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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: December 2016 ISBN: 9781504748391
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Marcus Didius Falco is about to get involved in a nasty noir crime, involving gangsters, gladiators, and romance.

For Falco, a relaxed visit to his wife Helena’s relatives in Britain suddenly turns serious. He and his family are staying in London when Falco is summoned to the scene of a murder. The victim, Verovolcus, was a renegade with ties to Roman crime magnates operating in London, but he was also close to King Togidubnus. So when he is discovered dead, stuffed headfirst down a well, a tricky diplomatic situation develops that Falco must defuse.

His investigation leads him into the seedy underbelly of London. There is a newly built amphitheater in town, one with female gladiators, but Falco soon realizes that the initially troublesome gladiators—including one from his own bachelor past—may just give him the edge he needs to solve Verovolcus’ murder as the gangsters are pursued back to the Italian town of Ostia for a final showdown.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Against this richly textured backdrop is played out a story of low-down greed and grubby deals, of backhanders and protection rackets, that pulls the trick of feeling modern, exciting, and plausible.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Lindsey Davis combines an engrossing plot with pithy dialogue and a comic (though not cartoonish) depiction of the past in all its gory splendor.”

    Guardian (London)

  • The Jupiter Myth continues this highly popular series that expertly blends Roman history with modern black comedy and even a taste of 1920s Chicago-style gangsters. This is a finely crafted mystery and a fun read.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Davis’ witty, wonderful, award-winning series provides a richly detailed glimpse of the ancient world. It also showcases truly first-rate mystery stories.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “[A] clever, witty adventure starring the suave Marcus Didius Falco…Davis skillfully braids references to Britain’s future into her story of its past without ever diminishing the thrust of Falco’s adventures. And what adventures!…This thoroughly entertaining addition can only burnish the luster of this fine series.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Roman auditor Marcus Didius Falco…must sort out a politically sensitive murder when he’d rather be planning his family’s return to Rome…Primitive Londinium’s mean streets provide a salutatory new venue for Davis.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Sunday Times (London) Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Huw | 12/11/2013

    " A return to form for Lynsey Davis. MDFalco and his sidekicks are back in Britain resurrecting the unpleasant memories of his previous trips. the book centres around the Romanisation of Britannia and the conflicts that it presents all involved. How much acceptance of hegemony is real, how much is lip service and how much is hidden beneath the stucco and mosaics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 12/1/2013

    " A real good mystery -= good historical information - a real page turner at the end "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 12/1/2013

    " This could be a mediocre situation comedy set in AD 75, Roman controlled Britain. Characters are pleasant, plot practically non-existant, dialogue hopelessly modern. Don't read this as historical fiction. Don't read this as a mystery. Don't read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 11/22/2013

    " Another inventive and well written story. Really enjoying these novels and wondering why it's taken me so long to discover them. Christian Rodska narrates very well and to me is becoming Falco. "

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

    " I love this whole series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthiaj | 10/26/2013

    " Absolutely great story. Although I feel for Marcus and Helena as they seem to be trapped in Britania. Maybe Davis will let them come home to Rome in the next one. I will anxiously await... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzie | 10/8/2013

    " This is my favourite book of the whole series as it sets up some interesting story lines for the future whilst very satisfactorily concluding others. It also gives us a tantalising glimpse in to Falco's previous relationships. Watch out for the bumble bee scene, it is just so cute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirby | 6/1/2013

    " I always love Falco. Trouble seems to catch up to him no matter where he goes and what he does to avoid it. In this Davis novel she teaches us about the uncivilized land now known now as London, and its Roman administration and history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roshni | 5/6/2013

    " Great book. The ancient Roman theme makes a nice addition. The complex plot and likeable characters make this book well worth the read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 1/2/2013

    " One of my favorites from the Falco series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 11/8/2012

    " c2002: FWFTB: downtown, murder, well, gangsters, Londinium. Back to form again. Another brilliant set piece with the arena show down and a lot more emotional connections. Loved this particular one. The normal characters all make a showing with a new one thrown in for luck. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverley | 10/18/2012

    " Marcus - What a guy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 3/12/2012

    " When it comes to Marcus Didius Falco, I don't have much to say in the negative. A detective series set in Rome with sharp dialogue? I can't ask for more; other than Lindsey Davis to just keep on writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 11/10/2011

    " I have read this whole series. I love anything ancient Rome. It is fun mystery series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 10/9/2011

    " The one in Londinium with the tribal chieftain stuck down a well, the re-appearance of Falco's ex and in which we realise London has not much changed over the years.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 5/4/2011

    " This could be a mediocre situation comedy set in AD 75, Roman controlled Britain. Characters are pleasant, plot practically non-existant, dialogue hopelessly modern. Don't read this as historical fiction. Don't read this as a mystery. Don't read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthiaj | 10/20/2010

    " Absolutely great story. Although I feel for Marcus and Helena as they seem to be trapped in Britania. Maybe Davis will let them come home to Rome in the next one. I will anxiously await... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 5/13/2010

    " The one in Londinium with the tribal chieftain stuck down a well, the re-appearance of Falco's ex and in which we realise London has not much changed over the years.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 8/24/2009

    " When it comes to Marcus Didius Falco, I don't have much to say in the negative. A detective series set in Rome with sharp dialogue? I can't ask for more; other than Lindsey Davis to just keep on writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 5/7/2009

    " A real good mystery -= good historical information - a real page turner at the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 10/23/2008

    " I have read this whole series. I love anything ancient Rome. It is fun mystery series. "

About the Author

Author Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis is an English novelist of historical fiction and best known for her award-winning historical crime stories set in ancient Rome and its empire, the acclaimed Marcus Didius Falco series and the Flavia Albia series. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award and in 2011 the 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.