Caroline Lawrence
C. Lawrence

Birth Date

24 May

Birth Place

London, England






1 brother, 1 sister (both younger)


(Art) history, ancient languages, travel, cinema, jazz & London



Caroline Lawrence is the author of The Roman Mysteries, The Roman Mystery Scrolls, the The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries and several short stories.


Following Lawrence's birth in London, her American parents moved back to the United States. Lawrence grew up in Bakersfield, where her father was a secondary school teacher of English and Drama and her mother an artist.

When she was twelve, Caroline's family moved to Stanford University in northern California so that her father could study Linguistics. Caroline inherited her father's love of words and her mother's love of art. She afterwards studied Classics at Berkeley, where she won a Marshall Scholarship to Cambridge. There, at Newnham College, she studied Classical Art and Archaeology.

After Cambridge, Caroline remained in England, and later took an MA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London. She then taught Latin, French and art at a small London primary school. In 2000 she wrote The Thieves of Ostia, the first in the children's adventure series, The Roman Mysteries. In 2011 the first of a new series, The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries, was published. Lawrence has also worked on the University of Reading's educational website Romans Revealed, creating stories about Roman Britain closely based on archaeological finds.

Caroline has a son, Simon, from a previous marriage, and she now lives by the Thames in London with her husband, Richard, a graphic designer.


In 2009, Caroline won the Classical Association Prize of £5000 for "a significant contribution to the public understanding of Classics".


The Roman Mysteries series

Roman Mystery Scrolls

Short stories

Associated non-fiction books

  • The First Roman Mysteries Quiz Book (2007)
  • The Roman Mysteries Treasury (2007)
  • From Ostia to Alexandria with Flavia Gemina (2009)

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries series

  • The Case of the Deadly Desperados (2011)
  • The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse (2012)