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Murder In Absentia: Togas, Daggers, and Magic (Felix the Fox Book 1) by [Mehr, Assaph]
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"Hardcore Historical Fantasy - Felix the Fox is Sherlock Holmes in Ancient Times"
-- Jonathan Maas, author of City of Gods - Hellenica
 
"Mehr is a master alchemist, blending the real and surreal on a captivating flight of fantasy."
-- Cynthia Celmer
 
"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
 
"Just finished it in two sittings plus a peek or five while on public transport. Not quite what I expected but a very nice read. Like the world a lot as well. Nicely paced and well written, in all. I very much enjoyed it."
-- T.A., Germany

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, 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.

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  • File Size: 4903 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0994449313
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Purple Toga Publications; 2 edition (October 19, 2015)
  • Publication Date: October 19, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015TXPPG6
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A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees

★★★★★ (4.50)
Genre – Adult Fantasy/Mystery
Summary – A young man is found dead in his bed, with a look of extreme agony on his face and strange tattoos all over his body. His distraught senator father suspects foul play, and knows who to call on.
Enter Felix, a professional investigator. In the business of ferreting out dark information for his clients, Felix is neither a traditional detective nor a traditional magician – but something in between. Drawing on his experience of dealing with the shady elements of society and his aborted education in the magical arts, Felix dons his toga and sets out to discover the young man’s killers.
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Initial Thoughts – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I fell in love with this book and enjoyed reading every moment of it.
Plot – ★★★★★ The plot moves along quickly. Felix is constantly finding new clues and suspects, making it impossible to set down.
Characters – ★★★★☆ This novel is filled with countless characters that are all important and distinguishable in their own ways. However, I didn't quite connect with Felix and I think he could have used a little something more.
Story world – ★★★★★ It's clear just how much Assaph Mehr knows about ancient Rome. For every second of the novel, I could clearly understand the culture and the surroundings of Felix's world. In my opinion, it's one of the best parts of the novel.
Style – ★★★★☆ Assaph Mehr's writing was strong and compelling. However, there was just a little too much description in some parts for me.
Closing Thoughts – I would highly recommend this to fans of the supernatural and of mysteries.
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In a country that is a dead-ringer for ancient Roman, Felix Fox, finder of lost things and failed magician takes on a case for a grieving father whose son has died of very supernatural causes. Felix does a lot of pavement pounding and tangles with pirates, senators, mimes, revolutionaries, and murderous wizards in a clever and engaging plot. My only peeve with book was the author's insistence on making the setting the mythical empire of Egretia while making every detail that of ancient Rome except for lengthy and highly detailed turn by turn directions of each non-existant street and forum Felix trods. One more minor point: it may read "Felix the Fox" but in my head I heard "Felix the Cat.." I hope we get to see him in an adventure.
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What a pleasure to amble through the streets of ancient Rome, filling my nostrils with the scent of roasting lamb and my mind with the twists and turns of a murder mystery. Murder in Absentia is a feast for the senses and the mind. The author’s exquisitely detailed description of his fictionalized Roman city, Egretia, is based firmly in historically accurate research. You almost want to shake the dust from your toga as he takes you on a wild hunt along ancient streets that have been brought to vibrant life through his words. This puzzler of a mystery surrounding the murder of an affluent young man has all the elements necessary for an intriguing and spellbinding read: magic, subterfuge, secret societies, and ancient politics. Kudos to Assaph Mehr for a fantastic first novel — can’t wait to read a sequel!
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Murder in absentia is an original story by a very creative and talented writer. The world created and the story line is both fantastic and interesting! It's hard to put down... And I am actually getting ready to read again! I loved the Roman history! I love the writing style!!! Eager to read the next by this talented author!!!!
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Murder in-absentia was a surprisingly well-blended bit of magical Roman fantasy, and I mean that quite literally.

We follow the protagonist, Felix the Fox, through a uniquely winding tale of murder and magic. Felix himself is versed in a bit of magic, and uses that to his advantage when the son of a powerful man is found dead under mysterious circumstances. That magic, little as it might be, serves him well throughout his investigation.

If you’re hoping for the typical brand of murder-mystery, drama, and everything in between, this is not your novel. In fact, this reads more like an episode of House than anything. Right up to the ending which, I will admit, I didn’t see coming. There is a fair share of action, to be sure, and Felix engages when he has to, but it isn’t usually his first choice.

Egretia is such a detailed world. Mehr has done an absolutely wonderful job of creating not just an enriched world, but a detailed one at that. In a very Tolkein-esque maneuver, Mehr has provided glossaries, maps, and appendices for almost everything in the novel. The use of Latin throughout the book does call for such a thing, especially for those not well-versed in Roman history or language. The use is sprinkled rather copiously, but it’s not enough to boot you out of the story. Mehr does well enough to provide context clues or direct translations. The attention to historical detail is absolutely wonderful, and it’s such a joy to see authors combining different passions into a novel.

Some of the narrative was a little long and rambling, focusing on providing the reader with precise details of the world, back story, or just gentle observations to help you get to know Felix a little better.
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