The fever that started in Ostia is sweeping through Rome, and Jonathan, Flavia, Nubia, and Lupus are called by the Emperor to investigate. The friends' investigations take them from the Imperial Palace to Tiber Island, but Jonathan is distracted by a secret mission of his own. Suddenly, he finds that everything is terrifyingly out of control. This is the seventh volume in the popular series of mysteries set in ancient Rome, which have been widely praised for their fast-paced plots, well-drawn characters, and authentic Roman setting.
Jonathan ben Mordecai stared at the charred flesh. "It's
horrible," he said to his friend Lupus in a strangled voice. "Horrible."
Lupus could not speak because he had no tongue. So he merely nodded.
The two boys were crouching before a brick oven and peering in through its arched doorway. A blackened haunch of venison lay on a platter among the glowing coals.
"Do you think maybe I left it in too long?" asked Jonathan.
Lupus nodded again.
Using a napkin, Jonathan gripped the platter and began to pull it out.
"Yeoww! It's hot!"
There was a resounding crash, and Jonathan stared down at burnt meat and broken pottery on the concrete floor of the kitchen.
"Oh Pollux!" Jonathan cursed and blew on his scorched fingers. "Now dinner is completely ruined. And it's all Miriam's fault!"
Lupus stared at Jonathan with raised eyebrows.
"Well it is! Everything's gone wrong since she got married and left...
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