The Used Virgin

Genre: Mystery

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.

A corrupt governor. A young girl. An old man. Argolicus unravels the threads.

When a life-long friend disappears, a peaceful retreat to the provinces turns into a challenge to the local governor for Argolicus.

A cruel slander originates from the venal governor. When Argolicus visits the governor, he discovers an unscrupulous plot destined to impoverish his friend. When his lifelong tutor overhears a comment, they set out to find their friend only to discover base cruelty and a secret plot.
A plot that challenges the King’s people, the roots of Roman civility, and his friend’s life.

Affronted, he pursues the thread. Little does he know that his investigation will pitch him in a fight with thugs and ultimately set him head-to-head with the governor.

5 Stars “A rich tapestry of interactions that serve to draw the reader deeper in...”
“The feel of a time long passed as a mystery unfolds.”


Five Stars
There are several things that go into the making of a good period thriller: the invocation of its surroundings, the realization of the setting, characterization that creates distinct voices in one's mind and, of course, a plot line that makes sense and creates the necessary sense of wonder that keeps the reader, reading. David Amerland

This is the fun start of a great mystery series. Amazon Customer

The author did a great job with immersing the reader into that world, introducing the various players, their lives, their attitudes, their politics... yes, this book certainly has politics of the day playing a major role. Oleg

The details are so vivid, you can almost feel the chicken feathers fluttering around you. Meandthemutts

A cracking yarn that wears its deep research lightly. Clarissa Palmer

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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