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by Lindsey Davis

Marcus Didius Falco traverses the Roman Empire in the era of Vespasian, solving crimes with great panache.

The Silver PigsShadows in BronzeVenus in CopperThe Iron Hand of MarsPoseidon’s GoldLast Act in PalmyraTime to DepartA Dying Light in CordubaThree Hands in the FountainTwo for the LionsOne Virgin Too ManyOde to a BankerA Body in the Bath HouseThe Jupiter Myth The AccusersScandal Takes a HolidaySee Delphi and DieSaturnaliaAlexandriaNemesis

No fan should be without Falco: The Official Companion. • Outside the Falco series is the author’s historical romance The Course of Honour, a novel of the emperor Vespasian. Coming in 2012: Master and God, a novel of love and danger set in the paranoid reign of Domitian.

Lindsey Davis takes a break from Rome with Rebels and Traitors, a richly detailed novel of the English Civil War.

THE IONIA SANCTION by Gary Corby Athens, 460 B.C.: When an Athenian official is murdered, the brilliant statesman Pericles puts Nicolaos on the case. A sequel to The Pericles Commission. THE CURSE-MAKER by Kelli Stanley In Roman Britain, the physician Arcturus investigates the murder of a curse-maker in the spa city of Bath. A sequel to Nox Dormienda.
PAX ROMANA by Benoît Séverac The murder of a young Roman noble in Gaul threatens the peace of the entire region. An Ancient World crime novel by a prize-winning French author. THE SHEEN ON THE SILK by Anne Perry A new departure for Perry, set in the intoxicating milieu of Constantinople and the 13th-century Byzantine Empire.
ROMAN GAMES by Bruce Macbain Rome, 96 A.D.: When a notorious libertine is found stabbed to death, the emperor Domitian orders Pliny to investigate, assisted by the bawdy poet Martial. CAVEAT EMPTOR by Ruth Downie A physician solves crimes in Roman Britain and Gaul in the reign of Hadrian. Previous titles in the series: MedicusTerra Incognita Persona Non Grata
DANGER IN THE WIND by Jane Finnis The latest Aurelia Marcella mystery set in Roman Britain. Previous titles: Get Out or Die (reissued as Shadows in the Night), A Bitter Chill and Buried Too Deep. TUTANKHAMUN: The Book of Shadows by Nick Drake Rahotep, detective of ancient Thebes, investigates a series of sadistic murders. Sequel to Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead.
THE BLOOD OF CAESAR by Albert A. Bell, Jr. Pliny the Younger (as sleuth) and the historian Tacitus (as his Watson) encounter murder in the emperor Domitian’s palace. A sequel to All Roads Lead to Murder. Also by Bell: Daughter of Lazarus. THE FIRE WALKER by Ben Pastor In the age of Diocletian and the Tetrarchy, imperial historian Aelius Spartianus investigates the murder of a man resurrected from the dead. A sequel to The Water Thief.
THE NIGHT VILLA by Carol Goodman A villa at Herculaneum and a computer that can decipher charred scrolls form the backdrop for this thriller that jumps from the eruption of Vesuvius to modern-day menace. THIS BREATHING WORLD by José Luis de Juan A Harvard student and a scribe of ancient Rome recount parallel tales of sex and murder. “Past, present and future coalesce in a mask of perfect unity ... beautifully written.” El Pais
THE SON OF HEAVEN by Philip Boast In the age of Nero, Septimus Severus Quistus, solver of crimes, helps a young emperor return to distant China. Murder ensues. A sequel to The Third Princess. ALL ROAD LEAD TO ZION by William I. Edmunds A Roman centurion ordered by Tiberius to keep order in Judea faces intrigue spawned by a rabbi from Nazareth.
BOUDICA AND THE LOST ROMAN by Mike Ripley A reluctant Roman spy finds himself on the wrong side when Boudica and the Iceni go on the warpath. By the author of The Legend of Hereward.
THE DETECTIVE AS HISTORIAN: History & Art in Historical Crime Fiction 25 essays include Terrance Lewis’s “John Maddox Roberts & Steven Saylor: Detecting in the Final Decades of the Roman Republic.”
MAMMOTH BOOK OF ROMAN WHODUNNITS Blockbuster collection includes an introduction by Steven Saylor, “The Long Reach of Rome.”
MAMMOTH BOOK OF NEW HISTORICAL WHODUNITS Thirty new crime stories by favorite authors about Herodotus, Attila the Hun, the Queen of Sheba, and many more.
THE TOWER by Valerio Massimo Manfredi A lost city in the desert holds a terrifying secret for all mankind; filmed as Tower of the Firstborn. To see Manfredi’s novels set in the ancient world, click here.
THE ORACLE by Valerio Massimo Manfredi Macabre murders in modern Greece are linked to a legendary hero of the Trojan War — a mystery man over 3000 years old. Click here to see Manfredi’s novels set in the ancient world.
