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The Temple of the Muses

(1992)
(The fourth book in the SPQR series)
A novel by

 
 
Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger has been enjoying an easy exile on Rhodes, banished by his family for his incorrigible trouble-making. But he is recalled to Rome when they suddenly have a need for his peculiar skills. Metellus Celer, head of a politically powerful family, has been poisoned, and the most likely candidate for the deed is his infamous wife, Clodia. A simple case of a wife disposing of an incovenient husband. It happens every day. But nothing is ever simple about murder among Rome's ruling classes. Poisoning is more serious than, say, stabbing or strangulation. Poisoning involves the laws against witchcraft. There is a secret, forbidden cult of the old Earth gods that flourishes right alongside the official State cult of the Olympians, and Decius discovers that some very highborn people are involved in it. A trial of Coldia for poisoning could embarrass some of Rome's most important families.

And there is a further complication. Decius thinks Clodia is innocent (of this particular murder, anyway) and is forced into an uneasy alliance with her brother, Clodius, darling of the plebs and his sworn enemy. Life is never simple for the servant of the Senate and People of Rome.

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Paperback Editions

October 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Temple of the Muses (SPQR IV)
Author(s): John Roberts
ISBN: 0-312-24698-6 / 978-0-312-24698-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur
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September 1992 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Temple of the Muses (SPQR Mystery, Book 4)
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
ISBN: 0-380-76629-9 / 978-0-380-76629-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
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Audio Editions

December 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: SPQR IV: The Temple of the Muses
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
ISBN: 1-978604-81-5 / 978-1-978604-81-0
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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May 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: SPQR IV
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
ISBN: 1-5226-0221-6 / 978-1-5226-0221-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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February 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: SPQR IV: The Temple of the Muses
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2013 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: SPQR IV: The Temple of the Muses
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: SPQR IV: The Temple of the Muses
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: SPQR IV: The Temple of the Muses
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

April 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: SPQR IV: The Temple of the Muses: A Mystery (The SPQR Roman Mysteries Book 4)
Author(s): John Maddox Roberts
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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