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The place is Ostia, the port of Rome. Flavia Gemina, a Roman sea captain's daughter, is about to embark on a thrilling adventure. Set in a graveyard, marketplace, and courtyards of a Roman city, this fast-paced mystery paints a vivid picture of the life in ancient times.
When the dogs on Flavia's street start dying, she is determined to find out who is killing them--and why. Her investigation leads her to three extraordinary people: Jonathan, her new neighbor; Nubia, an African slave girl; and Lupus, a mute beggar boy. They become firm friends as they search for the killer, narrowly escape being kidnapped by a slave dealer, and uncover a series of burglaries.
CAROLINE LAWRENCE grew up in California. She moved to England when she won a scholarship to Cambridge University to study Classical Archaeology, which she followed with a degree in Hebrew and Jewish studies at the University of London. She lives by the Thames river in London with her husband, a graphic designer. THE THIEVES OF OSTIA is her first book.