MURDER, ANCIENT & MODERN by Edward Marston Short stories by the Edgar nominee begin with the tale of Iddo the Samaritan, who finds a severed head in a barrel of fish...
MURDER THROUGH THE AGES ed. by Maxim Jakubowski 25 tales include ancient world stories by Lindsey Davis, Marilyn Todd, Amy Myers, Peter Tremayne, and Manda Scott.
THE MOSAIC OF SHADOWS by Tom Harper Murder and intrigue in Byzantium, as Demetrios Askiates, unveiler of mysteries, seeks a would-be assassin of the emperor. Followed by Knights of the Cross and Siege of Heaven.
CHAMPION OF THE DEAD by Patrick Hatten When Athens’ finest boxer drops dead during a match with the brutish “Bull of Corinth,” his protégé Idas must uncover the identity and motives of the poisoner.
Subscribe to Steven’s favorite magazine, ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE. Many of Steven’s Gordianus stories first appeared in its pages over the years, alongside the work of award-winning writers producing the best in mystery short fiction. Editor Janet Hutchings is especially fond of historical fiction; past issues have featured historical whodunnits by Marilyn Todd, Anne Perry and Edward Marston, along with the work of genre giants like Ruth Rendell, Reginald Hill, Jeffery Deaver, and Joyce Carol Oates.
JOHN THE EUNUCH MYSTERIES by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer Set in the intrigue-riddled Byzantium of Justinian and Theodora, with the eunuch John, Lord Chamberlain, as sleuth. The series: One for Sorrow, Two for Joy, Three for a Letter, Four for a Boy, Five for Silver, Six for Gold, Seven for a Secret, and Eight for Eternity.
THE LIBERTUS MYSTERIES by Rosemary Rowe The crime-solving exploits of Libertus, a freedman and mosaic-maker in 2nd century Britain. The series, in order: The Germanicus Mosaic, A Pattern of Blood, Murder in the Forum, The Chariots of Calyx, The Legatus Mystery, The Ghosts of Glevum, Enemies of the Empire, A Roman Ransom, A Coin for the Ferryman, Death at Pompeia’s Wedding, Requiem for a Slave, and The Vestal Vanishes.
THE HIGH PRIESTESS ILIONA MYSTERIES by Marilyn Todd begin with Blind Eye; blackmailed into spying for Sparta’s hated secret police, Iliona investigates tales of a one-eyed giant. Sequel: Blood Moon. • Todd’s previous novels in the I, Claudia series about a Roman sleuth include Dream Boat, Dark Horse, Stone Cold, Sour Grapes, and Scorpion Rising.
MYSTERIES IN RAVENNA by Albert Noyer The surgeon Getorius Asterius and his wife Arcadia investigate crime in the 5th-century Byzantine empire. In The Secundus Papyrus, the discovery of a document purported to be the Last Will and Testament of Jesus wreaks havoc. The Cybeline Conspiracy spins a tale of smuggling, coded messages, secret tunnels, murder, and the eunuch priests of Cybele. Also by Noyer: The Saint’s Day Deaths.
THE MARCUS CORVINUS MYSTERIES by David Wishart • Patrician sleuth Marcus Corvinus navigates the treacherous political currents of the Augustan court in relentless pursuit of the truth. The series includes Ovid, Germanicus, Old Bones, Last Rites, The Lydian Baker, White Murder, A Vote for Murder, Parthian Shot, Food for the Fishes, In at the Death and Illegally Dead.
The SPQR Series by John Maddox Roberts features crime-solver Decius Caecilius Metellus. The series, in order: The King’s Gambit, The Catiline Conspiracy, The Sacrilege, Temple of the Muses, Saturnalia, Nobody Loves a Centurion, The Tribune’s Curse, The River God’s Vengenace, The Princess & the Pirates, A Point of Law and Under Vesuvius, Oracle of the Dead, The Year of Confusion. By the same author: Hannibal’s Children and The Seven Hills, two novels of alternate history.
THE ATHENIAN MURDERS by Jose Carlos Somoza A text recounting murder at Plato’s Academy plays tricks with a translator’s mind. CWA Gold Dagger winner. THE EYE OF CYBELE by Daniel Chavarria Edgar-winner Chavarria ventures to the age of Pericles with a novel that’s equal parts whodunnit, historical epic, highbrow erotica and philosophical discourse.
MURDER AT THE PANIONIC GAMES by Michael B. Edwards When Priene hosts the Greek games in 650 B.C., the city’s best athlete is poisoned. Bias the priest takes on the task of finding the killer. THE TRIBUNE by Patrick Larkin Sent to quell a war in Galilee, tribune Lucius Aurelius encounters intrigue and murder in King Herod’s court. “Ambitious and well plotted” (Publishers Weekly)
DEATH COMES AS THE END by Agatha Christie In ancient Egypt, a rich man’s house is stalked by a restless ghost; the only historical novel by the Queen of Crime. Introduction by Steven Saylor THE LABORS OF HERCULES by Agatha Christie A cross-over curiosity, as Hercule Poirot takes on 12 cases that parallel the Labors of Greek myth. An entertaining bow to the Classics by the Queen of Crime Fiction.

