Book Review: Murder in Absentia by Assaph Mehr



A young man is found dead in his bed, with a look of extreme agony on his face and strange tattoos all over his body. His distraught senator father suspects foul play, and knows who to call on.

Enter Felix, a professional investigator. In the business of ferreting out dark information for his clients, Felix is neither a traditional detective nor a traditional magician – but something in between. Drawing on his experience of dealing with the shady elements of society and his aborted education in the magical arts, Felix dons his toga and sets out to discover the young man’s killers.

Murder in absentia is set in a fantasy world. The city of Egretia borrows elements from a thousand years of ancient Roman culture, from the founding of Rome to the late empire, mixed with a judicious amount of magic. This is a story of a cynical, hardboiled detective dealing with anything from daily life to the old forces roaming the world

This is a story of Togas, Daggers and Magic – it will appeal to lovers of urban fantasy, detective murder mysteries and ancient Rome.

What I Liked

It’s been a while since I’ve read a good murder mystery. I didn’t imagine I could find one blended within the depths of a culture steeped in Roman history, but here we are. I was floored by this mashup.

What to Be Aware Of

PG-13. Felix the Fox finds himself in some adulty situations at times, which while not overly graphic, are probably not suited for all audiences.


If you enjoy a solid murder mystery, here’s a candidate. Especially if you want fresh scenery sprinkled with a little fantasy. While that sounds like a rather specific set of parameters, I encourage you to try this one out!

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