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About Zara Altair
Zara Altair combines mystery with a bit of adventure in the Argolicus Mysteries, based in southern Italy at the time of Ostrogoth rule.
Meet Argolicus, a learned man, who turns detective at the bidding of neighbors who know him as trustworthy, wise, and fair. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the self-restraint of Epictetus, the theology of Arius, and the empirical insights of Marcus Aurelius all sharpened to an edge by wry humor and ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers politics, and digs into the deepest secrets of the human heart.
Italians (Romans) and Goths live under one king while the Roman Empire is ruled from Constantinople. At times the cultures clash, but Argolicus uses his wit, sometimes with help from his tutor Nikolaos, to provide justice in a province far from the King's court.
Zara Altair lives in Beaverton, Oregon. Her approach to writing is to present the puzzle and let Argolicus and Nikolaos find the solution encountering a bit of adventure and some humor in their search. Her stories are rich in historical detail based on years of research.
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Mystery in history.
A distressed widow. Greedy brothers. A huge farm dog. Argolicus unravels the threads.
When Argolicus counsels a grieving widow on the laws of inheritance, he finds the law will serve her cruelly. Her stepsons want her out and there is no recourse.
Then a field slave falls during peach harvest. Suspicions grow when Argolicus and Nikolaos learn more about the family and suspect that the death may not be from natural causes. As they question the family, they discover greed, and begin to distrust the stories they’ve been told.
Argolicus uses his sound judgment to get the brothers out of trouble and uses his reasoning to untangle the mystery of the widow’s estate.
The Peach Widow is one of the Argolicus Mysteries series where ancient Italian law collides with murder. If you like challenging mystery and rich historical detail you’ll love The Peach Widow. Buy now to discover the secret!
5 Stars "Leaves you wanting more!"
“The character of those times emerges on the page from the start...”
Mystery in history.
A corrupt governor. A young girl. An old man. Argolicus unravels the threads.
When a lifelong friend disappears, a peaceful retreat to the provinces turns into a challenge to the local governor for Argolicus.
A cruel slander originates from the venal governor. When Argolicus visits the governor, he discovers an unscrupulous plot destined to impoverish his friend. When his lifelong tutor overhears a comment, they set out to find their friend only to discover base cruelty and a secret plot.
A plot that challenges the King’s people, the roots of Roman civility, and his friend’s life.
Affronted, he pursues the thread. Little does he know that his investigation will pitch him in a fight with thugs and ultimately set him head-to-head with the governor.
If you like mysteries set in ancient Italy, get The Used Virgin today and solve the puzzle.
5 Stars “A rich tapestry of interactions that serve to draw the reader deeper in...”
“The feel of a time long passed as a mystery unfolds.”
Mystery in History
A Childhood Friend. An Overbearing Father. A Worldly Bishop.
Argolicus unravels the threads.
In ancient Italy where religion and politics mesh, patrician Argolicus can’t resist following clues when his friend is murdered.
When his childhood friend is brutally murdered, old wounds open as Argolicus’ friend’s powerful father forbids him to dig deeper. He finds himself trapped in old conflicts while new enemies try to stop him at any cost. As the tension builds, he pledges to find the killer.
But then, his mother makes a counter pledge that plunges him in a dilemma. A word given is trust, and now he’s caught in a double bind that drives him toward the killer. Tempers flare and everything seems hopeless until the vellum scribe shares his wisdom. With death threats looming, Argolicus has one chance to find the killer.
The Vellum Scribe is the fourth book in the Argolicus mysteries set in Ostrogoth Italy. If you like a puzzling mystery and rich historical detail, you’ll love The Vellum Scribe.
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“A very rewarding read.”
Mystery in History
A naive teenager. A sister with secrets. A corrupt patrician. Argolicus unravels the threads.
Argolicus and Nikolaos deliver a gift but arrive hours after a brutal murder. They look for an answer until they find that a man’s secrets do not go with him to the grave.
When Argolicus leaves Rome to retire to his estate in southern Italy, his powerful friend Boethius asks a small favor. Before he sets sail to the south, deliver a book to a young man in Ostia near the port at the mouth of the Tiber river.
When Argolicus arrives in the dying resort town, he finds chaos and sorrow in the villa. The young book lover’s father has been viciously murdered just hours before and the young man asks for help.
With just days to find the killer before his ship leaves port, Argolicus must probe the politics of the dying town. But with every investigation he makes, the circle of possibilities grows. Success seems out of reach and he must disappoint the family, until a ruffian accosts him and pieces fall into place.
The Roman Heir is the first book in the Argolicus mysteries set in Ostrogoth Italy. If you like a puzzling mystery and rich historical detail, you’ll love The Roman Heir.
Buy The Roman Heir now to go back in time when murder wasn’t a crime!
Few books give a good sense of the times they are set. This one delivers!