The Year of the Flame

By (author)M.J. Trow

In the time of Nero, living in Rome is a dangerous sport. But Gaius Calidus Nerva, former slave turned investigator, is determined to unravel the mystery behind the murders of Rome’s high priests and protect the city from further chaos. With political intrigue, the rise of the Christians, and war-torn soldiers returning from Britannia, Nerva is thrust into a treacherous world where motives run deep, and the fate of Rome hangs in the balance.


“Nero thinks on a grander scale than the rest of us.”

Rome. The empire that conquered. Now, living in Rome in the time of Nero is a dangerous sport. But Gaius Calidus Nerva, former slave now freed and bastard heir to the house of Nerva, has got a good head on his shoulders.

When the high priests of Rome are murdered, one by one, he begins an investigation. After all, if the high priests are being slaughtered, what’s to protect the rest of Rome’s citizens? Throw into the mix the rise of the Christians, the return of war-torn soldiers from Britannia, and the usual machinations of the elite, and Calidus is awash in people with plenty of motive.

But who has the means to try and topple the might of Rome?

Praise for M.J. Trow and Maryanne Coleman:

‘Believable characters, a suitably intricate plot and immediate immersion into the treacherous world of Rome at the end of the first imperial dynasty’ – Mark Knowles, author of The Consul’s Daughter

‘Trow makes the political intrigue of the time palpable’ – Publishers Weekly

‘Trow’s style is subtle and often humorous’ –

M.J. Trow and Maryanne Coleman Mei (M.J.) have been married for forty-five years and have been writing together for roughly seven. Writing as Maryanne, Carol has written two books of a fantasy trilogy, Goblin Market and Pandemonium. Mei has written almost one hundred books altogether.