The unsavory adventures of Ancient Rome’s “bawdy superbitch with a talent for sleuthing” continue in these two mysteries set in 13 BC (Ms. London).
When a wealthy horse trainer starts courting her mother-in-law, wine merchant Claudia Seferius knows love has bugger-all to do with it. Especially with the number of hangers-on who’ve moved in. But exactly what is his game? Can it be connected to a string of local misfortunes? At first, Claudia is simply curious. Then a young man is found murdered, floating downstream . . .
Blackmailed into investigating the murder of a child, Claudia is plunged into a bizarre world of priestesses who have no use for men beyond slave labor. But there is discord within this secret society. While Claudia works to uncover the truth, a sinister force moves in the background. A master of disguise, the Scorpion is uniting the tribes in an uprising against Rome. No one crosses this man and lives. Especially fiery young Roman women . . .