Unquiet Spirits

In 41 BC an ancient ceremony is disrupted when the body of an unknown girl is found in a burned-out shrine. Is this an attempt to unseat Octavian, struggling to control the city? Or the violent climax to a family feud? Before the truth can be discovered civil war breaks out, and the political struggle comes to a head in a great siege before the crime is solved in a shocking conclusion. More

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About Clare Bainbridge

I have been a writer all my life, but I'm hugely excited to have published my first book on Smashwords. I love historical detective fiction, and never could find enough new authors, who could write a good sentence, tell a good yarn, and really knew their Rome. After I'd hung around in bookshops and on the internet hoping in vain that one of my favourite authors - Lindsey Davis, David Wishart, Bruce Macbain and Rosemary Rowe, since you ask - might have just brought out another story, I decided that I'd like to do it myself.
At first I thought a book about Cicero might be good, but Steven Saylor's early books are all based on his cases. Then I thought about Julia, daughter of Augustus, and I'm keeping her up my sleeve. And then into my mind came a proper Roman aristocrat, tall, good-looking (naturally!) and just ready to suffer in the cause of Art. Not to mention his delightful sister. I just hope these characters can live for you as they have for me.
When I'm not reading or writing or cursing the stupid plot that doesn't want to hang together, or the ridiculous characters who've all suddenly decided to go to Baiae for a holiday when I want them in Rome, I garden and cook and sing and attend to my cat. Every now and then a visitor arrives and then I clean the house.
What else? I have a PhD in English Literature, I've been a teacher and a librarian plus a whole lot of other things. All of it goes into what I write, I guess.

About the Series: Roma Capta
The Roma Capta Series is set in ancient Rome at the time when the Republic had collapsed and the Empire was being formed. All the stories revolve around the series' main character,Aulus Manlius Torquatus. He is a senator, a soldier and a friend of Octavian, later Augustus, the first Roman emperor. At the start of the series, Torquatus is only 21, but then Octavian himself is only 20, far too young to be consul and one of the three men who have seized power and now rule the state.

Torquatus has an unfortunate habit of discovering dead bodies, but with the help of his sister Manlia and later his wife Cornelia he unravels the mysteries behind them. Sometimes these crimes are simple, sordid affairs, but often there's a political dimension and Torquatus fears for his own life and position.

He is also helped, and sometimes hindered, by his slaves, such as Trofimus, his steward, who knows just when to bring a jug of wine, Victor, who has quite a way with a toga, and Felix, who is also his half-brother.

Also in Series: Roma Capta


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