The Third Nero

The Third Nero

Or, Never Say Nero Again

Book - 2017
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Flavia Albia's day-old marriage is in trouble her new husband may be permanently disabled and they have no funds. So when Palace officials ask her to help expose a plotter in their midst she is obliged to accept their commission. The plot could not be bigger. Ever since he died in AD 68, apparently by his own hand, Rome has been haunted by reports that the Emperor Nero is in fact very much alive and about to return to claim his throne. Two Nero pretenders have emerged in the East and met grisly fates. But now, as the Emperor Domitian, whose tyrannical, paranoid reign grows ever more unpopular, fights a war in faraway Dacia, there emerges a far more sinister contender. What's more the rumour is that this false Nero is already in Rome. Plunged into the conspiracy, Flavia must infiltrate the house of the Parthians who have smuggled in this new impostor, negotiate with spies, dodge the assassins sent by the Palace traitor, and somehow cope with her stricken husband. Can she succeed before the impostor is revealed? Or will Rome once more be plunged into civil war?
Publisher: London :, Hodder & Stoughton,, 2017.
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 398 pages :,map ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: 3rd Nero
Never say Nero again


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Nov 19, 2017

It seemed incongruous to be seated in my private garden being told state secrets by a man who had seemed too junior to know them, but Domitian’s administrators tended to be young. He quickly dispensed with older ones, whom he viewed as compromised. Rather than use their experience or trust their loyalty, Domitian ousted anyone who had served his father and brother . . .

Nov 19, 2017

Their men had completed the full senatorial course of honour. That ran through aedile, quaestor, praetor, consul and overseas legate until, if one was cynical, it nowadays ended with offending Domitian and premature death.

Nov 19, 2017

That Nero ever survived to inherit the throne, despite the risks of exile, strangling, stifling, poisoning and genuine illness or accident, was remarkable. Growing up while his family dropped like flies around him might explain his mania.


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May 14, 2017

Flavia Alba was married with a bang in the previous book. In this one, events are tightly packed with hair-curling investigations while her new husband is recovering. As always a most enjoyable insight into the machinations of Ancient Rome.

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