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Saylor’s Roma Sub Rosa mystery series is one of life’s pure pleasures!
(Book Passage News & Reviews)



In ancient myth, the Egyptian god Horus came upon Venus engaged in one of her many love affairs. Cupid, her son, bribed Horus with a rose to keep quiet; thus the rose became the symbol of confidentiality, and a rose hanging over a council table indicated that all present were sworn to secrecy. Sub Rosa (“under the rose”) has come to mean “that which is done in secret.” Thus ROMA SUB ROSA: the secret history of Rome, as seen through the eyes of Gordianus.


Steven Saylor’s engrossing series of popular novels centered around Gordianus the Finder — a kind of Roman Sherlock Holmes.(Wall Street Journal)

Saylor puts such great detail and tumultuous life into his scenes that the sensation of rubbing elbows with the ancients is quite uncanny.
(New York Times Book Review)

“Saylor has acquired the information of a historian but he enjoys the gifts of a born novelist.”
(Boston Globe)

The detail is meticulous.
(Archaeology Magazine)




THE SEVEN WONDERS
In this prequel to the series, the 18-year-old Gordianusgoes on a far-flung journey to see the Seven Wonders of the World, encountering murder, mayhem, and magic “As always, Saylor excels at bringing the past alive.” (Publishers Weekly). AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBound • audio from Audible • audio from iTunes

RAIDERS OF THE NILE
Gordianus celebrates his 22nd birthday in Alexandria, capital of Egypt, but gets a rude surprise when his slave Bethesda goes missing—the apparent victim of a kidnapping. Gordianus ventures into the lawless Nile Delta in search of her, and finds himself drawn into a plot to steal the golden sarcophagus of Alexander the Great. • AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBound

ROMAN BLOOD
The novel that began the series. Rome, 80 B.C.: When an aspiring young advocate named Cicero takes on his first big murder case, he draws the wrath of the dictator Sulla...and turns for help to Gordianus the Finder. Gripping...A combination of Hitchcock-style suspense and vivid historical details. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) • Roman Blood 20th Anniversary Pages AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundaudiocassettes from Amazon • mp3 cd audio from Amazon • audio from iTunes

THE HOUSE OF THE VESTALS
A collection of nine short stories; all take place in the period between the novels Roman Blood and Arms of Nemesis. Intriguing adventures set in Romes ancient, grimy and bustling streets, full of a brilliantly-drawn cast of characters. Murder and thievery, blackmail gone horribly wrong and the ghosts of dead heroes throng the pages. (Gay Times/London) • Amazonlarge-print editionBarnes & NobleIndieBound audio cd from Amazon • audio from iTunes

A GLADIATOR DIES ONLY ONCE
A second collection of short stories finds the young Gordianus investigating suspicious doings at gladiator matches and chariot races. “Intriguing puzzles....The stories are admirably varied—some are extensive mysteries; others offer short, sharp slices of life. All are marvelous reads in themselves and marvelous reflections of ancient Rome.” (Booklist). • AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundaudio cd from Amazon • audio from Audible • audio from iTunes

ARMS OF NEMESIS
As the Spartacus slave revolt rages through Italy, Gordianus is summoned to the Bay of Naples by Romes richest man, Marcus Crassus. Two escaped slaves appear to have murdered their master...and unless Gordianus can prove otherwise, every slave in the household will be slaughtered. “An intriguing mix of historical accuracy and tense drama.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) • AmazonaudiobookBarnes & NobleIndieBoundmp3 cd audio from Amazon • audiocassettes from Amazon • audio from iTunes

CATILINAS RIDDLE
Gordianus and his family become enmeshed in the political rivalry of Cicero and the charismatic radical Catilina. Why do headless bodies keep turning up on Gordianuss property? Which side in the bloody conflict will he ultimately choose? The solution of the whodunit is a textbook example of the Least Suspected Person. (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine) • AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundaudiocassettes from Amazon • audio cd from Amazon • audio from iTunes

