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Death in the Arena

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence
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Escape from Rome

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence

The first in a brand new historical adventure series from million-copy-selling Caroline Lawrence, set in Roman Britain during the reign of the evil Emperor Domitian.The year is AD 94. When the evil Emperor Domitian sends soldiers to seize his family's home in the middle of the night, twelve-year-old Juba must escape with his brother and sisters, and journey to distant Britannia on the edge of the known world.His task: To avoid capture and death. His quest: To find a safe haven in Britain.His destiny: To save the children. Brand new exciting Roman series from the bestselling author of THE ROMAN MYSTERIES, perfect for children studying at Key Stage 2. Historical locations featured in book 1 are Rome, Ostia, Londinium and Fishbourne.

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The Two-faced God

Caroline Lawrence, Helen Forte
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Caroline Lawrence, Helen Forte

Floridius the Soothsayer has been asked to read the omens for a wealthy man whose villa appears to be haunted. The pay is good but it means studying a sheep's liver and poor Floridius faints at the sight of blood! Can Threptus solve the mystery and save his friend from embarrassment?Join Threptus and Floridius on their hilarious and action-packed adventures among Rome's superstitious underclass, and don't miss this ruder, funnier and still historically accurate companion to The Roman Mysteries.

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The Thunder Omen

Caroline Lawrence, Helen Forte
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Caroline Lawrence, Helen Forte
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The Man from Pomegranate Street

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence
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The Case of the Deadly Desperados

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence

From the author of the bestselling Roman Mysteries, a new series set in the Wild West, packed with danger and deadly desperados at every turn!Virginia City in 1862 is a mining camp sitting above a rich vein of silver in America's Wild West. It's a dangerous place, full of gamblers, hurdy girls and gunmen - all of them on the make!When twelve year-old P.K. Pinkerton arrives there, homeless, penniless and hunted, things don't look good. But P.K. soon finds allies in Sam Clemens, a newspaper reporter, Poker Face Jace, a gambler who can tell when someone is bluffing, and Ping, a Chinese photographer's apprentice. With the help of these friends - and armed with a Smith & Wesson seven-shooter and a knack for disguises - P.K. takes on the tricksters and desperados and tries to become a detective.Fast, furious and funny - an utterly entertaining mystery adventure from an author who knows exactly how to grip and thrill her readers.

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The Poisoned Honey Cake

Caroline Lawrence, Helen Forte
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Caroline Lawrence, Helen Forte

Floridius, freelance soothsayer, is afraid that he has lost his talent for seeing the future. Threptus wants to find some titbits of information that his mentor can use to convince people he still has the gift, but will a poisoned honey cake lead to disaster along the way?Join Threptus and Floridius on their hilarious and action-packed adventures among Rome's superstitious underclass, and don't miss this ruder, funnier and still historically accurate companion to The Roman Mysteries.

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The Sewer Demon

Caroline Lawrence, Helen Forte
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Caroline Lawrence, Helen Forte

At the end of book 17 of the Roman Mysteries, Caroline Lawrence introduced us to Threptus - a young beggar boy. In this fun and fabulous new series, Threptus starts work with his mentor - the soothsayer, Floridius - and together they must solve their first mystery...Can they rid a rich woman's house of the demon that haunts it in the dead of night? What is the true nature of the demon? And is it really a supernatural being?Threptus is a brave, funny and loveable hero and each story is a mini-mystery perfect for readers aged 7 up.

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The Prophet from Ephesus

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence

It's August, AD 81. Presumed dead by their families but wanted by unknown authorities, Flavia and her friends feel very far from home.When news of more kidnappings reach them, and they discover that one of Miriam's twins is among the missing, the four detectives set out for Halicarnassus to help. Here they find the countryside is full of prophets who heal the sick and cure the lame - or are they merely tricksters and villains in disguise?

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The Scribes from Alexandria

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence
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The Beggar of Volubilis

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence

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.

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The Sirens of Surrentum

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence

Mystery and adventure for four young detectives in Ancient Roman times...It's summer in the Bay of Naples - time for fun and relaxation. Everyone is thinking about love at the beautiful Villa Limona, but danger lurks beneath the luxury. A famous murder was committed nearby, and a poisoner is at large amongst the guests. Can Flavia and her friends set a trap to catch the culprit before it's too late?

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The Fugitive from Corinth

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence
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The Gladiators from Capua

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence

March AD 80. In Rome, the Emperor Titus has announced that there will be a hundred days of games to open his new amphitheatre (now known as the Colosseum). Flavia, Nubia and Lupus take this opportunity to go to Rome and search for their missing friend, Jonathan. Their search leads the young detectives straight to the games, where they must face wild beasts and gladiators to accomplish their mission.

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The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence

Mystery and adventure for four young detectives in Ancient Roman times . . .Flavia is suspicious of the new woman in her father's life, Cartilia Poplica. She's certain that Cartilia has an ulterior motive, but to find out the truth Flavia must perform twelve tasks - like the Greek hero Hercules.So begins a thrilling journey, but what will Flavia learn at the end of her quest?

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The Assassins of Rome

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence
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The Dolphins of Laurentum

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence
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The Pirates of Pompeii

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence
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The Secrets of Vesuvius

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence

It's the summer of AD 79 and Flavia Gemina and her friends, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus, set sail for the Bay of Naples where they are going to stay with Flavia's uncle near Pompeii. Once they arrive, they are soon absorbed in a quest to solve a riddle that may lead to treasure. But then tragedy strikes: Mount Vesuvius erupts and the friends must flee for their lives!Not just a mystery - this is an absolutely thrilling action adventure that brings history to life!

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The Thieves of Ostia

Caroline Lawrence
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Caroline Lawrence

The first in Caroline Lawrence's internationally bestselling Roman Mysteries series, re-issued with a fantastic new cover look. Flavia Gemina is a natural at solving mysteries. The daughter of a ship's captain living in Ostia, the port of Rome, in AD79, she and her three friends, Jonathan, a Jewish boy (and secretly a Christian); Nubia, an African slave girl; and Lupus, a mute beggar boy, must work together to discover who is beheading the watchdogs that guard people's homes, and why.A talented storyteller, Caroline Lawrence has created a delightfully readable and accessible series that children will want to read time and time again.