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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Shadows in the Night - Jane Finnis - guest review

Shadows in the Night is the first book in the Aurelia Marcella series.

Set in Northern Britain, AD91, the story is told by Aurelia, a Roman inn-keeper who finds herself and her inn under threat from a violent plot to make the Romans leave.  With the help of her sister, her staff (both freedmen and slaves) and a mysterious visitor, she defends her property and sets out to work out who is the main power behind the attacks.

The story is told in a simple, light-hearted way.  There is a real mix of humour, violence, edge of seat tension and even a few short romantic episodes.  The mystery of who is behind the attacks is peppered with red herrings.

I think fans of Lindsey Davis’s Falco will be drawn to this series but might be disappointed that it isn’t quite as well written as Davis’s works.  However, it is entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed it and will look out for the rest of the series being published in the UK.

Reviewed by Wendy Rowley - guest reviewer

Published by Head of Zeus

Thank you to Wendy for kindly reading and reviewing this book for The Little Reader Library.

Thanks to the publisher for sending a copy of this novel to read and review.

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