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Buried Too Deep
First published in June 2008
by Poisoned Pen Press
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The third Aurelia Marcella mystery has been re-issued with a new cover. The text is unchanged, and I'm still selling the original version of the hardback and paperback, but you'll find the new edition in shops and on-line.
The year is 98 AD, a time of hope for the Roman Empire and its new Emperor, Trajan. In the northern province of Britannia, Aurelia Marcella shares the general optimism. Her mansio on the road to York is prospering, her sister Albia is happily married and settled in the wold country to the east, and her brother Lucius has an easy assignment, salvaging a shipwrecked government cargo with promise of a large reward..Read the first few pages , and see
But violence breaks out in the wolds, caused by an elusive band of sea-raiders from Gaul harassing farmsteads, and vicious feuding over land between Roman settlers and powerful native farmers. Albia's family are caught up in this and are in serious danger, and Lucius' easy assignment turns into a nightmare. He has disturbing family news to impart too, about past events which throw dark shadows into the present.
The landowners' hostility escalates into open violence. Brother and sisters, together with Aurelia's lover Quintus, must discover who is behind the bloodshed, and reveal the buried secrets of the past before the peace of the present is irrevocably broken.
Available in hardback, trade paperback, ebook, and large print (18 point,) also in braille. An audio version in MP3 format is narrated by British tv and stage actress Jacqueline King.
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