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Saturnalia

(1999)
(The fifth book in the SPQR series)
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This Fifth book in John Maddox Roberts's Edgar-nominated historical mystery series once again takes the reader back to the Rome of Julius Caesar and the Roman senator Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger. Decius has won himself a reputation as both an investigator and, most unfortunately, a bit of a playboy. Having been banished by his family for sometimes embarrassing activities to a rather leisurely lifestyle on Rhodes, he is puzzled to be suddenly and unexpectedly summoned home to assist in an investigation.

Quintus Caecilius Metellus Celer, a relative of Decius and his family and the head of a powerful political clan, has been poisoned, and his infamous wife Clodia is immediately suspected of disposing of her rather inconvenient husband. Not entirely convinced of Clodia's guilt, Decius delves into the intricacies of Rome's ruling class and discovers that a clandestine, forbidden witches' cult is inextricably intertwined with some very highborn people. A trial for Clodia would be most unwelcome, as it could bring to light some well-kept secrets. To get to the bottom of the corruption that accompanies the intoxicating allure of this ancient city, Decius must form an uneasy alliance with Clodius, Clodia's brother and his sworn enemy, and be extremely careful not to step on any toes.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Used availability for John Maddox Roberts's Saturnalia

Hardback Editions

October 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: SPQR V: Saturnalia (The SPQR Roman Mysteries)
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
ISBN: 0-312-20582-1 / 978-0-312-20582-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Saturnalia (SPQR V)
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
ISBN: 0-312-32018-3 / 978-0-312-32018-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Audio Editions

December 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: SPQR V: Saturnalia
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
ISBN: 1-978604-83-1 / 978-1-978604-83-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


May 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: SPQR V
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
ISBN: 1-5226-0223-2 / 978-1-5226-0223-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: SPQR V: Saturnalia
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


February 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: SPQR V: Saturnalia
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: SPQR V: Saturnalia
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: SPQR V: Saturnalia (The SPQR Roman Mysteries Book 5)
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA