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A Bitter Chill

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Latest American cover
Original American cover of A BITTER CHILL

Latest edition published September 2005  by Poisoned Pen Press,
Arizona, U.S.A. Available in trade paperback, hardback, large print, and ebook formats

Original American cover
New American cover of A BITTER CHILL

Originally published 2005 by
Poisoned Pen Press, Arizona, USA.

The second Aurelia Marcella mystery is published in print and ebook in the USA and in ebook formats in the UK. It has three different covers (two US ones for the print editions, and one British one for the ebook, but it's the same book inside.

The story takes place in late December 95 AD. Roman settlers in Britannia are preparing to celebrate Saturnalia, a midwinter festival of eating, drinking, and fun-and-games. Innkeeper Aurelia's plans for a peaceful holiday are shattered when her brother brings bad news. An enemy in Rome is trying to destroy her family by spreading rumours that they are plotting against Caesar. To add to her troubles,  the mansio is menaced by a gang of native criminals operating a protection racket, and a party of rich, demanding travelers arrive to stay. Their quarrels and violence spill over into Aurelia's household, and the Saturnalia banquet, highlight of the festival, brings tragic death. Aurelia's sister Albia is one of the chief suspects.

Aurelia has to leave the quiet countryside for the busy new garrison town of Eburacum (York,) where she must contend with conspirators and crooks, and face personal danger to protect her sister and help her brother. If she fails, her family will lose not just their mansio, but their lives.

Poisoned Pen Press have produced the book in hardback, trade paperback, large print, (18 point )and ebook formats are published by Poisoned Pen Press and Head of Zeus..

An English audio version in MP3 format is available too, narrated by British tv and stage actress Jacqueline King.

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