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3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lindsey Davis Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781504739801
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This novel in the acclaimed Marcus Didius Falco series finds the first-century detective confronting Roman legal forces that may just destroy him—and his family.

Fresh from a trip to far-flung Londinium in Britain, Falco needs to re-establish his presence in Rome. A minor role in the trial of a senator entangles him in the machinations of two powerful lawyers. The senator is convicted but then dies, apparently by suicide. It may have been a legal move to protect his heirs; Falco is hired to prove it was murder.

As he shows off his talents in the role of advocate, Falco exposes himself to a tangle of upper-class secrets and powerful elements in Rome’s legal hierarchy that may have unintended—if not fatal—consequences.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cheerful and informal cynicism in a solemnly detailed classical setting.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Imagine what would happen if Law & Order merged with a toga party in Animal House and you have Davis’ latest. Her skill comes from a unique ability to merge history, mystery, and humor. She keeps you guessing, while you’re laughing at the sharp dialogue in this entertaining detective story.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Davis’ stellar historical, the fifteenth entry in this witty and learned series…gives Davis the opportunity to explore the vagaries of Roman law, which she approaches with her usual mix of respect and sarcasm…Wry, cynical, and principled, Falco makes the perfect guide to Davis’ vividly realized ancient Rome.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Falco is back, cheeky as ever, this time matching his wits against two sleek lawyers…Of course, Falco uncovers the truth, though just barely; the ending is a surprise and surprisingly affecting…Topnotch work in a topnotch series.”

    Library Journal

  • “Falco is a personable hero, and the stories are always suspenseful and surprising. Also, Davis knows how to stage a mystery against a historical backdrop without overwhelming us with information…[and] continues to mix its history and its mystery in a pleasing blend.”

    Booklist

  • “Davis’ sprightly narrative focuses on customs, history, and details of the Metellus and Falco households and takes its time unraveling the mystery”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 2/7/2014

    " Very good mystery - lots of twists and turns - but all very plausable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alora | 2/5/2014

    " I really like this series and I look forward to the next. I recommend you start at the beginning because you get to know the main character from the start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roshni | 12/18/2013

    " Fantastic book about ancient Roman politics and judicial system. The main character has a wry sense of humor and a cynical view of the world, which make the book very enjoyable. Overall, the book was very satisfying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bibimus | 12/17/2013

    " I found this was quite hard to get through, it meandered through the story and was never going to finish. This is unusual as I generally like the Falco books. The lawyers were annoying, and contributed to the dullness of the whole book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/7/2013

    " Very talky mystery set in ancient Rome. Relatively well written with good historic detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Burns | 12/3/2013

    " I love this series. It makes Rome in the first century come alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 11/28/2013

    " Marcus and his cohort gumshoes are drawn into a prominent family's complicated problems. Irreverent, seedy and everyday ancient Rome and its judicial system star. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 11/26/2013

    " I think I would have liked this better if I'd read earlier books in the series. Between coming in late and knowing next to nothing about the time period, I spent a lot of time pretty much lost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Millin | 11/26/2013

    " Another excellent story in the series - they never let me down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zen Cho | 11/26/2013

    " Pretty good, though it took me a while to get into it. Enjoyed the half-remembered Roman law. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 7/23/2013

    " This wasn't one of my favorite Falco mysteries. It didn't seem as funny as some of the others, and I guess I'm not as interested in the details of the legal system. It was good, but not my favorite Falco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rissi | 3/31/2013

    " enjoyable Falco mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon Love | 1/29/2013

    " another wry and cynical look at the seamier side of ancient Rome with the excellent detective Falco. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizzie Robinson | 5/12/2012

    " Falco has some testing times in this outing. A good read, but my least favourite of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keeley | 4/11/2012

    " Quite convoluted for a Davis novel. As usual, good for the beach/airport. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra MacKenzie | 1/27/2012

    " Mystery set in ancient Rome featuring Marcus Didius Falco. Always fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Hawes | 10/17/2011

    " The one set in the law courts with the fantastic historical detail and confirmation of what we all knew - with lawyers it has ever been thus. Interesting insights into the use of hemlock also :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirby | 12/6/2010

    " Again, I love the characters Lindsey Davis has created for this series. This time she showed us a bit about law and lawyers in Ancient Rome while entangling us in a suicide/murder mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 9/26/2010

    " I think I would have liked this better if I'd read earlier books in the series. Between coming in late and knowing next to nothing about the time period, I spent a lot of time pretty much lost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 5/12/2010

    " The one set in the law courts with the fantastic historical detail and confirmation of what we all knew - with lawyers it has ever been thus. Interesting insights into the use of hemlock also :D "

  • 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 featuring Marcus Didius Falco. Always fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 1/4/2010

    " I am finding that the high number of characters in addition to the narrator's reading speed are making this story hard to keep up with!

    UPDATE: it got better and the story is a good one, nice twists and turns! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 8/23/2009

    " Marcus and his cohort gumshoes are drawn into a prominent family's complicated problems. Irreverent, seedy and everyday ancient Rome and its judicial system star. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 5/17/2009

    " Very good mystery - lots of twists and turns - but all very plausable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keeley | 10/28/2008

    " Quite convoluted for a Davis novel. As usual, good for the beach/airport. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 8/4/2008

    " Very talky mystery set in ancient Rome. Relatively well written with good historic detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zen | 7/3/2008

    " Pretty good, though it took me a while to get into it. Enjoyed the half-remembered Roman law. "

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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.