Search Results: "Lindsey Davis"


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THE IDES OF APRIL by Lindsey Davis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 11, 2013

"The whodunit unfolds slowly, but Flavia demonstrates appealing wit and grit."
A second-generation Roman sleuth who lives by her wits needs all of them to solve a string of killings that strike too close to home. Read full book review >

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THE THIRD NERO by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"The Roman sleuth's fifth case rambles in its opening chapters, running mostly on the charm of its heroine, until the plot settles into a murder probe."
While tending her injured husband, tireless Roman "informer" Flavia Albia (The Graveyard of the Hesperides, 2016, etc.) comes to the emperor's aid in exposing a pretender to the throne. Or is he? Read full book review >

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LAST ACT IN PALMYRA by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 1996

"For others: a long, dull journey."
It's a.d. 72 and once again detective-informer Marcus Didius Falco (The Iron Hand of Mars, 1993, etc.) undertakes a mission— this time for Emperor Vespasian's spymaster Anacrites—to gather information on the land of Nabatea, which Rome has ideas of annexing. Read full book review >

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ENEMIES AT HOME by Lindsey Davis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 2014

"As the heroine become more fully fleshed, her challenges become more and more interesting."
In first-century Rome, the latest case for Flavia Albia—the daughter of veteran investigator Marcus Didius Falco who's followed him into the family business (The Ides of April, 2013)—threatens to send her into an early retirement. Read full book review >

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THE ACCUSERS by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2004

"As usual, Davis's sprightly narrative focuses on customs, history, and details of the Metellus and Falco households and takes its time unraveling the mystery."
Fifteenth adventure for the inimitable Roman shamus (official job title: informant) Marcus Didius Falco. Read full book review >

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THE JUPITER MYTH by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2003

"Primitive Londinium's mean streets provide a salutatory new venue for Davis, even for readers who may not dote on Falco's extended family as much as his author does."
Roman auditor Marcus Didius Falco (A Body in the Bathhouse, 2002, etc.) visits the bustling metropolis of London in its ancient version: muddy, provincial Londinium, a.d. 75. Read full book review >

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ALEXANDRIA by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2009

"Like watching a slideshow of vacation photos narrated by your most pompous relative—predictable, condescending and clichéd."
The 19th adventure of Marcus Didius Falco, the Roman imperial agent and informer (Saturnalia, 2007, etc.), takes him to Alexandria in 77 CE. Read full book review >

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SATURNALIA by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 2007

"The latest entry in Davis's long-running series (See Delphi and Die, 2006, etc.) boasts a straightforward mystery along with her usual double helping of historical detail."
The festival of Saturnalia, a December holiday of license and merriment for all classes, proves a ticklish time to hunt down a killer. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVEYARD OF THE HESPERIDES by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Davis' fourth case for her heroine (Deadly Election, 2015, etc.) is long on drollery, unpacking its tricky murder puzzle piecemeal."
An ancient Roman sleuth balances a tricky murder investigation with the new challenges of her approaching nuptials. Read full book review >

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ONE VIRGIN TOO MANY by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2000

"Davis makes a ritual sacrifice of Falco's cynicism, as he protects the weak and tweaks the privileged in an anachronistic triumph of middle-class family values over that old-time religion."
In Davis's Marcus Didius Falco series (Two for the Lions, 1999, etc.), the vision of a wisecracking hard-boiled detective skulking around Ancient Rome in a disreputable tunic either charms or irritates. Read full book review >

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TWO FOR THE LIONS by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 1999

"The overextended plot and glut of characters ensure that this one is only for readers with a passion for the period."
Once again it's fun and games in first-century Rome with onetime informer Marcus Didius Falco (Three Hands in the Fountain, p. 256, etc.), now appointed by Emperor Vespasian as tax auditor for the Census, in partnership with scorned but useful ex-spy Anacrites. Read full book review >

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ODE TO A BANKER by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2001

"From the body in the library to the final gathering of suspects, Davis pays tribute to Agatha Christie, who did it first and better two thousand years later."
In his Marcus Didius Falco's 13th outing (One Virgin Too Many, 2000, etc.), something untoward happens to his toga again—not to mention what happens to Greek banker and literary patron Aurelius Chrysippus when someone jams a scroll rod up his nose and batters him to death in his library. Read full book review >