Assaph has been a Romanophile ever since he first got his hands on Asterix, way back in elementary school. This exacerbated when his parents took him on a trip to Rome and Italy – he whinged horribly when they dragged him 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.

He has since been feeding his addiction for books with stories of mystery and fantasy of all kinds. A few years ago he randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis’ Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair, and fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. His main influences in writing are Steven Saylor, Lindsey Davis, Barry Hughart and Boris Akunin.

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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Assaph’s Books

Murder In Absentia - Assaph Mehr - Cover with 5 Awards

Murder In Absentia is a story of Togas, Daggers and Magic – for lovers of urban fantasy, detective murder mysteries and ancient Rome.

A senator’s son is found dead, in what looks like a cult ritual murder. His father wants to have a resolution, but at the same time to keep it away from the public eye. Enter Felix the Fox: neither a traditional detective nor a competent magician – but something in between.

“Mehr’s imagined world based on ancient Rome feels at once familiar and dreamlike.”
— Ruth Downie, author of Medicus Roman Mysteries

“Mehr creates a vivid cast and an equally vivid setting in which magic just seems to fit in perfectly.”
— Richard Knaak, author of Legends of Huma

In Numina - Assaph Mehr

In Numina is the long awaited sequel to the award-winning Murder In Absentia

A rich landlord finds out tenants are abandoning his apartment buildings. No one will tell him why, but there are whispers of old gods – the numina – who came alive and now take residence in the buildings.

“Rich scenery, interesting plot twists, and enough danger to keep turning the pages. This story should be enjoyed by candlelight and with a glass of red wine.”
–CC Dowling, author of The Dharkstar Dragon Saga


All novels in the series are available on Amazon.

Aquae et Ignis - Assaph Mehr

Aquae et Ignis is a free novella in the Togas, Daggers, and Magic series.

The year’s senior consul came back from military campaign stark raving mad. His co-consul doesn’t want to go down in history as the ‘year of the crazy consuls’ – but the physicians can’t find the problem.

One name comes highly recommended for solving nutty cases. In a true Felix fashion, this is a story of Lunacy and Piracy, of Exile and Ghosts!

Aquae et Ignis is free, but only available at!


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