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.
Zara Altair writes traditional mysteries set in Ostrogoth Italy. The Argolicus Mysteries are The Roman Heir, The Used Virgin, The Peach Widow, and The Vellum Scribe, with more on the way. A mystery lover since childhood, she has written about writing for a number of publications. Including ProWritingAid and International Thriller Writer, and is a member of Sisters in Crime. She lives in Beaverton, OR, where she reads, walks among trees, and shares space with two cats.
When Lord Temberton opens an Anglo-Saxon barrow and finds a securely locked Elizabethan chest seven mummified penguins placed around it in a circle, it is to Sherlock Holmes that he turns for answers. Is this sabotage? A practical joke? Or something more sinister? Holmes, together with Watson, must unravel the journeys of an Antarctic traveler, the family history of an old lady, and discover the mind and motive behind this bizarre interment.
A fourteen-year-old boy is missing. Could he have run away or is there a more dire reason for his disappearance? The lad's grandfather begs Holmes for help, but he is engaged on an urgent case for a Lady of Royal Blood, so Holmes sends his faithful Watson in his stead. The supposedly peaceful countryside harbors a multitude of criminals, but there is no trace of the missing boy. Only Holmes can put together the clues that lead to a desperate search and a shocking revelation!
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.
Buy The Roman Heir now to go back in time when murder wasn’t a crime!
Few books give a good sense of the times they are set. This one delivers!