Marilyn Todd's I, CLAUDIA is an enjoyable mystery read that transported me to ancient Rome and introduced fascinating, unusual main characters that sometimes left me with mixed feelings, yet always intrigued me. I loved the details about Roman life and culture, and the mystery snagged my interest immediately.
While I thought the mystery was unique and its resolution satisfying, I particularly liked that the story was more character-driven than tied up with the crimes. The sleuth, Claudia Seferius, was at times unlikeable. Ruthless, sharp-tongued, and angry with nearly everyone she comes across, I found her love for her cat, Drusilla, the one aspect of her character that softened her a bit and allowed me to cheer for her as she attempted to solve the crimes and keep the secrets of her past secure.
Investigator Marcus Orbiliio was another love him-hate him character, but as as much as I tried to resist his charm, I found him as intriguing as Claudia did, and I'd love to read further stories in the series just to see where Todd takes their relationship.
Claudia Seferius hides many secrets—secrets from her past and the scandalous way she earns funds to pay her gambling debts. But as the wife of a well-to-do wine merchant, she must maintain a facade of propriety and fidelity. And that was a lot easier before the men she services with her "side business" start dying off one by one.
First in the Claudia Seferius mystery series, set in 13 B. C. and available for the first time in ebook format!
Claudia Seferius has successfully flattered her way into marriage with a wealthy Roman wine merchant. But when her secret gambling debts spiral, she hits on another resourceful way to make money - offering her “personal services” to high-ranking Roman Citizens.
Unfortunately her clients are now turning up dead - the victims of a sadistic serial killer.
When Marcus Cornelius Orbilio, the handsome investigating officer, starts digging deep for clues, Claudia realizes she must track down the murderer herself - before her husband discovers what she's been up to.