Murder in Absentia: Togas, Daggers, and Magic (Felix the Fox Book One) by Assaph Mehr

I know nothing of ancient Greece and Rome except what I read in Edith Hamilton’s book when I was forced to read it in school. However, I enjoy urban fantasy in any time period. I also like historical fiction. So when given the opportunity to read historical fantasy I jump on it. This book was awesome and I’m so glad I read it.

Before reading it, you need to know that the author sprinkled in many Latin words and phrases. He seemed to find the magical balance between authenticity and overkill. The names are a little hard to pronounce so, my apologies to the author, I just renamed them in my head.

These characters are so incredibly developed I loved each of them. The plot drew me in and would not let me go until I came to the end. I just had to keep reading. The combination of mystery, fantasy, and history appealed to every one of my book fantasies. Reading this book was a lot like watching the movie version played out in my head. I could easily see these characters in any time period. But the fact that the author took the time to develop this story in a unique environment, proves he has a ton of talent and needs to write more.

So, Assaph, will there be another one?!

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 the Fox, 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 on 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.
Virtual Fantasy Con Awards:
1st place: Dark Fantasy / Horror Book & Author
2st place: Urban Fantasy Book & Author
3st place: Favorite Fantasy Series
Voted #1 on Goodreads’ Indie Books Worth the Read for 2016!


I have always been fascinated by ancient Rome, from the time I was in primary school and first got my hands on Asterix. This exacerbated when my parents took me on a trip to Rome and Italy – I whinged horribly when they dragged me to “yet another church with baby angels on the ceiling”, yet was happy to skip all day around ancient ruins and museums for Etruscan art.

A few years ago I randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis’ Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair. I fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. When I decided to sit down and write a novel, the setting was clear in my mind.

Assaph now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife Julia, four kids and two cats. By day he is a software product manager, bridging the gap between developers and users, and by night he’s writing – he seems to do his best writing after midnight.

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  1. I love reading Historical Fantasy as well! It’s so interesting and fun to read. This book looks great! Thanks for sharing.

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