PRIMA FACIE: a crime novella of the Roman Empire…
The sun is shining on Roman Gaul, but Ruso’s brother has left him in charge of a farm he has no idea how to manage, a chronic debt problem and a gaggle of accident-prone small children. Meanwhile their sister Flora has run away to rescue her boyfriend, who’s accused of murdering a wealthy guest at a party.
Can Ruso and Tilla save the boyfriend from the murder charge – or should they be saving Flora from the boyfriend? Will any of the guests tell the truth about the fatal party before it’s too late? And how long can Ruso continue to lie about what’s inside the bath house?
Several friends of Ruso and Tilla have asked what happened between their trip to Rome in VITA BREVIS and their arrival back in Britannia in MEMENTO MORI. Did they call in on Ruso’s family in the south of Gaul? Indeed they did. This novella is the story of that visit. Regular readers will meet some familiar faces here. Readers who have never spent time with Ruso and Tilla will, I hope, enjoy the story without needing to know anything about what happened beforehand.
PRIMA FACIE was crowned July’s “Book of the Month” on the Discovering Diamonds site – here’s part of their review:
“The dialogue snaps and crackles with life… a perfect introduction to a series I will now happily read my way through.” – Anna Belfrage, Discovering Diamonds
“…a tongue-in-cheek, engaging novella which takes a large cast of well observed characters and the world they inhabit and portrays them in exuberant Technicolor.” – Lynne Patrick, Mystery People
PRIMA FACIE is available to order in print via all good bookshops. (Paperback ISBN: 9781916469488)
An audiobook of PRIMA FACIE, read by Simon Vance, will be available on 19 November from Tantor Media.