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“A Roman Death” by Joan O’Hagan - IHIBRP 5-Star Book Review

A Masterpiece Of Mystery & Historical Fiction!

O’Hagan’s research in “A Roman Death” is impeccable, and the author has inscribed a legacy within this read that will certainly stand the test of time. With a glowing foreword by Steven Saylor (Author of “Roma”), and a brief note by the author herself concerning men’s and women’s roles during the Roman Republic, the historical tone of this novel immediately comes through, allowing time for history buffs and mystery lovers alike to prepare and savor this upcoming feast. It is also a benefit to readers that, before her tale begins, O’Hagen provides resources concerning the cultural mannerisms, common terms, and functions of Roman society that were in common usage during the reign of Julius Caesar.

Brilliant characters—the love-stricken, the politically-motivated, and the ruthless alike—support this penetrating look into Roman culture and upper society during and immediately after Julius Caesar’s reign. This thrilling, fast-paced, and suspenseful plotline—reflective of Shakespeare in many ways—brings to life that unforgettable period in World History that was responsible for launching the great democracies and foundations of Western culture. With boundless references to Rome’s incursive campaigns, the inclusion of her legendary icons—Cicero, Caesar, Octavian, and Antony, details about the street-life and the city’s societal structure, the popular usage of slang and other linguistic phrases, and even the varied diet options of rich and poor alike, the author brings the Eternal City to life before the reader’s very eyes. As an historian and author whose expertise lies within this same period and genre, I would gladly recommend the use this novel as support material for a high school or college course in early-Roman politics, culture, and society. That I felt privileged to be able to gain access to O’Hagan’s research through this masterpiece of Historical Fiction goes without saying.

By the gods, Historians, Romanophiles, and Mystery fans alike will appreciate this intuitive, well-researched, and scandalous edge-of-your-seat read.

Congratulations to the author on this award-winning story! This novel will be permanently featured on my website at under IHIBRP 5 Star Recommended Reads!

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