The Ides of April
This is an intriguing story of murder and mystery set in ancient Rome. The writing is great; it has a variety of sentence structures and a good use of vocabulary. In addition to teaching about the time period in general, it also teaches about historical figures, such as Julius Caesar and Caius Pomponius. Mary Ray wrote six books in her Roman Empire Sequence, but only two are available now: The Ides of April and Beyond the Desert Gate. Both the books can be read as stand-alones. Because of a little romance, the book is marked as 14+.
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