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Caroline Lawrence - Author

About the Author

Caroline Lawrence was born in London. Her American parents returned to the United States shortly afterwards and she grew up in Bakersfield, California with her younger brother and sister. Her father taught English and drama in a local high school and her mother was an artist.

When she was twelve, Caroline's family moved to Stanford University in northern California so that her father could study Linguistics. Caroline inherited her father's love of words and her mother's love of art. She subsequently studied Classics at Berkeley, where she won a Marshall Scholarship to Cambridge. There, at Newnham College, she studied Classical Art and Archaeology.

The books in the series are:
The Thieves of Ostia
The Secrets of Vesuvius
The Pirates of Pompeii
The Assassins of Rome
The Dolphins of Laurentum
The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina
The Enemies of Jupiter
The Gladiators from Capua
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Fugitive from Corinth
The Sirens of Surrentum
The Charioteer of Delphi
The Slave Girl from Jerusalem
The Beggar of Volubilis
The Scribes from Alexandria
The Prophet from Ephesus
And finally…
The Man from Pomegranate Street


THE ROMAN MYSTERIES have sold over 1.1 million copies since its introduction in 2001 and in 2009 won the Classical Association Prize for 'a significant contribution to the public understanding of Classics' THE ROMAN MYSTERIES has been recognised as having an exemplary combination of entertainment and education.

Featured books by Caroline Lawrence

Other books by Caroline Lawrence

The Night Raid

The Night Raid

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2014

A powerful novel inspired by Virgil's tale of the ill-fated night raid of Euryalus and Nisus, from Roman Mysteries author Caroline Lawrence. The Trojan War is over. The survivors must find new land on which to settle, and there is war. Euryalus and Nisus, two teenage warriors among Aeneas's Trojan refugees, make a disastrous decision to raid the camp of their enemy. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 14+

P.K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widows

P.K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widows

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2014

Winning hearts and rave reviews, master-of-disguise P.K. Pinkerton returns to the Wild West in the best adventure yet!P.K. Pinkerton's detective agency is thriving in Virginia Cityuntil the evening P.K. is abruptly stuffed into a turnip sack and tossed into the back of a wagon! Surfacing in Chinatown, P.K. is forced into taking a job trailing the abductor's fiance in Carson City.Danger lurks at every turn. P.K. must battle quicksand, escape the despicable former Deputy Marshall, Jack Williams, and save Poker Face Jace from certain death at the hands of the fatal ';Black Widow,' who is courting P.K.'s friend and mentor.Master-of-disguise P.K. Pinkerton has almost perfected the art of staying hidden in plain sight, but when the stakes become life or death, the only thing that can save the young detective is to give away the biggest secret of all.

The Roman Mystery Scrolls: The Two-faced God

The Roman Mystery Scrolls: The Two-faced God

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Richard Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

Floridius the Soothsayer has been asked to read the omens for a wealthy man whose villa appears to be haunted. The pay is good but it means studying a sheep's liver and poor Floridius faints at the sight of blood! Can Threptus solve the mystery and save his friend from embarrassment? Join Threptus and Floridius on their hilarious and action-packed adventures among Rome's superstitious underclass, and don't miss this ruder, funnier and still historically accurate companion to The Roman Mysteries.

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

In the second in this adventure series, Virginia City's newest detective, P.K. Pinkerton, takes on his first case - finding the killer of a murdered girl before he strikes again! Nominated for a 2014 EDGAR award, P.K. Pinkerton is back in the second book of this whip-crackingly brilliant series, set in America's Wild West. The death of sadistic desperado Whittlin Walt has created an opening for 'Chief of the Comstock Desperados'. Several young gunfighters are battling it out in the saloons and streets of Virginia City, and against this backdrop of gunmen, gamblers and cowboys, P.K. Pinkerton, Private Eye, is having trouble drumming up business. Nobody seems to take a 12-year-old detective seriously! Then a servant girl named Martha begs P.K. for help. She witnessed the murder of her mistress - a hurdy girl - and the killer knows it. Now he is after her. Martha gives P.K. a description of the killer and a cryptic clue, but then she disappears. Can P.K. solve the case and find Martha before the killer does?

