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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lindsey Davis Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781504667357
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In this eighth mystery featuring hard-boiled Roman PI Marcus Didius Falco, Davis creates a chiaroscuro world of evil plots and dark humor, as olive oil whets a villain’s appetite for power and his taste for murder.

Surprisingly, nobody is poisoned at the Society of Olive Oil Producers banquet—the attempted murder of Rome’s chief spy occurs immediately afterward. Suspicion falls, quick as the Italian night, on the dinner’s sinuous dancer, a lady who has already left for Corduba, Spain. Naturally, Marcus Didius Falco, the Philip Marlowe of Roman detectives, is dispatched to follow her. But he has pledged to stay with Helena, his pregnant, patrician wife, until she gives birth. Caught between Scylla and Charybdis, Falco makes what may be a fatal mistake: he brings Helena with him to a terra incognita of olives and intrigue, where a dies irae and a remorseless killer wait.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Another of her witty and always enjoyable mysteries.”

    Washington Post

  • “Brilliant…witty…[will] keep readers fully amused and entertained.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “The eighth in Lindsey Davis’ excellent and funny series…a cross between I, Claudius and Mystery!

    Rocky Mountain News (Denver)

  • “A fascinating peek at everyday life in the colonial Roman empire, and the usual loopy cast of eccentrics that make Lindsey Davis novels such fun.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “[A] fast-moving narrative that makes ancient Rome feel as real as the streets of New York or LA.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Solid detail and vivid insights that bring ancient Rome alive. But the plotting, though leisurely, is nicely suspenseful and the ending worth the wait.”

    Library Journal

  • “Falco, the informer-cum-sleuth who navigates the corrupt political waters of the Roman Empire with an appealing mix of integrity and self-interest, is just hip enough for the room; he wears his cynicism like a raincoat, but he won’t be confused with Sam Spade at a toga party…Fascinating details about the olive-oil market lubricate the plot nicely, while Falco and Helena’s bantering about the baby-to-be evoke Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt on Mad about You.”


  • “With the passing of Ellis Peters, the title Queen of the Historical Whodunit is temporarily vacant. Lindsey Davis is well suited to assume it, and she is funnier than Peters…Davis’ books make old Rome sound fun…it is all so enjoyable.”

    Times (London) on the author

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About the Author
Author Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis is an English novelist best known for her award-winning historical crime stories set in ancient Rome and its empire. The acclaimed Marcus Didius Falco series earned her the Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, and Alexandria made the New York Times bestsellers list. She is also the author of the acclaimed historical novels The Course of Honor and Rebels and Traitors. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the 2011 Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association for lifetime achievement. Born and raised in Birmingham, England, she read English at Oxford and worked for the civil service for thirteen years before becoming a writer.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.