Assaph Mehr

Assaph Mehr

Sydney, New South Wales

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.

Historical, Mystery, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Supernatural, Suspense

Murder In Absentia: Togas, Daggers, and Magic (Felix the Fox Book 1)

This is a story of Togas, Daggers and Magic - for lovers of Ancient Rome, Murder Mysteries, and Urban Fantasy. "Mehr creates a vivid cast and an equally vivid setting in which magic just seems to fit in perfectly." -- Richard Knaak, NYT best-selling author of author of Legends of Huma "Mehr's imagined world based on ancient Rome feels at once familiar and dreamlike." -- Ruth Downie, author of the Medicus series of Roman mysteries "Hardcore Historical Fantasy - Felix the Fox is Sherlock Holmes in Ancient Times" -- Jonathan Maas, award-winning author of Flare "Mehr is a master alchemist, blending the real and surreal on a captivating flight of fantasy." -- Cynthia Celmer "YESSS! Harry Dresden in a toga. A bit lighter on the magic usage, but every bit as colorful and intriguing!" -- Leslie Conzatti, Erin Sky, and a surprising number of Dresden Files fans 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 a cult death, and knows who to call for discreet resolution. 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 competent magician -- but something in between. Drawing on his contacts in 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!

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