SPQR I: The King’s Gambit: A Mystery (The SPQR Roman Mysteries Book 1)

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SPQR I: The King's Gambit: A Mystery (The SPQR Roman Mysteries Book 1)
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Historical mystery serie set in the final years of the Roman Republic

by John Maddox Roberts who also wrote Conan pastiche novels (only one is available on kindle you can find it here)

Blackmail, corruption, treachery, murder–the glory that was Rome.

In this Edgar Award-nominated mystery, John Maddox Roberts takes readers back to a Rome filled with violence and evil. Vicious gangs ruled the streets of Crassus and Pompey, routinely preying on plebeian and patrician alike, so the garroting of a lowly ex-slaved and the disembowelment of a foreign merchant in the dangerous Subura district seemed of little consequence to the Roman hierarchy. But Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger–highborn commander of the local vigiles–was determined to investigate. Despite official apathy, brazen bribes, and sinister threates, Decius uncovers a world of corruption at the highest levels of his government that threatens to destroy him and the government he serves.

Conan the Champion by John Maddox Roberts

Conan the Champion by John Maddox Roberts
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pastiche of Conan by John Maddox Roberts known for his SPQR serie of historical mystery set in the final years of the Roman Republic

Stranded in the furthest northern reaches of Brythunia, Conan the Cimmerian pledges himself as the champion of the haughty, beautiful Queen Alcuina. Soon the mighty barbarian is enmeshed in a war with two kings, who want Alcuina’s lands, and the evil wizard Iilma, who plots to rule the entire northland and has his own foul designs on the queen’s body. From the blood-drenched snows of the Brythunian forests to the sorcerous Shifting Lands the battles rage. The dead rise to slay, and victory can only come from Conan the Champion.