SPQR III: The Sacrilege

SPQR III: The Sacrilege

John Maddox Roberts / Sep 23, 2019

SPQR III The Sacrilege When a sacret woman s rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician dressed in female garb it falls to Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger whose investigative skil

  • Title: SPQR III: The Sacrilege
  • Author: John Maddox Roberts
  • ISBN: 9780312246976
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a sacret woman s rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician dressed in female garb, it falls to Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, whose investigative skills have proven indispensable in the past, to unmask the perpetrators When four brutal slayings follow, Decius enlists the help a notorious and dangerous criminal Together, tWhen a sacret woman s rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician dressed in female garb, it falls to Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, whose investigative skills have proven indispensable in the past, to unmask the perpetrators When four brutal slayings follow, Decius enlists the help a notorious and dangerous criminal Together, they establish a connection between the sacrilege and the murders, and track the offenders from the lowest dregs of society to the prominent elite of the upper class, finding corruption and violence where Decius least expects it.

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      • John Maddox Roberts

        aka Mark RamsayJohn Maddox Roberts is the author of numerous works of science fiction and fantasy, in addition to his successful historical SPQR mystery series The first two books in the series have recently been re released in trade paperback He lives in New Mexico with his wife.


    1. Roman religion was an interesting mixture of ancient and new deities whose rites were a function of the state. There were some exceptions, and one was the rite of the Bona Dea, the Good Goddess, which was the worship of an ancient female earth deity that predated the advent of the ruling sky gods. This was strictly a women's rite; men were absolutely forbidden to view the rites, and any violation was seen not just as an ordinary sacrilege but one that put the very existence of the Roman people t [...]

    2. Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger's (what a mouthful) character is getting better and better with each installment of SPQR. I like his verbal sparrings with his insolent slave, Hermes. Very very funny. And I love the way the book makes you feel--like Ancient Rome is your neighborhood (J.M. Roberts' descriptions of Roman life are delightfully vivid).However, some of the characters seem to be one-dimensional: Publius Clodius Pulcher, for example (and his sister, Clodia). Clodius was (simply) p [...]

    3. This series gets better with each book. I really like the hero, Decius Cecilius Metellus, and find the author's takes on Titus Milo and Clodius very entertaining. The plot used the Bona Dea scandal as a starting point but varied enough from history to make it suspenseful. Listened to the audio version which was narrated by John Lee who had just the right sardonic tone for the proceedings.

    4. I enjoyed this take on the Bona Dea Sacrilege. Roberts' characterization of Julius Caesar is a total kick. It's wonderful to see such a lively, contemporary-feeling take on times and people most of us are only exposed to in dry, boring history lectures.

    5. The third in the adventures of Decius Caecilius Metellus is up to the standards we've learned to expect from Roberts - a fascinating tale well-told that leaves you longing to learn more.

    6. Not noteworthy. Lost of historical info, but plot is disjointed and not believable. I got irritated with main character, who was headstrong/stupid in a way that made no sense, and miraculous escapes and plot twists that not believable."When a sacred woman's rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician dressed in female garb, it falls to Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, whose investigative skills have proven indispensable in the past, to unmask the perpetra [...]

    7. The second book I've read from this author and find it just as entertaining as the first. I love the Roman characters, their foibles and scheming minds, which is so like political society today. It is nicely written and progresses at a good rate so that you can engage with the up and coming Decius and his outlook on and involvement with his contemporaries. The historical intricacies of Roman life at the time are subtly introduced as the story progresses at a pleasant rate.

    8. Another highly readable book rich with history, detail and trivia, but:1. all the historical detail comes across a little bit like a lecture, rather than being woven seamlessly into the story; and2. Many of the plot devices are cliche; and3. The main character is too pure, noble and good; and4. The main events were to unlikely and unnecessary.

    9. A definite favourite from the series. Seining Caesar's transformation in this book was a pleasure to read. :-)

    10. "Caesar's wife must be above suspicion"Third in the series, new story and, for the audio, new and even better narrator in John Lee.The recently created senator, Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, is "at the centre of the world again," - Rome. And this time he and most of his fellow senators are both outraged and amused by the invasion of an exclusive female religious rite invaded by a man dressed as a woman. Our intrepid hero soon finds himself caught up in a murder mystery which seems to be [...]

    11. This book indeed was much like the others (as a friend had promised was true of the series): Decius starts looking into a murder and (the semi-spoilers start here) finds out that major figures in Rome are involved and despite that he continues working away on the problem though he's in way over his head (politically).This book was interesting in that Decius never got to make his accusations of guilt. Instead he's run out of Rome by, well, elephants. That was a bit different from the others in th [...]

    12. This is the third book in the series. And at this stage they all seem very much the same, particularly the beginnings. I almost didn’t need to read the first third of the book. Oh, well, the story itself lacked the intend suspense; It didn’t help by knowing the history which made the ending obvious. At least with Saylors’ sub rosa series, knowing the history didn’t get in the way of the ending. I haven’t yet been able to get any of Saylors’ endings, while knowing the general history [...]

    13. This is my favorite of the SPQR series, because the underlying history is so interesting. Clodius is discovered disguised as a woman during the performance of the rites of Bona Dea, a goddess sacred to women. Men are strictly forbidden to be in the house where the rites are being performed. What's more, the house in question is that of Gaius Julius Caesar, the pontifex maximus. This incident is what provoked Caesar to proclaim "Caesar's wife must be above suspicion." Decius gets involved because [...]

    14. Decius returns from his enforced exit from Rome after the last book and finds almost immediately a new pile of trouble to get into. A new slave spots a poison attempt almost as soon as he gets home. His father has given him to his cousin Celer, Clodia's husband for electioneering. The backdrop is the well known story of Clodius getting caught in a dress during the women only rites of the Good Goddess. An interesting take on what he was really doing there. Milo is fun as usual and I like this Mil [...]

    15. I liked this better than SPQR, both because of the author (He has cut down considerably on the annoying "future knowlege" in his writing) and because I'm getting more use dto his style (it's got a noir feel to it without becomming totally anachronistic). It's also interesting to read a mystery series set in the late Roman Republic where the protagonist is a member of the ruling class (dealing with patronage - both as client and patron -, the cursus honorum as well as the relationships between th [...]

    16. This was so much better than book two - I feel a lot better now about having acquired all the books in this series. This one addresses the scandal at the Bona Dea festival, which led to Caesar famously proclaiming that his wife must be above suspicion. Our protagonist finds this hilarious, which is a point of view I had never considered before, but I see the humor in it now, too. We have lots of fun banter between Decius and his slaves, and he doesn't sleep with any horrible women this time. I l [...]

    17. The last of the (current) series to be read by me. The novel tells the story behind Clodius' profanation of the secret women's annual, religious festival—from which all men are banned. The reason, the venue and time were used to hide a meeting behind the biggest of the Roman political scene, so that they could craft the first triumvirate. Our hero Decius stumbles around Rome, with his new slave Hermes, uncovering this puzzle piece by piece. Again, my one criticism, the resolution was too swift [...]

    18. It's rather fun to visit historic events in the late Roman Republic through the cynical eyes of Decius. In The Sacrilege he's investigating the invasion of males into the Bona Dea sacred festivities, which of course turns out to be much more than mere voyeurism. The "prank" involves Caesar, Pompey, Crassus, and a lout named Clodius, Decius' bitter enemy, among others. It's all very complicated and political, and once again Decius in deep trouble flees the city until the uproar recedes, as it wil [...]

    19. Overall a good book, particularly if you are interested in the history of Rome during the rise of Caesar. However as a mystery it's very disappointing. The murders once again hinge on plots involving real life people. People, even casual readers of Roman History should know about, thus deflating a lot of potential suspense. We KNOW Caius Julius Caesar won't be exiled for his part in any shenanigans because he wasn'tI think Roberts is reaching too high for this plots and I would prefer more of a [...]

    20. The first two books of the series set up the conflict for this title but I felt like it didn't really start until now. Maybe it has just taken me this long to get it? I really enjoyed the introduction of the new characters, it will be interesting to see how these relationships play out against the decline of the Republic. It is a good mystery too; taking well known event (if you follow Roman history) and giving it an interesting twist. The conflict with Clodius and Clodia is wearing a bit thin b [...]

    21. The Sacrilege/Der Frevel des Clodius is a detective story set in ancient Rome. The story starts out a bit dry for my taste, with way too much political babbling, but once the mystery starts it actually becomes a rather entertaining read. The author seems to have done their research and the historical correctness seemed okay (but then, I'm no expert either) and the characters were interesting, if not exactly complex.All in all, it was a nice historical detective story.

    22. Nice quick read and from the sounds of it, a reasonably accurate portrayal of life in Rome at that point.I think I will go back and read the first two as well, since it appears that I missed a lot of information about Decius by not having read them (this is the book of the month for the Roman History reading club).

    23. This was more plausible than the first two books in this series, and Decius has picked up a rascally slave to add interest to the story. I could wish, however that every book did not end with Decius being run out of town to wait for trouble to die down.

    24. The least exciting plot so far in the series, But the insight into life in rome is valuable. The master - slave interaction brought a smile to my face on several occations.Going to skip my original plan and go straight for book 4.

    25. Continues to be a fantastic series. I love the political intrigue and the voice of the main character, Decius.

    26. A fun story. Roberts relates the famous story of Clodius sneaking into the Bona Dea rites, into the major political machinations of the time. A great concept.

    27. I love Roman Historical fiction and this is a good one. It's a series that is finding it's legs. I have high hopes for it.

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