by Paul Doherty

No author ranges more widely across the ancient world than the prolific Paul Doherty. From Egypt to Byzantium, in fiction and nonfiction, Doherty delves into the mysteries of the distant past.


Egypt: Doherty’s novels set in ancient Egypt feature the female Pharaoh Hatusu, including The Mask of Ra, The Horus Killings, The Anubis Slayings, The Slayers of Seth, The Assassins of Isis, and The Poisoner of Ptah. Mahu, Akenhaten’s chief of police, solves crimes in An Evil Spirit Out of the West, The Season of the Hyaena, and The Year of the Cobra. Greece: Under the pen name Anna Apostolou, Doherty put Alexander the Great at the center of a mystery in A Murder in Macedon and its sequel, A Murder in Thebes; another Alexander series continues with The House of Death and The Godless Man, and The Gates of Hell. Rome: Domina takes on Agrippina, the murderous mother of Nero. Claudia, tusted agent of Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, unravels crimes in Murder Imperial, The Song of the Gladiator, The Queen of the Night, and Murder’s Immortal Mask.

The Death of Alexander the Great re-examines on of history’s most tantalizing puzzles: what — or who — really killed the young conqueror of the known world? The Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun: Re-Opening the Case of Egypt’s Boy-King looks at the untimely demise of the most famous of the Pharaohs.

MAMMOTH BOOK OF EGYPTIAN WHODUNNITS ed. by Mike Ashley 500 pages of puzzlers by Elizabeth Peters, Lynda Robinson, Lauren Haney, Paul Doherty, Michael Pearce & many more.
DOG-HEADED DEATH by Ray Faraday Nelson A murder in Alexandria calls for clever sleuthing by centurion Gaius Hesperian of the emperor Nero’s palace guards.
CITY OF THE HORIZON by Anton Gill The first Huy the Scribe mystery of Ancient Egypt, followed by City of Dreams and City of the Dead.
DAY OF THE FALSE KING by Brad Geagley Semerket, Egypt’s clerk of investigations and secrets, goes on a mission to Babylon. A sequel to Year of the Hyenas.
THE LIEUTENANT BAK SERIES by Lauren Haney follows the crime-solving exploits of the brilliant head of the Medjay police in the ancient Egypt of the female Pharaoh Hatshetsup. The series, in order: The Right Hand of AmonA Face Turned BackwardA Vile JusticeA Curse of SilenceA Place of DarknessA Cruel DeceitFlesh of the GodA Path of Shadows
THE LORD MEREN SERIES by Lynda S. Robinson follows the sleuthing career of Lord Meren, Eyes and Ears of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun, as he negotiates the treacherous palace intrigues of ancient Egypt. The series, in order: Murder in the Place of AnubisMurder at the God’s GateMurder at the Feast of RejoicingEater of SoulsDrinker of BloodSlayer of Gods • Of related interest: The Egyptian by Mika Waltari, with a foreward by Lynda S. Robinson

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