Zara Altair


Zara Altair combines mystery with a bit of adventure in the Argolicus mysteries. The Used Virgin is the first in a series of mysteries based in southern Italy at the time of the Ostrogoth rule of Italy under Theoderic the Great. 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. She is a fiction author writing in the historical fiction genre. 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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What's the story behind your latest book?
My work in progress Felix Ravenna: A Mosaic is set in early 6th Century Italy when the Ostrogoth King Theoderic ruled all of Italy. The main character Argolicus is mentioned briefly several times in the Variae of Cassiodorus. However, we know little about his character.
When I waa reviewing research I came across a letter in the Variae of Cassiodorus (iii, 46) which has puzzled scholars. Who better to solve the mystery than the hero Argolicus?

I had so much fun writing the mystery, I decided to write more.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The short story has been sitting on my computer for a while. I decided that indie publishing was a way for readers who like historical mystery to enjoy a unique short read.
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Where to find Zara Altair online


Welcome readers! Thank you for reading about Argolicus and the world of Sixth-Century Italy. A little about me and some book background. Enjoy. Consider leaving a review and get in touch about writing, mysteries, researching history, or just to say Hello. Zara


The Used Virgin: An Argolicus Mystery
Price: Free! Words: 7,980. Language: American English. Published: March 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
After Rome, before the Middle Ages, Italy belonged to the Ostrogoths. A corrupt governor. A young girl. An old man. Argolicus unravels the threads when he discovers his friend has been accused of raping a virgin.

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