Rubies of the Viper
by Martha Marks
When her brother is murdered in first-century Rome, Theodosia Varro inherits the family estate, going from poverty and isolation to great wealth and a prestigious position in society. Unfortunately, she lives in a time and a place that deny women of her class the very things she most desires: personal freedom and self-determination. Only by identifying her brother’s killer can she feel safe, yet her efforts take her in quite the opposite direction. After her own actions and the scheming of others lead to catastrophe, Theodosia struggles to survive and recover what matters most in her life.
(Word count 117,000; e-book $3.99 USD, print $13.46 USD)
Reviews of Rubies of the Viper
“If I were to select a book of the year to read, Rubies of the Viper by Martha Marks would be in the running for top choice. Yes, it is that good.
-Rhonda Esakov, Story Circle Book Reviews
“I ordered this book after seeing all the five star reviews. Now I see they are well deserved. Impossible to put this book down. I HIGHLY recommend this book.” —Patricia Goodspeed, Amazon Vine Voice
“Rubies of the Viper is a fast-paced, suspenseful and romantic historical novel, and a totally satisfying read. Buy this book, you will not be disappointed!” —M. Louisa Locke, author of Maids of Misfortune
“Rubies of the Viper presents an excellent read and several hours of pure escapist enjoyment. Enthusiastically recommended.” —Robert Davidson, UK, author of The Tuzla Run
“Full of action, plot twists and romance, it gripped me to the very end. The author recreates ancient Rome and beyond with authenticity in a book full of strong characters and vivid settings, from palaces to prisons.” Wendy Bertsch, Canada, author of Once More from the Beginning