First up, following my post about Roman Blood by Steven Saylor I got several lots of recs and also began looking into what was around in the way of other books and series about Ancient Rome. So I made a little list in case others might be interested and for future reference for myself.
1. Roma Sub Rosa by Steven Saylor. A series of 12 (so far) historical crime books about an investigator called Gordianus the Finder. Lent to me by a friend who I can cheerfully blame for starting all this...
2. Medicus Investigation by Ruth Downie. This is a series of 6 historical crime books featuring Roman doctor, Gaius Petreius. Recced on Facebook by a friend.
3. Master of Rome by Colleen McCullough. An historical series recced by Margaret at Booksplease.
4. Marcus Didius Falco by Lindsey Davis. Another historial crime series. Recommended by Val at Erasmus our Alaskan Cat's blog.
5. Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff. An Historical series written for children but which anyone can enjoy I gather. (I've not read them.)
6. I, Claudius and Claudius the God by Robert Graves. I watched the wonderful BBC series years ago but have not read the 2 books.
7. Blood Games by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Book 3 in her vampire 'St. Germain' series. I read it back in the 1980s when this American writer's books were very hard to obtain (no internet then). I loved this Ancient Rome instalment.
8. Pompeii by Robert Harris. An historical which I think sounds rather good.
9. Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem. Another one that I thought sounded rather good.
I'm thinking there must be a lot more out there and in fact Goodreads has a list: here but it's hard to know from that what's good and what's not so good. So any recs are most welcome.
I also made myself a shelf on Goodreads of books that I would myself would like to read :
My Ancient Rome shelf
Next up, some photos of recent book acquisitions. Firstly, a couple of birthday books and a couple I bought myself:
From the bottom:
The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (B/day gift from youngest daughter.)
Dr. Thorne by Anthony Trollope
Burglars can't be Choosers - Lawrence Block (B/day gift from friend.)
Next, the books I bought myself for my birthday because I fancied some Mark Twain:
A Tramp Abroad
Following the Equator
Life on the Mississippi
Such gorgeous covers. I've read A Tramp Broad before but the other two I've not read yet.
And to end this post another photo. My eldest daughter lent me this jigsaw puzzle to do and I thought the subject matter perfect to post here.
If you click on the photo to enlarge you'll hopefully be able to read some of the lovely bookish puns that are the titles of the books. This one was pure joy to do.