The Blood of Caesar

The Blood of Caesar

A Second Case From the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger

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Pliny the Younger and Tacitus have another mystery to solve - actually layers of mysteries. During dinner at the emperor Domitian's palace, a workman is discovered dead in the archives. Why is this humble man's death important to the ruler of Rome? Domitian assigns Pliny to uncover references to an unknown heir of Augustus Caesar in a memoir of Nero's mother. Why does Domitian suspect his own copy of the memoir is incomplete? And how does his suspicion relate to the niece of Pliny's old friend and mentor? Is Tacitus' father-in-law Agricola a villain or a potential victim? Like a sinister red line slashed through a carefully prepared manuscript, the legacy of the great Augustus marks the connections to slaves of Pliny's own household. Pliny and Tacitus must descend to the Stygian underworld of Nero's buried "golden house" to find answers. Will the answers save the peace of Rome, or mark its doom?

& Taylor

Pliny the Younger investigates after the body of a mason is found in the library of Princeps Domitian at the same time Pliny and Tacitus are ordered by Domitian to search for a blood heir to the throne.

Publisher: Boone, NC : Ingalls Pub. Group, 2008
ISBN: 9781932158823
Characteristics: 257 p


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Jan 29, 2014

I found the first Pliny book a better mystery than this one. The reader figures out the plot twist in the first 40 pages when it takes the book over 200 pages to reveal it. Just a bit too easy. I will, however, keep with the series.

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