Roman Blood is the first of 12 (and counting) books in the "Roma sub Rosa" series. Murder mysteries set in the last years of the Roman Republic. The plots are good, but the real attraction for me is the word pictures painted of life in those times.
Update - Just read Roman Blood again. I think I'll read the entire series over. It starts with the end of Sulla's dictatorship and ends (I think) with the start of Octavius's reign. I remember that the lead character really disliked Octavius - Gordianus always referred to him sarcastically as "First Citizen"....Continua