St. Martin's, June 2004, 24.95, 288 pp.
Gordianus the Finder and his beloved wife Bethesda are sailing from Rome to Alexandria both hoping that bathing in the Nile River will restore her to her health. An Egyptian by birth and sold into slavery, Bethesda knows exactly where she wants to bathe in the healing mystical Nile. When they reach the place next to a sacred shrine guarded by a priestess of Osiris, Bethesda leaves Gordianus but fails to return though he searched for his beloved.
Grieving and heartbroken, he travels on to Alexandria only to meet up with King Ptolemy who is battling his sister-wife Cleopatra for the throne. Gordianus accepts the king's invitation to the palace and finds he must deal with Caesar who wants the Egyptian civil war to end so whoever is the ruler can pay back the money owed to Rome. When the son he disowned is charged with trying to poison Caesar and Cleopatra, Gordianus realizes he still cares about Meto and he vows to find the real culprit so his son can go free.
A Gordianus the Finder mystery is always a special treat and in THE JUDGMENT OF CAESAR he proves that even though he is in his sixties, he can match wits with the most machiavellian of people including Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. Readers see how Caesar falls under Cleopatra's spell and through the research of Steven Saylor we are treated to a period of history that is both dramatic and colorful. Egyptologists and mystery fans are going to cast positive judgment on this exciting novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner