Scorpion Rising by Marilyn Todd

Scorpion Rising by Marilyn Todd
A Claudia Seferius Mystery, #13
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Historical
Length: Full Length (180 pages)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

‘No.’ The Spaniard drew a deep breath and held it. The Scorpion did not send me here for the money.’ He held Claudia’s gaze with penetrating brown eyes. ‘The Scorpion sent me to kill you.’

Blackmailed into investigating the murder of a child, Claudia is plunged into a bizarre world of nature priestesses, who have no use for men other than as slaves. But there is discord within this secret society and, as the conflict spreads, she cannot accept that an outsider was responsible for the little girl’s death.

But while Claudia works to uncover the truth, a sinister force moves in the background. A master of disguise, the Scorpion is the spearhead of an uprising designed to unite the tribes against Rome. No one crosses this man and lives. Especially fiery young Roman women…

Some crimes are easy to solve. This isn’t one of them.

One of the things I appreciate the most about Ms. Todd’s writing style is how much detail she packs into her books, and this one was no exception to that rule. From the cut of the characters’ clothing to the types of tools they used in their daily lives, nothing was too ordinary to be included in this mystery. Because of this I could perfectly imagine every scene playing out in my mind. The author’s descriptions were simply that vivid and well done!

The cast of characters was so large that I sometimes had trouble keeping track of who everyone was and where they came from. This was especially noticeable when it came to the characters that were being introduced for the first time in this story. There were simply so many new faces that I had a hard time keeping all of them straight. It would have been really helpful to have some sort of master list of who everyone was so that I could refresh my memory from time to time.

With that being said, the storyline itself was captivating. I read this tale much faster than I normally would have because I was so interested in seeing if Claudia was piecing together the clues the same way I was and if either one of us would figure all of them out before her time ran out. There were so many different factors to consider that I could have spent much more time than I did coming up with all of my possible interpretations of what happened to the little girl whose death Claudia was trying to unravel. The entire mystery was really well done.

This book is part of a series, but it can be read on its own or out of order.

I’d recommend Scorpion Rising to anyone who is in the mood for a challenge.

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