Not being much of a reader of this sort of historical fiction, it's a particularly good thing to step outside my comfort zone for an author who lives well within my comfort zone - or at least in Central Victoria :)
From the Blurb:
Rome is bathed in blood as the Emperor Tiberius is tormented by drug-fuelled terrors of treason. The innocent are butchered while the guilty do evil in darkness. None are guiltier than the Emperor's devoted and deluded 'son', Sejanus.
The tar-soaked wick smoked for a moment, hovering above the brazier before it sizzled and spat and burst into flames.