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Murder In Absentia: Urban Fantasy in Ancient Rome (Stories of Togas, Daggers, and Magic Book 1) by [Assaph Mehr]

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Murder In Absentia: Urban Fantasy in Ancient Rome (Stories of Togas, Daggers, and Magic Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 143 ratings
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Editorial Reviews


"For those who like to cross genres a bit, Murder In Absentia by Aussie writer Assaph Mehr is a skillful blending of historical fantasy with mystery set in a realm very much like ancient Rome. In fact, fans of the Falco mysteries by Lindsey Davis should very much enjoy this novel, first in a series featuring the intriguing Felix the Fox. Mehr creates a vivid cast and an equally vivid setting in which magic just seems to fit in perfectly."
-- Richard Knaak, NYT best-selling author of author of Legends of Huma

"Mehr's imagined world based on ancient Rome feels at once familiar and dreamlike. In Egretia, magic is real and potentially deadly. While rival incantatores have been banned from calling up competing winds to speed ferries across the bay -- they've drowned too many innocent sailors -- the powers of magic appear to have fallen into malevolent hands. Failed incantator Felix the Fox is investigating a mysterious death in a growing atmosphere of menace. I can’t help thinking the idea of Death by Magic might be closer to the mindset of some of the ancient world than our modern rationality."
-- Ruth Downie, author of the Medicusi series of Roman mysteries

"Hardcore Historical Fantasy - Felix the Fox is Sherlock Holmes in Ancient Times"
-- Jonathan Maas, award-winning author of Flare

"Mehr is a master alchemist, blending the real and surreal on a captivating flight of fantasy."
-- Cynthia Celmer

"YESSS! Harry Dresden in a toga. A bit lighter on the magic usage, but every bit as colorful and intriguing!"
-- Leslie Conzatti, Erin Sky, and a surprising number of Dresden Files fans

"This book gave me a 'book-hangover' - I could not get my head out of the world of Felix for days after finishing it! I hope that there will be more stories coming, of Felix's past and future. I like authors that create real human characters!"
-- R.M., Israel

"Finished Murder In Absentia twice now. A truly remarkable story which draws you in and makes it so you never want to leave."
-- Fuchsia Carter, UK

"For a history buff like me, it was the perfect blend of historical trivia and good old-fashioned murder mystery. A sheer delight to read."
-- W. Klijn, Australia

From the Author

This is a story of Togas, Daggers, and Magic - the book I always wanted to read. It balances my favourite genres of historical fiction set in Ancient Rome, Dark Urban Fantasy, and Hard-boiled Murder Mysteries.

I took great pains to research elements of culture and life in ancient Rome, but have chosen to make this novel a unique blend of historical fantasy. Set in a world all of itself, I was not tied to a particular year in Roman history, and instead able to venture into speculative fiction with a lot of "what ifs".

I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
In fact, I would love to hear from you! Writing is a solitary process, and connecting with readers is one of the greatest joys that come of it.

Videas Lumen!

Product details

  • Print Length : 310 pages
  • ASIN : B015TXPPG6
  • Publisher : Purple Toga Publications; 4th Edition (October 19, 2015)
  • Publication Date : October 19, 2015
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • File Size : 3025 KB
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 143 ratings