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  • Mass Market Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Mass Market Paper (May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312357753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312357757
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.6 x 16.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,276,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Davis's engaging 17th ancient Roman historical to feature "informer" Marcus Didius Falco (after 2004's Scandal Takes a Holiday), Falco takes his deductive powers to Greece, where two young women tourists have died under mysterious circumstances. Accompanied by a large entourage, including his independent and sharp-witted wife, Helena, Falco soon finds that one tour, promoted by the shady Seven Sights Travel outfit, has a suspiciously high mortality rate. The long trail of corpses Falco uncovers puts the sleuth in danger of running out of suspects. While the way Falco unmasks the killer may be less than ingenious, the author's vivid picture of life in A.D. 76 and the sparkling characterizations, particularly the amusing byplay between Falco and Helena, will satisfy most readers. For those new to this popular series, which has a new publisher, Davis provides a short introduction to Falco and his world. (June)
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*Starred Review* If Sam Spade traveled back in time to A.D. 76, he'd be Marcus Didius Falco, the Roman sleuth at the center of Davis' mordant series. In the seventeenth outing, Marcus, who tackles crime on behalf of the emperor (and with the help of his tart-tongued wife, Helena), casts his cynical gaze on the case of two women who met their demise on tours of Olympia, Greece. Both women perished during excursions sponsored by Seven Sights, a dubious travel agency whose slippery host dispenses a litany of lies. Marcus focuses on the more recent victim, Valeria Ventidia, who was found beaten to death with a long-jumper's hand weight. Although there's no shortage of suspects among Seven Sights' colorful clientele, Valeria's shifty, jealous husband is at the top of the list. Davis provides vibrant period detail, from majestic Greek temples and teeming Roman slums to reprehensible rulers sporting tunics trimmed with gold. Some readers of this series may have difficulty accepting the hard-boiled veneer that Davis lays over ancient Rome, but for those willing to suspend disbelief, it makes a marvelous conceit. David Pitt
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If you like your historical mysteries a little more - or more than a little - on the zany side, you must have met Falco already. He's like Steven Saylor's Geordinius the Finder, but without the grimness. The books have a lively, light touch; and if you don't expect accuracy to the weight tomes of Roman History, you'll enjoy them immensely.

This novel is true to form. A girl dies on a packaged holiday to Greece. The tour organizers say "Not our responsibility. She went off with a man after dark". The distraught father seeks Falco's help because he's angry at being brushed off. No one but him has been searching for his daughter's killer. Falco looks into the case because he's a soft hearted guy and the girl is entitled to have Roman justice do its stuff on her behalf. He starts to investigate the tour company, and discovers that the marriage of a honeymoon couple on a current tour to Greece has ended the hard way. The bride is dead and the groom is missing. He discovers that the investigations of both deaths were glossed over. Are the Roman officials in Greece covering up because publicizing the deaths as murders will scare off tourists from attending the Olympic Games? Will getting involved kill his prospects of rising in society so he can marry his patrician girlfriend? Cheesed off at all the callousness and inaction, Falco and Helena (and nephews and friends)take a trip to stalk a killer who keeps his murders in the open but himself (or herself?) out of sight.
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This newest Falco book is part of a very amusing and very quirky series. These books are written with a great deal of humor, the patrician Helena and the very plebeian Falco are the best sleuthing couple going today. Rome and the period of Vespasian come alive and romp on the page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars P.I. Falco Investigates Murder in Romanized Greece Dec 13 2015
By Nick Howes - Published on
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In this 17th Falco book, Rome's private informer Marcus Didius Falco goes to Greece with wife and family members to investigate the death of a young wife. In the process, he experiences life in ancient Romanized Greece , viewed through his sense of humor, including the scams perpetrated by oracles. The trail is cold and it is dangerous. The suspect list narrows to the members of the travel group the girl and her husband were with. Again, incredible wealth of detail and a firm sense of street life sets Lindsey Davis' work apart and makes for a convincing view of what life in the Roman Empire must've been alike. Great stuff, good mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Falco: A Series to Love March 8 2007
By T. Ritter - Published on
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This is the 17th (!) book in the amazing series about Didius Falco, an "informer" and sometime imperial agent in Rome circa 76AD. As usual, much of the book involves interactions between Falco, his wife, family and friends in the context of imperial Rome. This time we travel through various towns in Greece investigating two murders on two different foreign tours booked from Rome.

Each book can be read separately from the rest of the series, but ideally the reader will start at the beginning, Silver Pigs. It is important to not miss Two for the Lions, which resolves threads from earlier volumes.

The Silver Pigs (1989)
Shadows in Bronze (1990)
Venus in Copper (1991)
The Iron Hand of Mars (1992)
Poseidon's Gold (1993)
Last Act in Palmyra (1994)
Time to Depart (1995)
A Dying Light in Corduba (1996)
Three Hands in the Fountain (1997)
Two for the Lions (1998)
One Virgin Too Many (1999)
Ode to a Banker (2000)
A Body in the Bath House (2001)
The Jupiter Myth (2002)
The Accusers (2003)
Scandal Takes a Holiday (2004)
See Delphi and Die (2005)
Saturnalia (2007)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Falco on the road again Dec 21 2006
By Blue in Washington - Published on
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While I don't think that the plot of this Marcus Didius Falco potboiler was the best of the series to date, the vast array of information presented the reader about First Century AD Rome and Greece is simply terrific. For example, here is a rarely presented account of tourism in the classic age as well as much intriguing information about the Olympic Games, albeit in the Roman period. The author, Lindsey Davis, is well acquainted with the subject of early travel, having sent Falco on the road many times before, but this book's setting in Greece is quite enjoyable on its own. Also always enjoyable is the interplay between the members of Falco's family. What's not to like?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worst of the series--too bad May 5 2008
By Jenny Hanniver - Published on
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For a good travelogue of Greece in the Roman era, this would be fine, as a novel--it's tedious. There's little mystery, hardly any menace, the wit is too caustic and nasty to be funny, and the characters seem lifeless.

I was bored throughout. Better luck next time.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I died well before Delphi July 12 2006
By David A. Stedman - Published on
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Even Falco's wisecracks and his always eventful family life cannot disguise what is essentially a travelogue through Greece with attached mystery. This book reminded me of "Last Act in Palmyra" where we didn't miss a city of the Decapolis. I am a Falco fan, and I wish Lindsey Davis inspiration as she writes his next adventure. However, William Broad's recent book THE ORACLE, the search for the truth about the oracle of Delphi, is a better mystery by far.