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Caroline Lawrence - Author

About the Author

Caroline Lawrence was our Guest Editor in September 2102 - Click here to see her selections.

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

The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse

The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback 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?

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The Prophet from Ephesus

The Prophet from Ephesus

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2009

Flavia and her friends are hotly pursued by the emperor's soldiers as they investigate a kidnapping in the sixteenth Roman Mysteries adventure. The penultimate title in the bestselling Roman Mysteries series is re-issued with a brand new cover look.

ebook of the month
The Man from Pomegranate Street

The Man from Pomegranate Street

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/04/2009

The emperor is dead! But did he die of natural causes, or was it murder? The young detectives are determined to find out in the seventeenth and last of The Roman Mysteries.

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The Beggar of Volubilis

The Beggar of Volubilis

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2008

On a mission for the Emperor Titus, Flavia and friends head to Morocco to find a lost emerald mentioned in a prophecy, in the fourteenth of The Roman Mysteries.

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The Sirens of Surrentum

The Sirens of Surrentum

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2006

The four friends investigate a possible poisoning in the eleventh Roman Mysteries adventure.

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The Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2005

The friends fight to thwart the plans of an evil slave-trader who deals in children in the ninth Roman Mysteries adventure.

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The Gladiators from Capua

The Gladiators from Capua

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/06/2004

March AD 80. In Rome, the Emperor Titus has announced that there will be a hundred days of games to open his new amphitheatre (now known as the Colosseum). Flavia, Nubia and Lupus take this opportunity to go to Rome and search for their missing friend, Jonathan. Their search leads the young detectives straight to the games, where they must face wild beasts and gladiators to accomplish their mission.

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The Enemies of Jupiter

The Enemies of Jupiter

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2003

February, AD 80. An imperial messenger summons Jonathan's father to Rome, where the fever which started in Ostia is now threatening to become a plague. Jonathan and his three friends go, too, and need to use all their skills to solve a dangerous mystery for the Emperor Titus.

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The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina

The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/06/2003

Flavia is suspicious of her father's new love and starts to investigate. Meanwhile, mysteries abound amid the chaotic festival of Saturnalia in the sixth Roman Mysteries adventure.

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The Thieves of Ostia

The Thieves of Ostia

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2002

Someone is killing Ostia's dogs and Flavia is determined to find out who and why in the first of The Roman Mysteries.

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Other books by Caroline Lawrence

How To Write a Great Story

How To Write a Great Story

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

Stories are incredibly powerful so if you become a writer, be careful. Your book could change the world. Caroline Lawrence shares her best tips in this illustrated guide to creative writing and storytelling for readers and writers aged 9+. . . Featuring examples from all kinds of stories, including Black Panther, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, The Incredibles and Star Wars, Caroline explores every aspect of writing - from brainstorming a setting, to creating an opponent and choosing your hero's greatest weakness. Inspired by Caroline's school events and workshops, and illustrated with Linzie Hunter's lively black and white artwork on every page, this is the perfect addition to the bookshelves of young writers everywhere.

The Beggar of Volubilis

The Beggar of Volubilis

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2008

On a mission for the Emperor Titus, Flavia and friends head to Morocco to find a lost emerald mentioned in a prophecy, in the fourteenth of The Roman Mysteries.

ebook of the month
The Enemies of Jupiter

The Enemies of Jupiter

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2003

February, AD 80. An imperial messenger summons Jonathan's father to Rome, where the fever which started in Ostia is now threatening to become a plague. Jonathan and his three friends go, too, and need to use all their skills to solve a dangerous mystery for the Emperor Titus.

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The Dolphins of Laurentum

The Dolphins of Laurentum

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Andrew Davidson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2003

It's October AD 79. The arrival of a ragged man at the Geminus household sets in motion a series of events which take Flavia and her three friends to an opulent villa by the sea at Laurentum, a few miles south of Ostia. Just off the coast is a sunken wreck full of treasure which could be the answer to all their problems. But someone else is after the treasure, too. As the four children try to recover it, they solve the terrible mystery of Lupus's past.

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The Prophet from Ephesus

The Prophet from Ephesus

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2009

Flavia and her friends are hotly pursued by the emperor's soldiers as they investigate a kidnapping in the sixteenth Roman Mysteries adventure. The penultimate title in the bestselling Roman Mysteries series is re-issued with a brand new cover look.

ebook of the month
The Gladiators from Capua

The Gladiators from Capua

9+ readers

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/06/2004

March AD 80. In Rome, the Emperor Titus has announced that there will be a hundred days of games to open his new amphitheatre (now known as the Colosseum). Flavia, Nubia and Lupus take this opportunity to go to Rome and search for their missing friend, Jonathan. Their search leads the young detectives straight to the games, where they must face wild beasts and gladiators to accomplish their mission.

ebook of the month

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