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Rubies of the Viper Paperback – February 23, 2010
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About the Author
Martha Marks earned her Ph.D. in Spanish literature and linguistics at Northwestern University and subsequently served on the faculties of Northwestern University and Kalamazoo College. She enjoyed studying and teaching the novels, plays, and poetry of great Spanish and Latin American authors, and she believes that Rubies of the Viper is a better novel because of her in-depth exposure to their work. Please visit Martha's website: marthamarks.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Theodosia Varro leaves the slums of Rome to claim the vast fortune and a fabulous villa she has inherited from her unscrupulous, villainous brother who was murdered by persons unknown. Young and unmarried, Theodosia soon finds herself the love interest of several men, all eager to get a hold of her vast inheritance. She is warned to beware of slaves, friends, and patrician nobles - all who may have had something to do with her brother's murder. And if her brother is murdered, then she may also become prey for the same reasons. Vulnerable, Theodosia must weave through a murky world filled with scrupulous and unscrupulous persons whose motives are all suspect. The novel's title stems from a beautiful set of goblets in Theodosia's villa that are embossed with a snake with ruby eyes. These goblets hold a great secret.
Rubies of the Viper is a wonderfully complex, opulent story! The plot us lush, the characters intriguing, and the mystery gripping. Get this book! Get it now! It's more than worth it.
Try as I might, I couldn't put it down. Parts are predictable and of course the heroine is in "love" with more than one loveable hero. Tragedy and injustice abound.
An enjoyable, fast, light read well grounded in ancient Roman culture, where class conflicts abound.
I understand Martha has plans for eventually writing two sequels - I shall certainly read them when they become available.Rubies of the Viper