P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man

P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: eBook Release Date: 18/04/2013

Author Caroline Lawrence returns to the Wild West with another action-packed mystery starring Master-of-Disguise, P.K. Pinkerton. After vanquishing three notorious Desperados, twelve-year-old P.K. Pinkerton opens a private-eye business in Virginia City. P.K.'s skills are quickly put to the test: When a maid named Martha witnesses a murder, she hires the young detective to track the killer before he finds her too.P.K. enlists a trusted ally, Poker Face Jace, to help crack the casebut collecting clues and keeping Martha safe will not be easy. Cunning liars, rogue gunslingers and deadly foes lurk at every turn, and time is running out to bring the murderer to justice.Sharp, thrilling and vividly imagined, P.K. Pinkerton's second action-packed adventure will keep your heart racing through to the very end.

Roman Mysteries Complete Collection

Roman Mysteries Complete Collection

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: eBook Release Date: 24/12/2012

A bumper eBook collection of all 17 Roman Mysteries adventures including The Thieves of Ostia, The Secrets of Vesuvius, The Pirates of Pompeii, The Assassins of Rome, The Dolphins of Laurentum, The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina, The Enemies of Jupiter, The Gladiators From Capua, The Colossus of Rhodes, The Fugitive From Corinth, The Sirens of Surrentum, The Charioteer of Delphi, The Slave-Girl From Jerusalem, The Beggar of Volubilis, The Scribes From Alexandria, The Prophet From Ephesus and The Man From Pomegranate Street.Packed with action, mystery and adventure!

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Deadly Desperados

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Deadly Desperados

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Caroline Lawrence, Matt Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

From the author of the bestselling Roman Mysteries, a new series set in the Wild West, packed with danger and deadly desperados at every turn! Virginia City in 1862 is a mining camp sitting above a rich vein of silver in America's Wild West. It's a dangerous place, full of gamblers, hurdy girls and gunmen - all of them on the make! When twelve year-old P.K. Pinkerton arrives there, homeless, penniless and hunted, things don't look good. But P.K. soon finds allies in Sam Clemens, a newspaper reporter, Poker Face Jace, a gambler who can tell when someone is bluffing, and Ping, a Chinese photographer's apprentice. With the help of these friends - and armed with a Smith & Wesson seven-shooter and a knack for disguises - P.K. takes on the tricksters and desperados and tries to become a detective. Fast, furious and funny - an utterly entertaining mystery adventure from an author who knows exactly how to grip and thrill her readers.

The Roman Mystery Scrolls: The Poisoned Honey Cake

The Roman Mystery Scrolls: The Poisoned Honey Cake

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Richard Williams, Andrew Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Floridius, freelance soothsayer, is afraid that he has lost his talent for seeing the future. Threptus wants to find some titbits of information that his mentor can use to convince people he still has the gift, but will a poisoned honey cake lead to disaster along the way? Join Threptus and Floridius on their hilarious and action-packed adventures among Rome's superstitious underclass, and don't miss this ruder, funnier and still historically accurate companion to The Roman Mysteries.

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2012

P.K. Pinkerton is back in the second book of this whip-crackingly brilliant series set in America's Wild West. The death of sadistic desperado Whittlin Walt has created an opening for 'Chief of the Comstock Desperados'. Several young gunfighters are battling it out in the saloons and streets of Virginia City, and against this backdrop of gunmen, gamblers and cowboys, P.K. Pinkerton, Private Eye, is having trouble drumming up business. Nobody seems to take a 12-year-old detective seriously! Then a servant girl named Martha begs P.K. for help. She witnessed the murder of her mistress - a hurdy girl - and the killer knows it. Now he is after her. Martha gives P.K. a description of the killer and a cryptic clue, but then she disappears. Can P.K. solve the case and find Martha before the killer does?

