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  1. The Bull Slayer: A Plinius Secundus Mystery (Plinius Secundus Series Book 2)
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  2. The Bull Slayer: A Plinius Secundus Mystery (Plinius Secundus Series Book 2)

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A turbulent frontier province, rotten with corruption and seething with hatred of Rome—a barbarian god whose devotees may include a murderer —a clever and unscrupulous faith healer who knows everyone’s secrets—a boy who struggles toward manhood though stricken with the Sacred Disease: these are the elements in a mystery that Pliny, newly appointed governor of Bithynia, confronts when a high Roman official is found murdered on a desolate hillside, miles from the capital. But as Pliny pursues one baffling lead after another, he is being betrayed where he least expects it:his beautiful wife, neglected and lonely in an alien city, falls desperately in love with a handsome young provincial—an affair which threatens to bring not only pain but ruin to Pliny’s career. All these threads come together in a surprising and tragic finale.

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Bruce Macbain
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Pliny is assigned as governor to a Greek province, full of conspirators and run by a corrupt system. When the chief Roman tax collector is found dead, he may need the help of a phony, blackmailing seer to find the killer.

I must have liked the first book in this series to buy the second, although I don't remember it. But this one didn't hold my attention at all. The storyline lacked focus, with major digressions to Pliny's wife's love affair and their servants' marital problems. The characters were mostly unlikable. When I got tired of the distractions and realized I was only a third of the way through the book, I gave up. Word use and Kindle formatting were acceptable. The title was quite relevant.
An excellent combination of History and Murder Mystery. Macbain provides an intimate glimpse into the personal lives of the Roman hierarchy, especially as it relates to the relationships between the different classes during this often misunderstood time of history. The Roman upper class is perceived as having the same personal conflicts an frustrations. The character of Plinius Secundus is complex, and yet empathetic - not the usual attitude readers have towards the Romans, especially the upper-class citizenry, which is often perceived as corrupt and heartless, as well as overindulgent. The murder mystery, itself, is captivating and keeps the reader engaged throughout.
Please, Sir, may I have another? Love Roman histories and Mr. Macbain fills in so many daily details. Of course, I feel we are in Ancient Rome now on our way to our age of the dictators. "History repeats itself " is not just for fortune cookies.
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