Going forward in the calendar in the LITTLE RED BOOK OF HOLIDAY HOMICIDES we come to October. I confess that my first instinct was to construct a murder mystery around Halloween. But having already used a scenario of costumed party-goers for January, I couldn’t go there. That left Columbus Day, and that left me uninspired. I resorted to Google to help me find an alternative, the Roman holiday celebrating the new wine and honoring the goddess of healing, Meditrina. The Romans, particularly the Julio-Claudian imperial line were notorious poisoners, so a plot soon came to me, having to do with a gathering of Classicists from a small university in the Southern Oregon town of Bradford (aka “Bardford”), where in the local park Death Cap mushrooms are known to appear at this time of year.