The Peach Widow

Genre: Mystery, Short Stories

For Fans Of

Steven Saylor Lindsey Davis Robert Harris Georges Simenon

Book Summary

Mystery in history.
After Rome, before the Middle Ages, Italy belonged to the Ostrogoths.

Retired as Roman senate praefect, Argolicus visits a humble farm to find that greed and envy lead to solving a mystery.

A distressed widow. Greedy brothers. A huge farm dog. Argolicus unravels the threads.

When Argolicus, is asked by his mother to counsel a grieving widow on the laws of inheritance, he finds the law will serve her cruelly. Her stepsons want her out and there is no recourse.

When a field slave falls during peach harvest, suspicions grow when Argolicus and Nikolaos learn more about the family and suspect that the death may not be from natural causes. As they question the family, they discover greed, and begin to distrust the stories they’ve been told.

Argolicus uses his sound judgment to get the brothers out of trouble and uses his reasoning to untangle the the mystery of the widow’s estate.

5 Stars "Leaves you wanting more!"
“The character of those times emerges on the page from the start...”


Excellent! Really felt the setting, with all the sights, smells and heat of the day. And fooled me on the reveal of the mystery. Z.F. Pitts

The character of those times emerges on the page from the start of this lovely historical fiction story. Reggie

A well-crafted story. Chris Calder

Zara Altair writes great entertainment. Amazon Customer

The mystery works and is plausible so it’s a triple (maybe more) bonus we get – time travel, history lesson and intrigue. Gina Fiedel

About the Author

Mystery in History

After Rome, before the Middle Ages, Italy belonged to the Ostrogoths.

Zara Altair combines mystery with a bit of adventure in the Argolicus mysteries. Her Argolicus Mysteries are based in southern Italy at the time of the Ostrogoth rule of Italy under Theoderic the Great. Italians (Romans) and Ostrogoths live under one king while the Roman Empire is ruled from Constantinople. At times the cultures clash, but Argolicus uses his wit, sometimes with help from his tutor Nikolaos, to provide justice in a province far from the King’s court.

Zara Altair lives in Beaverton, Oregon. She is a fiction author writing in the historical fiction genre. Her approach to writing is to present the puzzle and let Argolicus and Nikolaos find the solution encountering a bit of adventure and some humor in their search. Her stories are rich in historical detail based on years of research.

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