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It's June, AD 80, a love season.

A year has passed since Mount Vesuvius erupted, and its effects still threaten those living nearby. Remains of everything are often washed up on the Surrentum beaches. But now it's summer in the bay of Naples, and time for fun and relaxation.

Everyone is thinking about love at Pollius Publius Felix's (well known as the Patron) luxurious Villa Limona, where Flavia, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus have come to spend a fornight's holiday, along with some other guests. All the woman guests are in love with the Patron, including Flavia. Then Jonathan, has a romantic relationship with the Patron's daughter, Polla Felicia, know as Pulchra, for her utter beauty. Flavia meets her betrothed, Gaius Suetonius Tranquilius. He helps them with the mystery. But there's a rotten core beneath the beauty.

A poisoner is at large amongst the villa's guests. Faced with many distactions, can the friends set a trap to catch the culprit?

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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 12+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 11+

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