Ever since I read my first Steven Saylor novel, I’ve been hooked to mystery stories set in Ancient Rome. For the first few years, I was too busy reading and chasing down the ones I hadn’t read. And I never stopped to ask “Why are so many historical mysteries set in Rome?”
So for our first podcast at HistorynMystery, Ramesh and I decided to explore this question and more. As promised in the podcast, here are the authors and books that we talk about in this first podcast.
Albert Bell, Pliny the Younger case series
Bruce MacBain, Plinius Secundus series
Caroline Lawrence, The Roman Mysteries
Colleen McCullough, Masters of Rome series
John Maddox Roberts, SPQR series
Kate Quinn, Mistress of Rome series
Lindsey Davis, Marcus Didius Falco series
Robert Harris, Cicero series – Pompeii
Steven Saylor, Roma Sub Rosa series
Let us know why you think Rome is such a popular setting for historical mysteries, and what your favorite Roman mystery novels are.