Pre-order Murder in the Eternal City

At long last, I have pre-order details for Murder in the Eternal City (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Book 16). Writing has been a challenge for me this year–usually I have written 3-4 books by summer; this year I only have only 2 so far. I’ve had many personal ordeals this year, so I’m very happy I’ve done this much!

Lacey and his family travel to Rome and meet new friends (and enemies) and continue their adventures.

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The book WILL BE IN PRINT. Pre-orders for that will come soon. Also, James Gillies has agreed to do the audio.

The research into the Italian peninsula in 1820, which was still in the aftermath of Napoleon’s invasion, was incredibly interesting. I learned much writing this book!

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The Colosseum (in Roman times, the Flavian Amphitheater), won’t feature in Leonidas’s books, at least not at the moment–I’m starting in AD 62. Construction on the amphitheater began in 72 (under Vespasian), and the first games were held by Titus (Vespasian’s son) in AD 80. 

The name “Colosseum” comes from the “Colossus”–a huge gilded statue of Nero he commissioned for his Golden House (Domus Aurea). In Vespasian’s time, it remained near the amphitheater, but its face was altered to represent Apollo. Nero’s vast lake in his gardens was drained and filled in for the amphitheater’s construction.

I extensively toured the Colosseum, in spite of if being after my time period, because it’s just cool. I went beneath it, on the floor, up in the stands, etc. Worth a visit! (Tip: Go on a private tour to avoid the whopping lines.)