The Roman Mysteries

This 17-book series about a Roman girl who solves mysteries started when I had a lightbulb moment: Nancy Drew in Ancient Rome! But if 18-year-old Nancy (a fictional girl detective) had lived in Roman times she would be married with about three kids. So Flavia Gemina is only ten when she solves her first mystery and meets a diverse trio of friends: her Jewish next-door-neighbour Jonathan, shy slave girl Nubia and a feral beggar boy named Lupus who cannot speak but only growls. Over the next few years Flavia, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus grow up as they solve many mysteries and have adventures all over the empire. With compelling characters, thrilling plots and conscious accuracy about historical detail, The Roman Mysteries are beloved of teachers, parents and most of all, kids. Ten of the 17 episodes were televised by the BBC in 2007 and 2008. That seems like a long time ago, but ancient Rome is timeless. And so are The Roman Mysteries. Ages 7+

The Thieves of Ostia
The Thieves of Ostia
Book 1

The first in Caroline Lawrence’s internationally bestselling Roman Mysteries series.

Flavia Gemina is a natural at solving mysteries. The daughter of a ship’s captain living in Ostia, the port of Rome, in AD79, she and her three friends, Jonathan, a Jewish boy (and secretly a Christian); Nubia, an African slave girl; and Lupus, a mute beggar boy, must work together to discover who is beheading the watchdogs that guard people’s homes, and why.

A talented storyteller, Caroline Lawrence has created a delightfully readable and accessible series that children will want to read time and time again.

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
April 2002
The Secrets of Vesuvius
The Secrets of Vesuvius
Book 2

It’s the summer of AD 79 and Flavia Gemina and her friends, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus, set sail for the Bay of Naples where they are going to stay with Flavia’s uncle near Pompeii. Once they arrive, they are soon absorbed in a quest to solve a riddle that may lead to treasure. But then tragedy strikes: Mount Vesuvius erupts and the friends must flee for their lives!

Not just a mystery – this is an absolutely thrilling action adventure that brings history to life!

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
July 2002
The Pirates of Pompeii
The Pirates of Pompeii
Book 3

It is AD 79 and Mount Vesuvius has erupted, destroying Pompeii. Among the thousands of people huddled in refugee camps along the bay of Naples are Flavia Gemina and her friends, Jonathan the Jewish boy, Nubia the African slave-girl, and Lupus the mute beggar boy. When the friends discover that children are being kidnapped from the camps, they start to investigate and soon solve the mystery of the pirates of Pompeii.

A terrifically exciting and dramatic story packed with superb historical detail.

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
November 2002
The Assassins of Rome
The Assassins of Rome
Book 4

Jonathan goes on a secret quest to Rome, and Flavia, Nubia and Lupus set out to find him. Their dangerous mission takes them to the Golden House of Nero where a deadly assassin is rumoured to be at work – and they learn what happened to Jonathan’s family during the terrible destruction of Jerusalem nine years earlier.

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
April 2003
The Dolphins of Laurentum
The Dolphins of Laurentum
Book 5

It’s October AD 79. The arrival of a ragged man at the Geminus household sets in motion a series of events which take Flavia and her three friends to an opulent villa by the sea at Laurentum, a few miles south of Ostia. Just off the coast is a sunken wreck full of treasure which could be the answer to all their problems. But someone else is after the treasure, too. As the four children try to recover it, they solve the terrible mystery of Lupus’s past.

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
February 2003
The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina
The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina
Book 6

Mystery and adventure for four young detectives in Ancient Roman times . . .

Flavia is suspicious of the new woman in her father’s life, Cartilia Poplica. She’s certain that Cartilia has an ulterior motive, but to find out the truth Flavia must perform twelve tasks – like the Greek hero Hercules.

So begins a thrilling journey, but what will Flavia learn at the end of her quest?

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
June 2003
The Enemies of Jupiter
The Enemies of Jupiter
Book 7

Jonathan’s father, Doctor Mordecai, is summoned to Rome to help the plague victims. The four young detectives are wanted too, as the Emperor Titus believes that they can find the mysterious enemy who seeks Rome’s destruction.

Can the friends prevent disaster? And what is Jonathan’s secret mission?

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
November 2003
The Gladiators from Capua
The Gladiators from Capua
Book 8

March AD 80. In Rome, the Emperor Titus has announced that there will be a hundred days of games to open his new amphitheatre (now known as the Colosseum). Flavia, Nubia and Lupus take this opportunity to go to Rome and search for their missing friend, Jonathan. Their search leads the young detectives straight to the games, where they must face wild beasts and gladiators to accomplish their mission.

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
June 2004
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Colossus of Rhodes
Book 9

Anxious to solve the mystery of whether his mother is still alive, and keen to follow his uncle’s dying wish, Lupus and his friends sail to the island of Rhodes, site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – and base of a criminal mastermind!

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
August 2005
The Fugitive from Corinth
The Fugitive from Corinth
Book 10

Mystery and adventure for four young detectives in Ancient Roman times..

