Author(s): Lawrence, Caroline, Davidson, Andrew,
Date of Publication: 07/02/2008,
Pagination: 272 pages, 1 Maps,
Series: The Roman Mysteries,
Imprint: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Pu,
Published By: Hachette Children's Group,
Book Classification: Interest age: from c 9 years, Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage), Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage)
Flavia and her friends are on a quest for the Emperor Titus - to steal a valuable gemstone known as 'Nero's Eye'. The Delphic Oracle prophesied that whoever owns the gem will rule Rome - so Titus is determined to claim it for himself. Their travels take them across the Roman province of Mauretania, from Sabratha (in modern Libya) to Volubilis (Morocco).
As they travel on a caravan across the desert they encounter slave-traders, pantomime actors and a wild animal stampede. The detectives must consider another quest: what has happened to Uncle Gaius? Meanwhile, Flavia faces some tough decisions about her future.