THE VENUS THROW
Gordianus is drawn into the decadent circle of the poet Catullus and his amoral lover Clodia. Who poisoned the philosopher Dio? What does the eunuch Trigonian secretly desire? As the crumbling Roman Republic spins out of control, Gordianus confronts temptations he never dreamed of. The best mystery novel of 1995...a work of art. (The Oregonian) • AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBound
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A MURDER ON THE APPIAN WAY
As civil war between Caesar and Pompey looms, demagogues wage gang battles in the streets of Rome. When the rabble-rouser Clodius is killed on the Appian Way, Rome erupts in flames. His arch-enemy Milo is the obvious suspect...or is he? Sir Derek Jacobi calls it an enthralling re-creation of its time and place, a fascinating piece of story-telling.” • AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundaudio cd from Amazon • audio from iTunes

RUBICON
Caesar marches on Rome, the Senate flees in panic, and Gordianus the Finder is faced with the most unusual investigation of his career. A murder in his own garden leads the Finder into a deadly maze of wartime espionage. A conclusion as shocking as it is unexpected....A gripping read thats as intense as it is satisfying. (Booklist) Saylor meticulously re-creates a chaotic world...Whats most memorable, though, is the brilliantly simple solution. (Kirkus) • AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBound
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LAST SEEN IN MASSILIA
In search of his missing son, Gordianus travels to the besieged seaport of Massilia and finds himself entangled in a deadly web of wartime espionage and intrigue. Stellar...A vivid tableau of an ancient city under siege. (Publishers Weekly) Exemplary...Matchless elegance. (Kirkus) • AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundaudio cd from Amazon • audio from Audible • audio from iTunes

A MIST OF PROPHECIES
The death of a beautiful seeress and the wartime intrigues of Romes most powerful women propel Gordianus the Finder into a web of deceit, murder and forbidden passion. It would be impossible to imagine a more stellar lineup of suspects in all imperial Rome. (Kirkus ) • Click here for more reviews. • Amazonlarge-print editionBarnes & NobleIndieBoundaudio cd from Amazon •

THE JUDGMENT OF CAESAR
Gordianus travels to Egypt, even as Julius Caesar arrives for his first encounter with Cleopatra in the turbulent city of Alexandria. “A political thriller of the first order!” (Booklist) • Click here for more reviews. • Amazonlarge-print editionBarnes & NobleIndieBoundaudio cd from Amazon

THE TRIUMPH OF CAESAR
Rome, 46 B.C.: Now dictator for life, Julius Caesar prepares to celebrate his triumphs with stupendous pageantry—but Caesar’s wife Calpurnia is convinced of a plot on her husband’s life. Once again, murder and intrigue draw Gordianus into the vortex of history. “Stellar...compelling...a triumph!” (Publishers Weekly) Read more reviews here. • Read Steven’s essay “Gordianus Lives!” (from Mystery Readers Journal).
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Also by Steven Saylor:

