1,473 Pages


December, AD 79.

It's the month of the Saturnalia (in December, roughly equivalent to Christmas): a festival when people do as they please, even slaves and anything can happen.

When a Roman widow, Cartilia Poplica, shows a little too much interest in Captain Geminus, his daughter Flavia Gemina is determined to find out what Cartilia's motives really are. To do that, she has to perform twelve tasks, just like the Greek hero Hercules. And a lion is on the loose in Ostia! On top of it all, Flavia is also betrothed to a senator's son in Rome, but Flavia is in love with her Uncle Gaius's good friend Pollius Publius Felix. How Flavia and her three friends Nubia, Jonathan and Lupus unravel the mystery makes for a thrilling story that is full of surprises.

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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 10+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 9+

A person is poisoned, but does not die.

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