Fortune's Fool by Albert A. Bell Jr.
A Sixth Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger

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A nimble sex farce sets the table for a clever and highly readable whodunit. The use of classical tags to introduce each chapter adds another layer of antiquity to the tale.
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On the shores of beautiful Lake Como in Roman Italy, a Greek tragedy has taken place. Twenty years later, a skeleton falls out of a wall in Pliny’s villa, bearing mute witness to family secrets and crimes.

Pliny the Younger is intelligent about everything but women. He agrees to his wife’s and mother’s wishes to marry off his lover, Aurora, to another slave, but neglects telling her until the wedding! To add to his problems, when building a wing onto his Lake Como villa, workmen discover a skeleton. As is Pliny’s habit, he launches a scientific investigation of the crime, but soon receives anonymous warnings and threats to cease. Then his wife, Livia, is kidnapped!

• As in the earlier books, a glossary of Roman terms and a list of historic and fictional characters are included
 

About Albert A. Bell Jr.

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Published April 7, 2017 by Perseverance Press. 240 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense.
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A nimble sex farce sets the table for a clever and highly readable whodunit. The use of classical tags to introduce each chapter adds another layer of antiquity to the tale.

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