It seems that Flavia’s tutor, Aristo, has committed a terrible crime – attempting to murder Flavia’s own father. When Aristo escapes, Flavia and her friends give chase, but they aren’t the only ones on Aristo’s trail. Who else is after the young tutor? And what made him want to kill?

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
May 2006
The Sirens of Surrentum
The Sirens of Surrentum
Book 11

Mystery and adventure for four young detectives in Ancient Roman times…

It’s summer in the Bay of Naples – time for fun and relaxation. Everyone is thinking about love at the beautiful Villa Limona, but danger lurks beneath the luxury. A famous murder was committed nearby, and a poisoner is at large amongst the guests. Can Flavia and her friends set a trap to catch the culprit before it’s too late?

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
May 2006
The Charioteer of Delphi
The Charioteer of Delphi
Book 12

September AD 80. Flavia and her friends go to Rome to celebrate the Festival of Jupiter at Senator Cornix’s town house. When a famous racehorse goes missing, Nubia sets out to recover it. The four friends find themselves caught up in a plot against one of the rival factions, the Greens. Who is trying to sabotage the charioteers? Could it be an inside job, or someone with a grudge from long ago? And how many men and horses will die before the killer is caught?

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
April 2007
The Slave-girl from Jerusalem
The Slave-girl from Jerusalem
Book 13

This exciting adventure gives fascinating insight into the workings of the Roman legal system in a page-turning court room drama. As always, Caroline Lawrence springs new surprises for all the characters and provides motives, means and opportunity for one determined felon. And, as ever, it’s up to the four young detectives to crack the case . . .

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
August 2007
The Beggar of Volubilis
The Beggar of Volubilis
Book 14

Flavia and her friends are on a quest for the Emperor Titus – to steal a valuable gemstone known as ‘Nero’s Eye’. The Delphic Oracle prophesied that whoever owns the gem will rule Rome – so Titus is determined to claim it for himself. Their travels take them across the Roman province of Mauretania, from Sabratha (in modern Libya) to Volubilis (Morocco). As they travel on a caravan across the desert they encounter slave-traders, pantomime actors and a wild animal stampede. The detectives must consider another quest: what has happened to Uncle Gaius? Meanwhile, Flavia faces some tough decisions about her future.

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
February 2008
The Scribes from Alexandria
The Scribes from Alexandria
Book 15

A desperate quest begins in the port of Alexandria: site of the great lighthouse, the famous Library, and the tomb of Alexander the Great.
Codes, riddles, anagrams and hieroglyphics lead the young detectives down the river Nile to pyramids and sphinxes, temples and tombs, crocodiles and hippos. But what lies at the end of the journey? Treasure? Or death?

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
November 2008
The Prophet from Ephesus
The Prophet from Ephesus
Book 16

It’s August, AD 81. Presumed dead by their families but wanted by unknown authorities, Flavia and her friends feel very far from home.
When news of more kidnappings reach them, and they discover that one of Miriam’s twins is among the missing, the four detectives set out for Halicarnassus to help. Here they find the countryside is full of prophets who heal the sick and cure the lame – or are they merely tricksters and villains in disguise?

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
August 2009
The Man from Pomegranate Street
The Man from Pomegranate Street
Book 17

September AD 81. Flavia and her friends learn of the mysterious and sudden death of the Emperor Titus. Was his death natural? Or was it murder? As the four detectives investigate this mystery, they little dream how much their lives – as well as the future of Italy – will be changed as a result.

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
December 2012
Trimalchio’s Feast and other Mini-Mysteries
Trimalchio's Feast and other Mini-Mysteries

Between writing her bestselling novels, Caroline Lawrence has penned several short stories, covering incidents alluded to in the novels, but not dramatised at length. This book brings together mini-mysteries to provide even more coverage of events in the lives of our four detectives during the dangerous, exciting reign of Emperor Titus. Each of these short and sharp stories is as compelling and exciting as the novels, full of the sights and sounds of ancient Rome. Caroline Lawrence has written exclusive notes on each story, providing background on the inspiration and relevance to the series.

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
June 2007
The Legionary from Londinium and other Mini-Mysteries
The Legionary from Londinium and other Mini-Mysteries

Mystery and adventure in Ancient Roman times for Flavia Gemina and her friends . . .

Sacred chickens, a jellyfish and a Roman mystery set in Britannia – this collection of mini-mysteries is the perfect recipe for a gripping read!

Includes an exclusive interview with Caroline Lawrence on the secrets of writing mystery stories!

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
March 2010
The Roman Mysteries Complete DVD Box Set
The Roman Mysteries Complete DVD Box Set

The fantastic series now available in one complete set for the very first time! This absorbing children s television drama, the biggest ever made in the UK and shot entirely on location, follows four friends Flavia, Nubia, Jonathan and Lupus as they struggle to live through one of history s most turbulent times. With many comparisons to the lives of youngsters today, they deal with issues of prejudice, violence and the environment wrapped up in riveting stories of mystery and suspense. Based on the million-selling books by Caroline Lawrence, this lavish production stars Simon Callow (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Shakespeare In Love, A Room With A View) as Pliny. SPECIAL FEATURES: Photo Galleries, Character Profiles, Episode Synopses.

May 2010