By Jane Finnis
In overdue December ninety five advert, Roman settlers in Britannia are getting ready to rejoice Saturnalia. Innkeeper Aurelia Marcella's plans for a calm vacation are shattered whilst her brother brings undesirable information. An enemy in Rome is making an attempt to wreck her kin via spreading rumours that they're plotting opposed to Caesar. Her brother has misplaced his activity as a central authority investigator, the mansio is menaced via a gang of local criminals, and while a celebration of wealthy, hard tourists arrive to stick, their quarrels and violence spill over into Aurelia's loved ones. Then the Saturnalia dinner party, spotlight of the pageant, culminates in tragic loss of life. Aurelia's sister Albia is without doubt one of the leader suspects.
This moment booklet within the sequence takes Aurelia from the quiet geographical region to the busy new garrison city of York the place she needs to cope with traitors and crooks, and face own threat to guard her sister and support her brother. If she fails, her kin will lose not only their mansio, yet their lives
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The Squire seemed satisfied with this, asked jovially after the health of his godson and namesake, and set about pressing cold meat and wine upon his guests. indd 35 6/10/09 2:20:51 PM Georgette Heyer He stared, first at her, and then at Arabella. ‘Eh? What’s that you say? ’ Mrs Tallant, frowning reprovingly at Sophia, explained the matter. He listened very intently, nodding, and pursing up his lips, as his habit was when he was interested; and after turning it over in his mind for several moments, began to perceive what an excellent thing it was, and to congratulate Arabella upon her good fortune.
Those who had never seen it were inclined to think him a proud, disagreeable sort of a man, though only the most daring would ever have uttered aloud such a criticism of one who, besides possessing all the advantages of birth and fortune, was an acknowledged leader of society. Lord Fleetwood, no stranger to that smile, saw it dawn now, and grinned more broadly than ever. ‘How can you, Charles? ’ Arabella entered the room to find both its occupants laughing, and thus had the felicity of seeing Mr Beaumaris at his best.
She commanded the houseboy to summon the ubiquitous Joseph Eccles up to the Parsonage, and desired the pair of them to fetch down from one of the attics two formidable trunks. Joseph, who had been employed by the Vicar since the first year of his marriage as the farm-hand, considered himself the mainstay of the establishment, and was only too ready to oblige the ladies; and he lingered in the dressing-room, proffering counsel and encouragement in the broadest of Yorkshire dialects until kindly but firmly dismissed.
A Bitter Chill (Aurelia Marcella, Book 2) by Jane Finnis