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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (877 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: January 2011 ISBN: 9781482980158
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It is the Roman holiday of Saturnalia. The days are short, the nights are for wild parties. A general has captured a famous enemy of Rome and brings her home to adorn his triumph as a ritual sacrifice. The logistics go wrong: she acquires a mystery illness—then a young man is horrendously murdered and she escapes from house arrest.

Marcus Didius Falco is pitted against his old rival, the chief spy Anacrites, in a race to find the fugitive before her presence angers the public and makes the government look stupid. Falco has other priorities, for Helena’s brother Justinus has also vanished, perhaps fatefully involved once more with the great lost love of his youth.

Against the riotous backdrop of the season of misrule, the search seems impossible—and only Falco appears to notice that some dark agency is bringing death to the city streets.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Davis has mastered the art of…blending humor with history.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Davis does her usual sound job of bringing first-century Rome to life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Davis serves up a huge cast of characters and colorful descriptions of daily life in Saturnalia…Sure to please readers with an affinity for ancient history.”

    Booklist

  • “The latest entry in Davis’s long-running series boasts a straightforward mystery along with her usual double helping of historical detail.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 2/20/2014

    " Not up to her usual standard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/18/2014

    " I think this is one of her better books. Maybe because I did not care that much about the last one. I think I have read all of the series up to this book. I usually read them on the way home on the bus. This one I just finished off after getting home from a grueling day at work. You learn a little more about Roman history as you read the books and it seems to be more or less accurate from what I have read from official histories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 2/10/2014

    " It's been several years since I have read a Marcus Didus Falco mystery, and I still love it. One thing I noted as well, if you have not read any of the earlier books you will still enjoy this one, it is a stand alone and well done. I actually listed to a Sound Library recording narrated by Christian Rodska who had a superb voice for the role. Don't want to give anything away, but if you want a light read and enjoy old literary friends, then consider this book, especially towards Christmas. "

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

    " Not the best Falco mystery I have read - the ending wraps up the main story nicely but some of the subplots are brought to an overly hasty and too convenient end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 1/23/2014

    " I listened to this one. One of my favorite series, a fast talking informer in ancient Rome. He has to solve a grisly murder, find and save a germanic goddess chieftan, keep his unruly family in order, beat out rival chief spy Anacrites (who makes eyes at his mother!), save a brother-in-law's marriage, all during the wantonreveling of the week long festival of Saturnalia. Witty and charming "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 1/22/2014

    " This is almost the 20th book in the Falco series, and it seems to be getting a little long in the tooth. All our old friends are back, and it is set in Rome, as the best of the Lindsey Davis books seem to be. A fun, light read, but I feel like I'm going through the usual motions when reading this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/20/2014

    " I don't know whether my never having read any of the other books in the series marred my enjoyment of this book but I felt that it was just okay. I didn't hate any of the characters, I thought the story was good along with the writing but it just didn't grab me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene B. | 1/19/2014

    " Some extra funny dialogue with her made-up words; plague of doctors. Vigiles' holiday party with costumed giant carrot and turnip. Funny! One of her better. 4.5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/14/2014

    " Enjoyable detective ("informer") series set in 1st century Rome. The bizarre and unpredictable backdrop of Saturnalia combines with Falco's wit and an intriguing cast of characters to make an entertaining read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susanna | 1/9/2014

    " Okay but certainly not great mystery based in the time of the Roman emperors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 1/3/2014

    " A fine read if you like the series but this book doesn't contain anything new or exciting: It's very comfortable, just like the main character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisle | 12/14/2013

    " Well, I wanted an effortless, amusing read. I read a few Falcos lon ago and enjoyed them. Somehow, I did not find it interesting or very amusing this time. Oh well, got what I paid for... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/12/2013

    " A pleasant experience, as always, but I confess that I am already fuzzy on the details, since I actually finished it about a week ago and have already begun the next book, which is set in Alexandria. I guess that says something critically right there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirby | 11/8/2013

    " It is always a delight to learn a little more about life in ancient Rome. Showcased here was the fate of political prisoners, the celebration of Saturnalia and the various types of medical professionals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cheeseblab | 11/4/2013

    " One of the best Falco books in years--and apparently the last for a few years, as Davis takes time off to participate in some anthology projects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kit | 4/20/2013

    " This is the first book I've listened to in the series featuring Roman sleuth Marcus Didius Falco. It was interesting and entertaining, a series I'll look for in audio books. There's a lot of humor and the reader Christian Rodska, is very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie McCall | 2/18/2013

    " So much random-ness. Weird ghost dude in the homeless sector. Witches eating strange animal-part soup. Transvestites and orgies in the thick of the Saturnalia festivities. Drunken fires. Freaky doctor examinations and procedures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthiaj | 9/3/2012

    " I thought this one started a bit slow, but then realized that I was 1/3rd of the way into the book. Davis did a great job bringing Marcus and Helena through Saturnalia. Kind of like Thanksgiving to Christmas with the in-laws.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 4/3/2012

    " Its always fun to go to Rome and have a guided tour of the city and its underworld. Falco takes us on such a tour while he searches for Valeda, a Barbarian Queen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/3/2011

    " Another fantastic Falco mystery. You will not get an unbiased review from me for Lindsey Davis. I love her. No other author has made ancient Rome come alive for me in this way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bambola | 8/24/2011

    " An entertaining Roman romp with detective Falco. Catching up on the last couple of books before I read the latest in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia Bracewell | 7/5/2011

    " Not as compelling as other books in the series, perhaps because there were three plot lines going at once, only marginally related. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 1/3/2011

    " I really enjoyed this Falco mystery. It had the hallmarks in it that make Falco so great. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 9/15/2010

    " The Christmas one, where the barbarian returns, everyone goes missing and nobody gets any good presents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 7/3/2010

    " Some extra funny dialogue with her made-up words; plague of doctors. Vigiles' holiday party with costumed giant carrot and turnip. Funny! One of her better. 4.5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 5/4/2010

    " So much random-ness. Weird ghost dude in the homeless sector. Witches eating strange animal-part soup. Transvestites and orgies in the thick of the Saturnalia festivities. Drunken fires. Freaky doctor examinations and procedures. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 9/11/2009

    " A fun read, especially for history nerds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cody | 7/29/2009

    " Imagine Magnum PI dressed in a Toga running around ancient Rome.

    This is my third Falco book, and I cant stop. I recently started an audible subscription and can't stop downloading these. This one is just as great as the others so far "

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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.