Search Results: "Lindsey Davis"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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A BODY IN THE BATHHOUSE by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"Old fans and unhappy owners of remodeled homes will enjoy this excursion; others may send Falco a change order."
That cynical gum-sandal and paterfamilias with a heart of gold, Marcus Didius Falco (Ode to a Banker, 2001, etc.) travels to a cold and uncivilized outpost of the Empire—Britain—to take on an audit job for the Emperor, who is financing a new palace for the Togidubnus, king of the British barbarians. Read full book review >

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VENUS IN COPPER by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

Beatings by the Emperor Vespasian's flunkies; imprisoning on sundry trumped-up charges; surviving the collapse of his new building; tangling with killers, swindlers, and landlords; crossing swords and hearts with Helena Justina, the senator's daughter—in other words, business as usual for Marcus Didius Falco (Silver Pigs, Shadows in Bronze), sometime informer for the emperor, who's hired by the relatives of freedman/real-estate mogul Hortensius Novus to dig up enough dirt to discredit his oft-widowed fiancÇe, Severina Zotica, before she can marry and bury him. 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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DEADLY ELECTION by Lindsey Davis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2015

"Flavia's third case (Enemies at Home, 2014, etc.) benefits from the heroine's combination of archness and vulnerability and the author's deep knowledge of the period."
In ancient Rome, elections can be murder. 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 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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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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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 >