The Roman Mystery Scrolls

Threptus is beggar-boy with a heart of gold who lives in Rome’s seaport, Ostia. He idolises Lupus, a former beggar boy who solved many mysteries, had exciting adventures and now owns a ship. When Lupus and his friends are exiled at the end of the Roman Mysteries, Threptus organises a makeshift triumphal parade to bid them farewell. Before he boards his ship, Lupus bequeaths Threptus his wax-tablet with the written challenge: Carry on my good work. But it’s hard when you’re a penniless beggar. Together with Floridius the soothsayer and Aphrodite the sacred chicken, Threptus learns to read and write and solve mysteries like his idol. Ages 6+

The Sewer Demon
The Sewer Demon
Book 1

At the end of book 17 of the Roman Mysteries, Caroline Lawrence introduced us to Threptus – a young beggar boy. In this fun and fabulous new series, Threptus starts work with his mentor – the soothsayer, Floridius – and together they must solve their first mystery…

Can they rid a rich woman’s house of the demon that haunts it in the dead of night? What is the true nature of the demon? And is it really a supernatural being?

Threptus is a brave, funny and loveable hero and each story is a mini-mystery perfect for readers aged 7 up.

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
February 2012
The Poisoned Honey-Cake
The Poisoned Honey-Cake
Book 2

Floridius, freelance soothsayer, is afraid that he has lost his talent for seeing the future. Threptus wants to find some titbits of information that his mentor can use to convince people he still has the gift, but will a poisoned honey cake lead to disaster along the way?

Join Threptus and Floridius on their hilarious and action-packed adventures among Rome’s superstitious underclass, and don’t miss this ruder, funnier and still historically accurate companion to The Roman Mysteries.

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
July 2012
The Thunder Omen
The Thunder Omen
Book 3

Threptus the former beggar boy has teamed up with Floridius, a soothsayer and seller of sacred chickens. Together they earn a living helping people solve problems and mysteries.

In this third book of the series, it is the time of Saturnalia – when all the rules are turned upside down and chaos ensues. Threptus is enjoying the mayhem but the thunder omens are disturbing. Can Threptus help his friend matchmake and avoid the disaster threatened by the thunder omen?

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
February 2012
The Two-faced God
The Two-faced God
Book 4

Threptus the former beggar boy has teamed up with Floridius, a soothsayer and seller of sacred chickens. Together they earn a living helping people solve problems and mysteries.

Floridius the Soothsayer has been asked to read the omens for a wealthy man whose villa appears to be haunted. The pay is good but it means studying a sheep’s liver and poor Floridius faints at the sight of blood! Can Threptus solve the mystery and save his friend from embarrassment?

Publisher: Orion Children's Books
July 2013