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Book Review – Murder in Absentia

by Assaph Mehr

I’d heard lots of good things about this book, and I’m pleased to say I was not disappointed!

This book is a detective story set in ancient Rome, but there’s a twist – magic is part of everyday life. When a young man is found dead by what seems to be a forbidden rite, Felix is hired to investigate.

Felix is an engaging and dogged investigator, with a lot of cheek and wit. I loved the mix of magic and the real which was well executed. The world is fully realised, and although some detective stories can plod as we follow the protagonist through the investigation, this didn’t. There was plenty of variety, a chance to explore other places, and other sub-plots which fleshed out the story. There’s also some intriguing back story which I’m sure will be expanded on, along with some very interesting characters.

Highly recommended, and I’m looking forward to reading the next one. I’ll have to check out some of the short stories too.

For more info on Assaph Mehr check out Goodreads, and his website.

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