A naive teenager. A sister with secrets. A corrupt patrician. Argolicus unravels the threads.
When Argolicus leaves Rome to retire to his estate in southern Italy, his powerful friend Boethius asks a small favor, deliver a book to a young man in Ostia. When he arrives in the dying resort town, he finds chaos and sorrow in the villa. The young book lover’s father was viciously murdered just hours before and the young man asks for help.
With just days to find the killer before his ship leaves port, Argolicus must probe the politics of the dying town. But with every investigation he makes, the circle of possibilities grows. Success seems out of reach and he must disappoint the family, until a ruffian accosts him and pieces fall into place.
The Roman Heir is the third book in the Argolicus mysteries set in Ostrogoth Italy. If you like a puzzling mystery and rich historical detail, you’ll love The Roman Heir.
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Zara Altair is the author of historical mysteries featuring the patrician Argolicus set in the ancient Italy of Theodoric and the Ostrogoths. Argolicus confronts local power, greed, and corruption in southern Italy. Zara lives in the Pacific Northwest where she explores the natural wonders living among tall trees and small creatures.
A distressed widow. Greedy brothers. A huge farm dog. Argolicus unravels the threads.
When Argolicus, is asked by his mother to counsel a grieving widow on the laws of inheritance, he finds the law will serve her cruelly. Her stepsons want her out and there is no recourse.
When a field slave falls during peach harvest, suspicions grow when Argolicus and Nikolaos learn more about the family and suspect that the death may not be from natural causes. As they question the family, they discover greed, and begin to distrust the stories they’ve been told.
Argolicus uses his sound judgment to get the brothers out of trouble and uses his reasoning to untangle the the mystery of the widow’s estate.
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“The character of those times emerges on the page from the start...”
After Rome, before the Middle Ages, Italy belonged to the Ostrogoths.
A corrupt governor. A young girl. An old man. Argolicus unravels the threads.
He learns that his avuncular friend from youth has been accused of rape, and not just rape, rape of a virgin. In the culture of the time, this accusation is worse than murder.
A reputation for making sound decisions and reverence for his old friend’s sense of justice start Argolicus on a journey to set things right.
Accompanied by his tutor and lifelong friend, Nikolaos, he goes straight to the governor’s villa where luxury, beautiful horses, and great wine hide an extremely cruel deception.
After Rome, before the Middle Ages, Italy belonged to the Ostrogoths. Argolicus has retired from Rome to his home in southern Italy.
A Childhood Friend. An Overbearing Father. A Worldly Bishop.
Argolicus unravels the threads.
Argolicus' pious uncle visits to sketch flowers for a book. While out in the meadow flowers, he discovers the body of a brutally murdered man.
Argolicus realizes the man is his old childhood friend. Confronted by his friend’s wealthy father when he delivers the news, Argolicus finds himself trapped in old memories and new antagonists who are out to stop him at any cost.
Barred from the family, Argolicus gives one last pledge to his friend’s sister. Tempers erupt and everything seems hopeless until the vellum scribe tells him a secret.