A Murder on the Appian Way by Steven Saylor

A Murder on the Appian Way

Roma Sub Rosa #5

Steven Saylor

400 pages first pub 1994 (editions)

fiction historical mystery adventurous challenging mysterious slow-paced


In a Rome torn by riots and pulled apart by rival factions, Gordianus the Finder must uncover the truth about the murder of Publius Clodius, a populist politician whose assassination threatens to destroy the Republic. The fifth in the highly prais...

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mysterious 100%
adventurous 71%
tense 42%
challenging 28%
emotional 28%
informative 14%
reflective 14%


medium 57%
slow 42%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 50% | A mix: 25% | Character: 25%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 25%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 75% | Yes: 25%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 50% | Yes: 50%

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