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A Roman Death

A Roman Death


Historical thriller set in Ancient Rome. In 45 BC, Julius Caesar is at the height of his power. Lucius Scaurus, the young, good-looking fiancé of a high-society girl is poisoned at the couple's own pre-wedding banquet. In the trial that follows, Roman society is shocked when the girl's mother, Helvia, is accused of not only of murder, but of incest. Cicero comes to Helvia's defence, but the killer's identity remains a mystery until the final twist – or two.

  • Author Bio

    Denise O’Hagan is a Sydney-based award-winning editor and poet. She has a background in commercial book publishing in Routledge, Collins and Heinemann (London) and Harcourt Brace, Horwitz Educational and Cambridge University Press (Sydney). In 2015 she set up her own imprint, Black Quill Press, and published the historical novel Jerome & His Women, shortlisted for the inaugural Institute of Professional Editors’ Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award (the ‘Rosie’) (2015). Her other publications include Messages from the Embers (2020), Mini Style Guide (2019), Chinese Whispers: In Search of Ivy (2018) and A Roman Death (2017). Her poetry is published widely both in Australia and overseas. Recipient of the Dalkey Poetry Prize (Ireland), her poetry has also been awarded in Australia, Hong Kong and the States. She was Poetry Editor for Australia/New Zealand for Irish literary journal The Blue Nib until 2020. Her second poetry collection, Anamnesis, is forthcoming (Recent Work Press, October 2022).

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