The year is A.D. 79.
The place is Ostia, the port of Rome.
Flavia Gemina, a Roman sea captain's daughter, is about to embark on a thrilling adventure. The theft of her father's signet ring leads her to three extraordinary people - Jonathan the Jewish boy next door, Nubia the African slave-girl, and Lupus the mute beggar boy - who become her friends. Their investigations take them to the harbour, the forum, and the tombs of the dead, as they try to discover who is killing the dogs of Ostia and why.
The first of the Roman Mysteries is a whodunit that tells you just what it was like to live in Ancient Rome.
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- Reading Age: 10+
- Reading Aloud Age: 9+
In some scenes, the children find dogs' heads (separate from the dogs' bodies) stuck up on poles.
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