and segregation relevant to our own reality, proving that “human” is our only true title, and none are eligible to abuse it.
As a longtime fan of murder mystery, this novella was right up my alley. The alternate history aspect added layers of interest to the plot and gave the book a truly unique distinction. I highly recommend this to all fans of mystery and alternate history.
I have quibbles. Some of the character description is told, from the point of view of other characters, rather than shown, which I feel would be stronger. I found the premise of the tale—that the Roman Empire had endured until now—improbable to the point that I had to work to suspend disbelief.
But I enjoyed reading the story. The Briton and Roman team up to solve a series of brutal murders, and the little snippets of Latin in titles and forms of address gave the story a unique atmosphere.
A fun, unique read for those who enjoy who-done-its and alternate history.
In this high-tech future, Rome never fell. Roman culture continues to dominate the backwater province of Britannia. Dai Llewellyn is a local cop who carries no weapons. (It’s Britain, after all.) When he runs into murders linked directly to Rome, he’s assigned a well-armed Roman patrician woman as co-investigator. This is Julia Lucia Maxilla, all four foot eleven inches of her, who explains her entourage this way:
“‘Canis and Lupo are wolfhounds.” She turned and indicated the huge Saxon who stood at her shoulder. “The dogs and Edbert guard me. In case you missed it, I’m not very big, so if I need to intimidate somebody, they help with that, too.’”
To solve the mysteries, the duo face perils of high suspense and moments of cruelty, which, I confess, I didn’t enjoy. Still, they served as a reminder that historic ancient Rome was never a cruelty-free zone.
Safe to say, Dai and Julia survive because this is only the first of their four, in-print adventures. I’m eager to read the rest, and looking forward to more.
The writing is crisp, and the dialogue stays in within the period and context of the world the authors have masterfully created. Characters evolve quickly and the interplay between Dai and Julia feels real. If you aren’t familiar with the roles and customs of the Roman Empire, your familiarity will increase while reading.
Roman historians and murder mystery readers alike will find “Dying to be Roman” a captivating read. The story will leave you wanting more. I suspected the authors have more in mind.
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Could use some more meat, but found it to be amusing enough. Will explore the rest of the books