ROMA
Daily Express (London): “Saylor expertly weaves the true history of Rome with the lives and loves of its fictional citizens.” • For more reviews, click here • Spanning a thousand years, and following the shifting fortunes of two families though the ages, this is the epic saga of Rome, the city and its people. Followed by Empire. AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBound • audio from Audible • audio from iTunes
EMPIRE
USA Today: “Thrilling...with one of the greatest authors of historical fiction as our guide, it’s a glorious ride. • For more reviews, click here • In this follow-up to Roma, five generations of the Pinarius family witness the madness of Caligula and Nero, the eruption of Vesuvius, the spectacular opening games of the Colosseum, and much more. AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundaudio cd from Amazon • audio from Audible • audio at iTunes0
FUTURE, PRESENT, PAST
Three short stories from three different genres: “Insecticide,” a chilling tale of the near-future…“Murder Myth-Begotten,” a modern-day story of suspense…and “The Eagle and the Rabbit,” set in 146 B.C. after the fall of the Carthage, as a handful of survivors are hunted down by ruthless Roman mercenaries—a timeless tale of cruelty and betrayal, courage and freedom. KindleiBooksNook
MY MOTHER’S GHOST
In these three autobiographical essays, Steven writes with remarkable candor about his mother’s death, growing up in a small Texas town, and his marriage to another man. Also included is the prize-winning short story “Kinder, Gentler.” KindleiBooksNook
A BOOKISH BENT
A baker’s dozen of essays written over a period of twenty years, beginning in 1992 when Steven was asked to interview the poet Thom Gunn. All these essays have a connection to reading and writing, including “On Big Trucks, Bush, and Bikes,” which begins at the Texas Book Festival in Austin but ends with a chilling reflection on the near-miss that almost prevented George Bush’s presidency. KindleiBooksNook
HAVE YOU SEEN DAWN?
Austin American-Statesman: A “rocket of a read...with enough red herrings and things that go bump in the night to keep you entertained all the way.”For more reviews, click here • Steven says: “This is my most autobiographical work, because it draws deeply on my own past growing up in a small town in the heart of the Texas hill country. But the plot is pure contemporary suspense — a definite change of pace for me.” Check for used copies at AmazonBarnes & Noblelarge-print edition
A TWIST AT THE END
New York Times Book Review: A riveting historical mystery...fascinating and provocative.A gripping novel based on the serial murders that terrorized Austin, Texas, in 1885, and the scandalous trials that followed. Drawing on a decade of research, Steven recreates a forgotten era, and (with O. Henry as his hero) finds a solution to the first recorded serial murders in U.S. history. • Watch an interview with Steven about O. Henry • For reviews and an interview, click here. • AmazonBarnes & Noble
WARRIORS
This massive, multi-genre anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois includes Steven’s story “The Eagle and the Rabbit”, set in 146 B.C., about Roman slave traders tracking down the last scattered survivors of Carthage. Coincidentally, there’s another tale about Rome v. Carthage in the anthology, “The Triumph” by Robin Hobb. The huge hardback was split into three paperbacks; Steven’s story is in Volume I. Get the whole anthology from AmazonBarnes & Noblemp3 cd audio from Amazon • CD-ROM from Amazon • audio from iTunes
DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS
This massive, multi-genre anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois includes Steven’s story “Styx and Stones” (later incorporated into The Seven Wonders), which takes young Gordianus to ancient Babylon, plus new stories of the uncanny by Charlaine Harris, S.M. Stirling, Diana Gabaldon, and many more. AmazonBarnes & Noblemp3 cd audio from Amazon • audio from iTunes
A CASUALTY OF WAR
Here’s a rarity, found only in this book: Steven’s early, prize-winning short story “Kinder, Gentler” (from 1989) appears in this anthology of gay fiction edited by the late Peter Burton. Other authors include Francis King, Richard Zimler, Hugh Fleetwood, and Neil Bartlett.Amazon.com
LONE STAR SLEUTHS
An excerpt from Steven’s novel A Twist at the End appears in this anthology of Texas crime fiction from the University of Texas Press. Other authors in the collection include Kinky Friedman, Mary Willis Walker, Carolyn Hart, Nevada Barr, and Jesse Sublett. • Amazon.com
ROME AT WAR
Steven contributed a brief introduction to this omnibus edition of three excellent book-length works: Caesar’s Gallic Wars by Kate Gilliver, Caesar’s Civil War by Adrian Goldsworthy, and Rome at War AD 293-696 by Michael Whitby.Amazon.com



Scholars look at Steven’s work...

THE DETECTIVE AS HISTORIAN: History & Art in Historical Crime Fiction ed. by Browne & Kresier is a collection of twenty-five scholarly essays about crime fiction ranging throughout recorded history, from ancient Egypt to 19th century America. Among the highlights: Terrance L. Lewis’s John Maddox Roberts and Steven Saylor: Detecting in the Final Decades of the Roman Republic.” Amazon.com
THE ROUGH GUIDE TO CRIME FICTION by Barry Forshaw ventures fearlessly down the mean streets and blind corners of mystery fiction, including the back alleys of ancient Rome, with an entry on Steven Saylor and his sleuth Gordianus the Finder. Amazon.com


A student looks at Steven’s work...

