The Roman Mysteries is a series of historical fiction novels, written by Caroline Lawrence, and published in 2001–2009. The series comprises 17 novels in total, starting with The Thieves of Ostia, and ending with The Man from Pomegranate Street.
In these books there are four children, and they meet with constant adventure, in the form of mysteries. They then turn detective, and try to figure out who (and why) the things are happening. They are very similar to Enid Blyton's Famous Five in this way. The four children are called Flavia Gemina, a girl, Jonathan, a Jewish Christian, Nubia, an African slave-girl and Lupus, a mute boy who speaks by writing things down on a tablet.
The Roman Mysteries take place in Ancient Roman times, so a few of the words may look strange. If you don't know them, 'Aristo's Scroll' at the back of the book will tell you what they mean and how to pronounce them. It also explains how Roman numbers work and why the chapters in this book are called 'Scrolls'.
This is one of the best series I have ever read! I would recommend it to everyone aged about 10 to 16.
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Books in the series
- The Thieves of Ostia (2001)
- The Secrets of Vesuvius (2001)
- The Pirates of Pompeii (2002)
- The Assassins of Rome (2002)
- The Dolphins of Laurentum (2003)
- The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina (2003)
- The Enemies of Jupiter (2003)
- The Gladiators from Capua (2004)
- The Colossus of Rhodes (2005)
- The Fugitive from Corinth (2005)
- The Sirens of Surrentum (2006)
- The Charioteer of Delphi (2006)
- The Slave-girl from Jerusalem (2007)
- The Beggar of Volubilis (2008)
- The Scribes from Alexandria (2008)
- The Prophet from Ephesus (2009)
- The Man from Pomegranate Street (2009)
- Reading Age: 10+
- Read Aloud Age: 9+
The books are sometimes violent, and also include some references inappropriate for young children.
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