Roman sleuth Didius Falco's hopes of relaxing in Britain are dashed when the body of Roman ally King Togidubnus is found stuffed in a barroom well.

This creates a serious diplomatic situation and touches off a series of killings in Londillium. Falco's investigation leads to the discovery that a band of gangsters is plotting to take over the city, and somehow he must stop them. He is caught in the underworld of the backwater town and as Falco tries to ferret out the criminals he and his family are drawn deeper into the complex plots of the villains.

THE JUPITER MYTH continues this highly popular series that expertly blends Roman history with modern black comedy and even a taste of 1920s Chicago-style gangsters. This is a finely crafted mystery and a fun read. (Sep., 352 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin