(OVID is the 1st of the Marcus Corvinus series)
'So tell me.' I was getting pretty angry myself now. I'd had a long
hard day and I wasn't taking this crap from anyone. 'You just tell me,
Dad. Tell me why the emperor hates a dead poet so much he won't allow
his ashes back to Rome. Tell me why when I ask questions about a
scandal so old that you can't even smell it any more everyone keeps his
mouth shut closer than a Vestal's kneecaps. Tell me why I nearly end up
in the Tiber with my throat cut...'
Such are the frustrated words of Marcus Corvinus, a young man who likes
to have a good time and enjoys wine, women and laughter far more than a
hard day's work. He also happens to be the grandson of the Roman poet
Ovid's former patron.
So when Ovid's stepdaughter, the luscious Rufia Perilla, begs him to
recover the poet's ashes and bring them back to Rome, how can Marcus
refuse? Not that the task turns out to be easy: official permission is
abruptly denied. And as Marcus starts asking questions in the higher
echelons of Roman society he finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into
a web of secrecy, treachery and deceit.
Comic, bawdy and extremely engrossing, OVID is an intriguing tale of
mystery and suspense