The Consul's Daughter
Who watches the watchmen?
Tribune Ambrosius Milo is the only man in his cohort who enjoys the night watch. Somewhere in the darkness is the man who murdered his wife, and one day he will catch him. But one cold February morning, the fog lifts to reveal the dead body of a young girl on the banks of the Tiber.
Led by their quick-tempered tribune, the watchmen track a grim murder scene and locate several seemingly vital clues. But there is trouble afoot, for this was no ordinary young girl. She is a consul’s daughter and, when her distraught parents come to claim her body, it has mysteriously vanished from the Watch House crypt …
From the intrigues within the Imperial household to the mean streets of Ancient Rome, The Consul’s Daughter is a red-blooded crime novel based on true events and documented characters.
Mark Knowles has combined historical realities with sure-footed imagination to produce a brilliant evocation of living in the sprawling preindustrial city that was imperial Rome
Dr Paul Millett, senior lecturer, University of Cambridge
Diligently researched and brilliantly written, The Consul's Daughter seamlessly blends imperial politics, the criminal underworld, sex and sword fights: Roman history as the Gods intended.
Ian Drury, Sheil Land Associates