By Jane Finnis
In overdue December ninety five advert, Roman settlers in Britannia are getting ready to have fun Saturnalia. Innkeeper Aurelia Marcella's plans for a calm vacation are shattered whilst her brother brings undesirable information. An enemy in Rome is attempting to spoil her kinfolk via spreading rumours that they're plotting opposed to Caesar. Her brother has misplaced his activity as a central authority investigator, the mansio is menaced by means of a gang of local criminals, and while a celebration of wealthy, tough tourists arrive to stick, their quarrels and violence spill over into Aurelia's loved ones. Then the Saturnalia dinner party, spotlight of the pageant, culminates in tragic dying. Aurelia's sister Albia is without doubt one of the leader suspects.
This moment publication within the sequence takes Aurelia from the quiet geographical region to the busy new garrison city of York the place she needs to cope with traitors and crooks, and face own threat to guard her sister and support her brother. If she fails, her relations will lose not only their mansio, yet their lives
Read Online or Download A Bitter Chill (Aurelia Marcella, Book 2) PDF
Best historical fiction books
An incredible literary occasion 50 years within the making:In the 1st Circle is the 1st entire English translation of Nobel Prize–winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s “best novel” (Washington Post). With an creation through Edward Erickson, this paintings through the writer of The Gulag Archipelago is the tale of an excellent mathematician who unearths himself locked in a Moscow legal jam-packed with the country’s brightest minds and needs to make a decision no matter if to assist Stalin’s repressive kingdom.
Within the outdated Gringo, Carlos Fuentes brings the Mexico of 1916 uncannily to lifestyles. This novel is sensible publication, filled with longevity and humanity and is with out query one of many best works of contemporary Latin American fiction.
In 1942 Paris, proficient architect Lucien Bernard accepts a fee that may convey him loads of money—and perhaps get him killed. but when he's shrewdpermanent sufficient, he'll keep away from any difficulty. All he has to do is layout a mystery hiding position for a filthy rich Jewish guy, an area so invisible that even the main decided German officer won't locate it.
Edna Ferber's vintage paean of affection to the Mississippi River and the showboats that ran up and down it really is once more on hand in hardcover as a facsimile of the 1st variation. First released in 1926, this undying story of the Cotton Blossom, Cap'n Andy, his wise spouse Parthy, and their appealing daughter Magnolia her outstanding daughter Kim used to be made recognized on Broadway in 1927, whilst the mythical Jerome S.
- Augustus (New York Review Books Classics)
- Voyager (Outlander, Book 3)
- An Excellent Mystery (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, Book 11) (UK Edition)
- Moon Daughter
- The Leopard Sword
- Mila's Tale
Extra info for A Bitter Chill (Aurelia Marcella, Book 2)
Ann asks, biting her lip, torturing herself. It is no different from the small cuts she makes on her arms with her sewing scissors, the ones her sleeves hide, the ones I know she has begun again. "Yes. Of course," Felicity answers, as if the question is tedious. "My mother and father have planned a Christmas ball. " Everyone except you, she might as well say. "I shall be confined to close quarters with my grandmama, who never misses an opportunity to point out my faults, and my infuriating brother, Tom.
The second night, exhausted by my travels, half dead with cold and hunger—for I had finished my meager portion of meat two days prior—my mind made strange by isolation, the woods began to play tricks on me. In my weakened state, every whippoorwill became a haunt; each twig broken under a fawn's hooves a threat from the unquiet souls of barbarians slaughtered centuries before. By the light of the fire, I read several passages from my only book, a copy of The Odyssey, hoping to gain courage from the trials of that hero.
I run my fingers over the leather and remember her laugh, the softness of her face. I turn my attention back to the diary I know so well and spend half an hour scouring my mother's words for some guidance, but I find none. I haven't the vaguest idea of how to go about reforming the Order or how to use the magic. There is no useful information on the Rakshana and what they may have planned for me. There is nothing more to tell me about Circe and how I might find her before she finds me. It feels as if the whole world is waiting for me to act, and I am lost.