PRENTICE HALL REFERENCE GUIDE (6th Edition, 2005) by Muriel Harris includes, as its model essay for writing about literature, an award-winning student essay by Claire Sonntag of the University of Delaware, “PUDD’N HEADWILSON and ARMS OF NEMESIS: Two Portraits of Slavery,” in which Steven does not come off badly compared to the great Mark Twain (pp. 534-538). The book is a standard guide for English usage, writing style, and research techniques for college students. Amazon.com



All the Gordianus short stories can be found in
The House of the Vestals and A Gladiator Dies Only Once.
Some stories previously appeared in these anthologies
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FELINE FELONIES edited by Abigail Browning, features over 400 pages of the best in feline sleuthing. Steven Saylor contributes “The Alexandrian Cat.” Other authors in the collection include Ruth Rendell, Patricia Highsmith, P.G. Wodehouse, Theodore Sturgeon and Lilian Jackson Braun. Amazon.com
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF ROMAN WHODUNNITS edited by Mike Ashley, includes an introduction by Steven Saylor, “The Long Reach of Rome,” and the Gordianus novella, “A Gladiator Dies Only Once.” Other authors in this 500-page collection include Simon Scarrow, Tom Holt, John Maddox Roberts, Marilyn Todd, and Caroline Lawrence. Amazon.com
DEATH COMES EASY: The Gay Times Book of Murder Stories edited by Peter Burton, includes Steven Saylors Death by Eros, in which Gordianus encounters the powers of love and death on the Bay of Naples. Other authors in this wide-ranging 400-page collection include Perry Brass, Francis King, Josh Lanyon, Felice Picano, and Michael Wilcox. Amazon.com
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF MORE HISTORICAL WHODUNNITS edited by Mike Ashley, includes Steven Saylors Poppy and the Poisoned Cake, in which Gordianus is called on to help one of Romes leading citizens, who fears his closest relatives may be plotting to kill him — but seems to fear the scandal more than the crime. Other authors in this big (500 pages) collection include Michael Kurland, Peter Tremayne, and Marilyn Todd. Amazon.com
CRIME THROUGH TIME III edited by Sharan Newman with an introduction by Anne Perry, leads off with a solid new case for Steven Saylors Gordianus the Finder (Jon Breen, EQMM). In The Consuls Wife, foreign intrigue and an illicit love affair play out against the backdrop of the chariot races in the Circus Maximus. Other authors in this all-new collection include Harry Turtledove, H.R.F. Keating, Jan Burke, Andrew Greeley, and Sharon McCrumb. Amazon.com
CREME DE LA CRIME edited by Janet Hutchings, features 27 stories, all by award-winning authors, all culled from the pages of Americas leading mystery magazine, Ellery Queen. In Steven Saylors Poppy and the Poisoned Cake, Gordianus is called on to help one of Romes leading citizens, who fears his closest relatives may be plotting to kill him — but seems to fear the scandal more than the crime. Other authors include Ruth Rendell, Lawrence Block, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andrew Vachss. Amazon.com

PAST POISONS The Ellis Peters Memorial Anthology of Historical Crime, edited by Maxim Jakubowski, features Steven Saylors Death by Eros, in which Gordianus encounters the powers of love and death on the Bay of Naples. Others among the 20 authors joining in this homage to the late creator of Brother Cadfael include Edward Marston, Peter Lovesey, Lindsey Davis, Anne Perry, Michael Pearce, Peter Tremayne, and (with her final story) the late Kate Ross. Amazon.com

CLASSICAL WHODUNNITS edited by Mike Ashley, features 20 cases solved by sleuths from ancient Greece and Rome. Authors include Lindsey Davis, Anthony Price, and Brian Stableford. In Steven Saylors The White Fawn, Gordianus travels to Spain, where the rebel commander Sertorius is waging war against Rome with the help of a supernatural fawn. The volume also features a preface by Saylor, A Murder, Now and Then..., about the allure of the classical whodunnit. Amazon.com
CRIME THROUGH TIME edited by Miriam Grace Monfredo and Sharan Newman, features historical mysteries from Ancient Egypt to WWII by 21 writers, including Anne Perry, Laurie King, and the late Kate Ross. In Steven Saylors Archimedes Tomb, Gordianus and Eco venture to Syracuse to help Cicero find a lost tomb...and solve a particularly nasty murder. Amazon.com




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