Ann I. Goldfarb - Time Travel Mysteries

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The Last Tag

Synopsis

Can a disgruntled 15 year old tagger solve a centuries old murder before he becomes a victim?

EB Lyner has been lucky so far, considering that neither of his parents wants custody of him. Miraculously, he hasn't been caught tagging utility boxes or breaking into foreclosed houses in his Phoenix neighborhood. But things are about to change when he decides to trespass and enters a multi-million dollar home in nearby Scottsdale. What he doesn't know is that the remnants of a murder are hidden in this house. Its victim is trapped in time and can only rest if EB agrees to find her killer in the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum, 78 A.D.

Haunted by a voice that keeps repeating "Expiscor quisnam iuguolo mihi" (Find out who killed me), EB agrees to let her guide him back in time.

His Latin stinks and his detective skills are even worse, but he has nothing to lose; that is of course, if he can solve this murder before Mt. Vesuvius erupts on August 24, 79 A.D. With limited time and next to no resources, EB Lyner is left doing the only thing he knows how - tag the city until he gets an answer. But will it be too late? He's already impersonating the nephew of a wealthy landowner, unaware that the real relative is on his way to Herculaneum; and if that isn't daunting enough, the murderer is still at large. Time is something EB does not have. His wit, humor and resolve will have to suffice.

EB

The Last Tag, Ann I Goldfarb

 

KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Suspending disbelief that EB would fit in to ancient Roman society so seamlessly, the novel moves along at a solid pace and the motivations for the murder are well plotted. EB's voice is charmingly youthful and acerbic, while also recalling the sharp observations of old film detectives.

A smart, entertaining time-travel mystery."  Read full review...

 

  • EB Lyner has one year to figure out who murdered Aurelia in Ancient Herculaneum.
  • He'll do the only thing he knows how - tag the city.
  • He'll get stuck in a Roman bath and it won't be pretty.
  • He'll puke his guts out at a Roman Banquet.
  • He'll sneak around Roman villas to find clues.
  • He'll get arrested by the Roman Guard.
  • He'll fall for the breathtaking Laelia Galerias.
  • He'll find the red stone and wish he hadn't. And that's just the beginning. . .

 


Herculaneum photos by
Charlotte Lehman Photography


  • The ruins of ancient Herculaneum, as seen from the level of modern Ercolano.
  • The harbor of Herculaneum, where many people tried to hide from the destruction. Their efforts ultimately proved unsuccsessful and their skeletons can be seen in the photo.
  • The atrium of a villa in Herculaneum. You can see the famous "Herculaneum red."
  • Columns in a villa in Herculaneum. You can see the different layers that made up these famous columns.
  • A mosaic on a floor in Herculaneum.
  • A public water fountain.
  • The streets of ancient Herculaneum are very deep in places, sometimes about 3 feet lower than the sidewalks!
  • Amphorae excavated from Herculaneum. These would be used to hold and transport wine, olive oil, etc.
  • A fresco in Herculaneum. Because Herculaneum received the pyroclastic flow from Mount Vesuvius, the colors in the paintings were better preserved than in Pompeii.
  • Graffiti in Herculaneum.
  • Looking up at modern Ercolano from the ruins of ancient Herculaneum. Mount Vesuvius is overdue for a big eruption, which could bury both the ancient ruins and the modern city.
  • Because Herculaneum received the pyroclastic flow from Mount Vesuvius, its mosaics were better preserved. However, the intense heat from the pyroclastic flow caused the distortion of this floor and the "waviness" of the mosaic!
  • Because Herculaneum received the pyroclastic flow from Mount Vesuvius, its mosaics were better preserved. However, the intense heat from the pyroclastic flow caused the distortion of this floor and the "waviness" of the mosaic!
  • Because Herculaneum received the pyroclastic flow from Mount Vesuvius, its mosaics were better preserved. However, the intense heat from the pyroclastic flow caused the distortion of this floor and the "waviness" of the mosaic!
  • Because Herculaneum received the pyroclastic flow from Mount Vesuvius, its mosaics were better preserved. However, the intense heat from the pyroclastic flow caused the distortion of this floor and the "waviness" of the mosaic!
  • A beautiful fresco in a villa in Herculaneum. Because of the pyroclastic flow, the vibrant colors are preserved for us to see!
  • Modern Ercolano is built on top of Herculaneum. In some places, the ruins of Herculaneum are 25 meters below the current ground level.
  • This is the tunnel from Ercolano to the ancient coastline of Herculaneum.

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