It's December, AD 80. Ostia is gripped by a case of triple murder. The defendant seems the most unlikely criminal – a tragic and beautiful slave-girl with a haunted past. Who will defend the slave-girl? And is she really innocent? Justice must prevail in the courtroom, but it isn't easy when the vices and virtues of everyone concerned – even Flavia and here friends – are brought into question.
It was a really good book. I don't think it was as good as some of the other books.
I thought it was very good as it was actually very hard to find the murderer (in the other books, it's easy enough). I loved it, although it was not her best yet.
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- Reading Age: 11+
- Read aloud age: 11+
Some murders in the book – with one slightly nasty description.
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