Case of the Deadly Desperados: Western Mysteries, Book One

Case of the Deadly Desperados: Western Mysteries, Book One

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2012

The year is 1862 and twelve-year-old P.K. Pinkerton is on the run from Whittlin Walt and his gang of ruthless desperados. P.K. is determined to hold on to his ma,s last priceless possession: the deed to a large amount of land and silver mines in the Nevada Mountains. But this is the Wild West, and there,'s hardly a safe place to hide in Virginia City, an untamed mining town full of gamblers, hurdy girls and gunmenall of them on the make! Relying on disguises will only keep P.K. hidden for so long as he works to outwit the outlaws who are quickly closing in...At once thrilling, funny, and moving, this mystery adventure will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

The Roman Mystery Scrolls: The Sewer Demon

The Roman Mystery Scrolls: The Sewer Demon

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2012

At the end of book 17 of the Roman Mysteries, Caroline Lawrence introduced us to Threptus - a young beggar boy. In this fun and fabulous new series, Threptus starts work with his mentor - the soothsayer, Floridius - and together they must solve their first mystery... Can they rid a rich woman's house of the demon that haunts it in the dead of night? What is the true nature of the demon? And is it really a supernatural being? Threptus is a brave, funny and loveable hero and each story is a mini-mystery perfect for readers aged 7 up.

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Deadly Desperados

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Deadly Desperados

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Caroline Lawrence Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/05/2011

Virginia City in 1862 is a mining camp sitting above a rich vein of silver in America's Wild West. It's a dangerous place, full of gamblers, hurdy girls and gunmen - all of them on the make! When twelve year-old P.K. Pinkerton arrives there, homeless, penniless and hunted, things don't look good. But P.K. soon finds allies in Sam Clemens, a newspaper reporter, Poker Face Jace, a gambler who can tell when someone is bluffing, and Ping, a Chinese photographer's apprentice. With the help of these friends - and armed with a Smith & Wesson seven-shooter and a knack for disguises - P.K. takes on the tricksters and desperados and tries to become a detective. Fast, furious and funny - an utterly entertaining mystery adventure from an author who knows exactly how to grip and thrill her readers.

The Roman Mysteries: The Legionary from Londinium and other Mini Mysteries

The Roman Mysteries: The Legionary from Londinium and other Mini Mysteries

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Andrew Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

Mystery and adventure in Ancient Roman times for Flavia Gemina and her friends . . . Sacred chickens, a jellyfish and a Roman mystery set in Britannia - this collection of mini-mysteries is the perfect recipe for a gripping read! Includes an exclusive interview with Caroline Lawrence on the secrets of writing mystery stories!

The Roman Mysteries: The Man from Pomegranate Street

The Roman Mysteries: The Man from Pomegranate Street

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2010

September AD 81. Flavia and her friends learn of the mysterious and sudden death of the Emperor Titus. Was his death natural? Or was it murder? As the four detectives investigate this mystery, they little dream how much their lives - as well as the future of Italy - will be changed as a result.

The Roman Mysteries Omnibus

The Roman Mysteries Omnibus

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2010

THE THIEVES OF OSTIA: The theft of her father's signet ring leads Flavia Gemina to three extraordinary people - Jonathan the Jewish boy, Nubia the African slave-girl, and Lupus, the mute beggar boy - who become her friends, and partners in solving the first of many mysteries. Will they discover who is killing the dogs of Ostia, and why? THE SECRETS OF VESUVIUS: Flavia is spending the summer with her uncle who lives near Pompeii. She and her friends are absorbed in trying to solve a riddle that may lead to a great treasure. Then Mount Vesuvius erupts - and the four children find themselves in desperate danger. THE PIRATES OF POMPEII: Following the volcano's eruption, hundreds of refugees from the cities of Vesuvius try to come to terms with disaster. When children begin to go missing from the camp, Flavia Gemina and her friends investigate a powerful and charismatic man known as the Patron - and come face to face with pirates, slave-dealers ...and death.

Assassins of Rome

Assassins of Rome

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: eBook Release Date: 24/11/2009

Jonathan goes on a secret quest to Rome, and Flavia, Nubia and Lupus set out to find him. Their dangerous mission takes them to the Golden House of Nero where a deadly assassin is rumoured to be at work - and they learn what happened to Jonathan's family during the terrible destruction of Jerusalem nine years earlier.