FIRST EDITION COVER
First published 2003
NEW US COVER
by Poisoned Pen Press,
Available in hardback,
large type, and ebook formats
The first Aurelia Marcella mystery has two titles and no less than three covers. That's because there are different editions for the USA and the UK.
It was originally published as GET OUT OR DIE in the USA, and re-issued in 2011 in the USA as
SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT. Then in November 2012 a UK edition was launched in London
by Head of Zeus.
The book inside the different covers hasn't changed. It is available in hardback, trade paperback and ebook in Britain and also in trade paperback and large print in the USA.
The story is set in 91 AD in Roman Britain, a raw frontier province on the edge the mighty Empire ruled by Domitian Caesar. Though it is almost fifty years since the
legions invaded, many native tribes still hate their conquerors and seize any chance to harass the Roman settlers who are flocking in to colonise the new province. Tension is especially high in the north, where Aurelia Marcella, a young innkeeper from Italy, runs the Oak Tree Mansio on the road to
York. She says, with typical modesty, that it is the best guest-house in northern Britannia.
Maybe that was true, until a string of savage murders disrupts her peaceful life, and she and her Roman friends find themselves under attack from a secret native war-band, the
Shadow-men, whose aim is to drive all Romans out. A traveller, Quintus, is nearly killed close to the mansio, and he and Aurelia set out to track down the rebel warriors, which brings them into personal danger. Can they find and destroy the
murderers before their campaign of terror turns into open rebellion?
Whet your appetite by
reading the first few pages, and seeing what the reviewers say
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version, read by British stage and television actress
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Note to book collectors: I still have a few copies of the original first edition of GET OUT OR DIE for those who specially like"firsts of first". I can sell these in the UK or almost anywhere else, though the postage charge will be steep outside Britain. Contact me for details.
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