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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,112 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: December 2009 ISBN: 9781482979190
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Sharing a ewer of Spanish red with his old friend and new partner Petronius Longus, Marcus Didius Falco is on the spot when a man cleaning the local fountain makes a gruesome discovery: a human hand that suggests its owner met a terrifying fate. Naturally, Falco and Petro, formerly of the Vigiles, want to seize on it as their first big case. The officials of Rome, however, prefer to hush up the incident, since a population that riots at the drop of a toga might run wild if body parts are polluting their drinking water.

Soon other delicate, dismembered hands are being found in Rome’s two hundred miles of aqueduct. Falco and his partner suspect a serial killer is at large, linked to public festivals, and likely to strike again at the upcoming Roman Games. Even a detective as astute as Falco may not spot a twisted mind in a crowd of 250,000. And if Falco loses this race with time, another pretty victim will make a deadly splash.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bizarre, funny, and satisfying.”

    Irish Times (Dublin)

  • “Uniquely entertaining.”

    Time Out

  • “Once again, Davis weaves an intricate, irreverent plot filled with wittily imagined characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fans of the Falco series won’t be disappointed. Those new to the series are sure to be hooked.”

    AudioFile

  • “Filled with scintillating suspense, laugh-out-loud humor, devilishly clever plotting, and a cast of wonderfully eccentric characters…[this novel] is among the best.”

    Booklist

  • “Davis vividly describes life during the period, but the story is never overwhelmed by historical detail…A riveting, suspenseful, witty read with lots of historical flavor.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The evocation of ancient Rome almost street by street should prove a treasure to readers interested in the era.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Macinnis | 2/15/2014

    " An excellent romp, set in Vespasian's time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra aka Sleo | 1/10/2014

    " Typical Lindsey Davis. A murder mystery in Rome with delightful characters, good suspense. All in all good tale telling. The narrator is excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 1/6/2014

    " petronius' short lived partnership with falco, serial killer that only strikes during the games and cornella flaccida (what's in a name) head of a disreputable family! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Waldburger Mathe | 12/22/2013

    " I love touring around ancient Rome and Falco cracks me up. This was a lot of fun. "

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

    " Love these books! Great fun :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/17/2013

    " Even better than the last one. This time Falco teams up with his friend Petronius to catch a serial killer. Nothing extraneous, perfectly timed dialogue, great characterizations, and the writing is so assured. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Johnson | 11/28/2013

    " My favourite Lindsey Davis book ). I have re-read this many times. Just the perfect blend of comedy, mystery, tension, family drama with the history of the period so effectively portrayed, un-romanticized. As if you were really there. Falco at his best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elza | 11/18/2013

    " A detective (informer)set in Ancient Rome. Great protagonist and supporting characters. Very enjoyable light reading. I like a thriller or detective now and then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/29/2013

    " Davis admirably succeeds in her effort at a serial killer plot - low on gore and high on clever detective work. Falco and his family are always a delight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 11/19/2012

    " Falco needs to save the day again, and he does it in superb fashion. I particularly like the twist at the end. Davis kept me guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 11/16/2012

    " This one has a definitely different flavor than the other books in the Falco series. Rather than political or familial intrigues, it has actual motiveless murder in it! I like this one slightly more than the others, but only because I enjoy a good serial killer mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzie Robinson | 6/20/2012

    " Well the boys are working together at last, I knew that woman would be Petro's downfall! Well this investigation is quite a ride. I was quite exhausted by the end of the book, such was the frenetic pace of the latter chapters. Another exceptional read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 4/19/2012

    " Audio (downloadable eBook) - read by Christian Rodska (British accent) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthiaj | 3/7/2012

    " Marcus Didius takes on Petro as a partner then tackles trying to catch a serial murderer. What a life for a recently returned to Rome informer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henry | 11/20/2011

    " A great book. I really enjoyed the mystery in this one, and the aqueduct info was really interesting. A solid 4. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 8/20/2011

    " Extremely interesting premise, and considerably more tension and mystery than some of the other novels; the gruesome idea of human parts being found in waterways certain adds to the excitement. Definitely not a dull read, with plenty of action that fans should enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 6/7/2011

    " It was a very interesting read but I felt the answer to the mystery was rushed into the last few pages with a character that hadn't been developed very well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 3/16/2011

    " It started off slow but the pace picked up and the ending was great "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabell | 2/21/2011

    " Both the story and the narration were OK. Nothing special, but not too bad, either. The narrator was quite stiff and my mom commented that he sounded as though he was reading the news, with which she is probably right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthiaj | 9/28/2010

    " I thought this one was a bit fractious although I liked Marcus having to return to Briton since he enjoys it so much. I guess I am used to mystery authors tying all the killings up together and Davis didn't feel constrained to do that in this book. Good for her, but.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 4/7/2010

    " The one at Fishbourne Palace with the dodgy workmen and the irritating nanny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra | 3/8/2010

    " Mystery set in ancient Rome. Good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/21/2009

    " A good story but Petro showing up in the end with Maia's children was a little too contrived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 6/22/2009

    " TYpical Davis sense of humour. Enjoyable, although perhaps not the best, as the plot is thinner than others in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 3/21/2009

    " A different story, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Marcus Didios is a investigator/assassin for the Roman Emporor. He was sent to Britain, and he took his family. He was to investigate the building of a palace. It was witty and funny and I would read another in the series "

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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.