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Books in this series keep getting better with each one. Fast-moving, with good plot.
The litter of a Parthian prince is attacked and a Parthian diplomat's throat is cut, and Marcus, at the behest of Tiberius [aka the Wart], is called in to investigate. Everything's tied up neatly. I did have to read twice [no chore, that!] to understand the complex politics. ( )
  janerawoof | Sep 2, 2013 |
Someone has attacked a Very Important foreigner resident in Rome -- a Parthian prince, in fact -- and Corvinus has been drafted to investigate the situation. He finds himself kneedeep in politics, domestic and foreign, and deep in the toils of a singularly complex investigation. Brisk and well plotted, this entry shares the positives of the series as a whole -- a fascinating recreation of Rome in the early years of the Empire, and an engaging central character. ( )
  annbury | Sep 22, 2010 |
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While conducting an investigation into an attack on the Parthian Prince Phraates, one of the Parthian delegation is murdered and a full diplomatic incident threatens. The byzantine twists and turns of the case give Corvinus a headache that rivals his customary hangover, and it takes a violent threat to his wife Perilla before he gets a grip on what’s really happening.

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"If there is one thing Marcus Corvinus hates more than doing the household accounts, it is politics. So when he is interrupted in the former to get involved in the latter, he is not best pleased." "His brief is to conduct an unofficial investigation into an attack on the Parthian Prince Phraates, a task that taxes his (none too) diplomatic skills to the utmost. Then the attack is followed by a successful murder of one of the Parthian delegation and a full diplomatic incident threatens. The byzantine twists and turns of the case give Corvinus a headache worse than his customary hangover, and it takes a violent threat to Perilla before he begins to get a grip on what is involved. Along he way he learns a lot about the spice trade - and has some problems with a basket of lampreys."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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