Mystery of the Roman Ransom by Henry Winterfield


Mystery of the Roman Ransom

Plot: To give you a bit of background on the author. Henry Winterfeld began writing for children in 1933, when he wrote Trouble at Timpetill to entertain his son, who was sick with scarlet fever. He went on to write a number of books which have been published around the world.

This book begins with a class of boys presenting a slave to their school teacher for his fiftieth birthday. After letting the boys know in no uncertain terms that he has no desire for a slave, and that he is not fifty but seventy-two, Master Xanthos orders them to return the slave to the seller.

The boys attempt to do so, but find that the seller has fled town after being threatened for selling this slave.

Unhappy at their new circumstance, the boys make their way back to their school master. However, on the way they are attacked by an old, one eyed, gladiator who wants to take Udo, the slave. The boys manage to escape the Roman market place, after pouring a pot of honey on the man’s head.

Later they find that the slave was carrying a message to an unknown man, this message contained the name of a famous Roman senator who they plan to murder. This senator turns out to be one of the boys fathers, the race is on the figure out whose father, and change his fate before it is too late.

Negative: No swearing that I can recall, a bit of fighting, but nothing that produces blood. A man threatens the life of a boy, and a boy pours a pot of honey over bad guys head. Nothing serious

Overall: I loved this book, it was so funny! I read the first and it was equally funny. I recommend this to all with no reserves, Henry Winterfeld knows how to write a good and funny mystery.

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7 thoughts on “Mystery of the Roman Ransom by Henry Winterfield

  1. Glad to see you’ve read “Detectives in Togas”. That used to be one of my favorite books when I was a bit younger. I can’t remember for the life of me if I’ve read this or not.

  2. Mmmph. I’ve got enough to read right now. I’m planning on reading “Patriots”, by James Rawles with my dad soon. I’ve got to write a review on “The Real Lincoln”, and type up a report I wrote about the Complete Sherlock Holmes, which I read recently. It includes all (?) 37 short stories and “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. It doesn’t include “A Study in Scarlet”, and at least one short story that I’ve read elsewhere. Have you ever heard of “Heiland”, by Franklin Sanders? I had it and “Patriots” highly recommended to me by a good friend. Have you heard of these?
    Deo Vindice,
    Johann Van De Leeuw
    (One of many obscure, made up,
    or ancestral pseudonyms that I use.
    This is the one I use online.) πŸ™‚

  3. I haven’t read much Sherlock Holms, I hear he is good though; and they have a movie coming out about him.
    Hmm….I don’t think I have heard of those books, what are they mainly about?
    Soli Deo Gloira
    Hannasus

  4. I haven’t read them yet. Have you ever read “The Thor Conspiracy”, by Larry Burkett? It’s a fiction story about, well, I should just review it. It’s about the socialist state that our country will soon be, and the state of the common people, what led up to it, and how the ozone hole got to be.
    It’s interesting. The books I told you about are along the same lines of socialism and the manner in which armed resistance may be best perpetrated. It’s one of my favorite subjects.
    Well, signing off.
    ~Johann

  5. Holmes is great. Any Doyle books are worth reading including the Lost World which I reviewed here a year ago or so.

    Also, Thor Conspiracy is a brilliant book. Go read it. πŸ™‚

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