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Oracle of the Dead

(2008)
(Book 12 in the SPQR series)
A novel by

 
 
Decius Caecilius Metellus, this year's magistrate for cases involving foreigners, is living the good life in southern Italy, happy to be away from Rome, a city suffering war jitters over Caesar's impending actions. He thinks he is merely visiting one of the local sights when he takes a party to visit the Oracle of the Dead, a pre-Roman cult site located at the end of a tunnel dug beneath a temple of Apollo. He quickly learns that there is a bitter rivalry between the priests of Apollo and those of Hecate, who guard the oracle.

When the priests of Apollo are all killed, the countryside looks to explode in violence as Greeks, Romans and native Italians of several conquered nations bring out old enmities. Decius is caught squarely in the middle, desperate to find a way out that will pacify the district and, incidentally, save his own skin.

This riveting series began with the Edgar Award-nominated SPQR and has gone on to international success in 13 languages.

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Hardback Editions

December 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: SPQR XII: Oracle of the Dead (The SPQR Roman Mysteries)
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
ISBN: 0-312-38093-3 / 978-0-312-38093-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Paperback Editions

December 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: SPQR XII: Oracle of the Dead: A Mystery (The SPQR Roman Mysteries)
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
ISBN: 0-312-53895-2 / 978-0-312-53895-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Audio Editions

March 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: SPQR XII: Oracle of the Dead
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
ISBN: 1-978618-17-4 / 978-1-978618-17-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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May 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: SPQR XII
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
ISBN: 1-5226-0229-1 / 978-1-5226-0229-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: SPQR XII: Oracle of the Dead
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


April 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: SPQR XII: Oracle of the Dead
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: SPQR XII: Oracle of the Dead
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: SPQR XII: Oracle of the Dead: A Mystery (The SPQR Roman Mysteries Book 12)
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA