PRIMA FACIE: a crime novella of the Roman Empire…

Mosaic of sleeping lovers Cover of PRIMA FACIE 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. 

Book of the Month logo from Discovering Diamonds

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)

Ebook and print copies are available from Amazon UK via this link. If you buy from Amazon.com, this is where you’ll find it. For Amazon in Germany, click here.

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10 thoughts on “Novella – out now!

  1. Will it be available via audio version ? I am mostly blind and can’t read more than a paragraph at a time.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Edita, I’m sorry there isn’t an audio edition planned at the moment, which is a bit frustrating. I can’t promise anything but I’ll make some enquiries and see what’s possible.

      1. I, too, enjoyed every book as an audiobook. Simon Vance is a superb narrator, and these books are great fun as audiobooks.

      2. Thank you – I’m really hoping something can be done! But nothing much happens in publishing in August so we won’t know for a while, I’m afraid.

  2. Love the characters and their life’s adventure. It’s been a long wait and I look with anticipation to this next chapter. Seems strange that all previous books would be on audio books but not your latest. I’m looking forward to listening to Prima Facie. We audio fans are waiting.

    1. Yes I’m sorry about the lack of audio so far. My agent is on the case, so I’m hoping we’ll be able to get something sorted out. Fingers crossed!

  3. Barnes and Noble ebooks in the US needs to get on the ball. I’ll give another week or two and if not cave in the Amazon 😉
    Eagerly waiting!

  4. Thank you for looking into the audio version of PRIMA FACIE. Please add my wife and me to the list eagerly awaiting it. Love these stories. BTW, I realize there’s not the same level of understanding of the period, but I’ve been very interested in the time just after the Roman departure from Britain (i.e. Arthur’s time?) Might a descendant of Ruso and Tilla be around and need a story to tell of it? Just sayin’ … -Art

    1. Hi Art, thanks for your interest in the audio! No news yet I’m afraid: I suspect a lot of people are away on holidays.
      Lots of mystery about what went on after the Romans left – including the question of how many Roman soldiers actually left and how many settled down with the locals when the pay stopped coming. Interesting times!

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