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3.00241837968561 out of 53.00241837968561 out of 53.00241837968561 out of 53.00241837968561 out of 53.00241837968561 out of 5 3.00 (827 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lindsey Davis Narrator: Christian Rodska Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781482978674
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In first-century-AD Rome, during the reign of Vespasian, Marcus Didius Falco works as a private “informer,” often for the emperor, ferreting out hidden truths and bringing villains to ground. But even informers take vacations with their wives, so in AD 77, Falco and his wife, Helena Justina, with others in tow, travel to Alexandria, Egypt. But they aren’t there long before Falco finds himself in the midst of nefarious doings—when the librarian of the Great Library is found dead, under suspicious circumstances.

Falco quickly finds himself on the trail of dodgy doings, malfeasance, deadly professional rivalry, more bodies, and the lowest of the low—book thieves! As the bodies pile up, it’s up to Falco to untangle this horrible mess and restore order to a disordered universe.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The twisty plot with its various false leads and the author’s plausible depiction of ancient Alexandria make this one of the stronger entries in this solid historical series.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “What makes Davis’ long-standing series so indelible is the expert blend of Falco’s wisecracking observations and crazy family life with some masterly suspense…The mystery is intricately plotted, the characters are well drawn, and Falco is as engaging a protagonist as ever, still tough but wiser and more reflective, too.”

    Library Journal

  • “The period detail is interesting; the characters, both main and secondary, are fully fleshed out.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabel | 10/23/2016

    " Alexandria by Lindsey Davis is a great book looking forward to the next book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Al | 2/15/2014

    " I picked this up based on a list of "best" historical mysteries in a recent Wall Street Journal. Yes, there is quite a bit of interesting historical information here, but it's pretty fragmentary -- if you're really interested in learning something about ancient Alexandria, read the excellent "The Rise and Fall of Alexandria". If you're interested in a good detective story, look elsewhere. This is a silly compilation of lame deaths and murders, supposedly unified around the pending nomination of a new Alexandria librarian, and laced with various facts and guesses about life in ancient Alexandria. Written in the first person, in a conversational modern style, from the point of view of the detective (improbably named Marcus Didius Falco) the whole exercise has a false ring to it. Don't bother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances Stiles | 2/15/2014

    " really enjoyed the historical parts an how she woven it togather with Mystery....awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siobhan | 2/5/2014

    " not among the best of this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pauline | 1/22/2014

    " If you liked the old cop series "Colombo", you'll love the exchanges in this book that shows just how little things have changed in big cities from Roman times from what we're seeing here and now in our big cities. The dialog in this book is entertaining, humorous and witty. The plot seems to have caught an Emperor's "inspector" while he was on holiday to take his wife and family to see the pyramids...of course he gets dragged into the local shananigans at the old library at Alexandria. Plots broil with politics and people scheme to become the head of that wonderful facility. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/18/2014

    " Not my favourite in the series - maybe starting to get a bit stale. But I will still read the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenine | 1/15/2014

    " A visit to Egypt by Falco, a wise-cracking imperial informant from ancient Rome. A solid entry in the series, I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isidro Rivera | 1/13/2014

    " Neat mystery. Set in Alexandria during the Classical period! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Smith | 1/12/2014

    " Another good Falco adventure. Probably one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evangelyn | 1/11/2014

    " Books seem to be losing steam. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin J | 1/9/2014

    " I returned it to the library unread, only got a couple of chapters in. Not for me. Rather dull protagonists, dull story didn't go anywhere soon enough for me. Getting impatient in my old age, won't put in the time if I don't get a glimmer of hope in the first few pages that I want more... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gemma | 10/12/2013

    " Falco and cohort just never disappoint! Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 8/6/2013

    " It was great to be back in Falco's world--wonderful humor and interesting trip to Alexandria. Now for the long wait for the next one.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carey Combe | 7/8/2013

    " I loved reading about the history of ancient Egypt during the Roman occupation, but other than that I found this one of the poorest examples of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Catshill | 11/12/2012

    " This was my first introduction to 'Marcus Didius Falco' and the whole story, the plot, the setting, the humour is brilliant. Although this isn't the first in the series, in fact, when I read it I didn't know about the series, so I was pleased to find that it was capable of standing out alone. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan Stephenson | 10/8/2012

    " Could not finish this.. or read more than 10-20 pages. Maybe it is because I had a stack of 12 books right there by my favorite authors though... ??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phair | 9/8/2012

    " Some interesting info about Egypt and the workings of the Libraries at Alexandria. The story was good at the start, dragged a bit in the middle but then picked up again. Still a favorite series despite the occasional not so great entry. Always a joy to revisit Falco & family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 6/17/2012

    " Once again - an excellent mystery and wonderful characters and dialog "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frank Anderson | 4/27/2012

    " This read like someone gave a writer for a soap TV show a book on history and told them to write a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bambola | 4/2/2012

    " Always enjoyable, equally so the second time around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kareemah | 1/31/2012

    " Out of all of the M.D. Falco, this one seemed like an odd man out. Don't know why, enjoyed it, but something seemed to be missing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeri | 10/28/2011

    " Doesn't seem to have the spark and humor of the earlier novels. Or maybe I just burned out on good ol' Marcus Didius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 4/12/2011

    " I LOVE this series featuring a P.I. from ancient Rome. Amazingly, even after 19 books, Davis keeps the series fresh and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 2/2/2011

    " Falco in Egypt. Sweet. Well written, fun..try it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 1/7/2011

    " Inventive and well up to the usual Falco standard "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/2/2011

    " Fantastic addition to the Falco series. He's a thoroughly engaging character among dozens of memorable characters -- this was a wonderful tour through the halls of academia in Egypt, through the eyes of tourist and informer Falco and his cohorts (in this case, not literally cohorts...). Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 10/9/2010

    " Not my favourite in the series - maybe starting to get a bit stale. But I will still read the next in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 10/7/2010

    " The one with the body in the library, the escaped Nile Crocodile and where the Pyramids will not be mentioned at all. Well almost... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan | 7/23/2010

    " Could not finish this.. or read more than 10-20 pages. Maybe it is because I had a stack of 12 books right there by my favorite authors though... ??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siobhan | 7/23/2010

    " not among the best of this series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joan | 4/20/2010

    " I didn't finish this book. really didn't like it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra | 3/5/2010

    " Mystery set in ancient Rome. Always fun. "

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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

Christian Rodska has worked in theaters all over the United Kingdom and in the West End, and he has recorded hundreds of radio plays and poetry programs. Over the last thirty years he has worked regularly in television, from early programs such as Follyfoot and Doomwatch, to Taggart, Sharpe, and Wycliffe. He has recorded over one hundred audiobooks and has won several awards, including fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards.