©2009 Lindsey Davis; (P)2009 BBC Audio
This book wasn't as good as the first two in the series.I wanted to like it more than I did, because I really enjoyed the first two books.
It dragged a bit. By the time the mystery is solved, it's a bit anticlimactic; I just wanted to finish it up.
Falco's snarkiness was lacking. Only one of the supporting characters, Philadelphian, was particularly interesting.
The narrator did a decent, if unremarkable, job.
Falco goes to Alexandria for vacation with pregnant wife Helena and his two young daughters, and his adopted teenage daughter. What was supposed to be pleasure trip turns into WORK for Falco. He has to solve murders, and the more he finds the dirtier everything gets. But you know Falco and his wonderful wife Helena will work it out. Great series.
I read the Falco books when they first came out - and I was hooked. But over the years they have deteriorated badly. Occasionally, there is a winner (such as Saturnalia), but more and more, they are bogged down in interminable history lessons (and I was a Classics major, so I enjoy historical detail). But when Helena is opening her mouth every 5 lines to deliver 2 pages on a particular esoteric detail, it's just too much. The author also confuses matters by having dozens of characters (suspects) not one of whom is developed. It was a chore listening to this book.
I had read a short story about Marcus Falco in a compendium of Historical Whodunits. I like the character and cast of characters created. This book has long been on my reading list as an excellent "locked door" mystery. It was a good story. Not the best mystery I've read. Two recurring characters of the series appear mid-way through to give character references for suspects. This seemed contrived - just an easy way to give answers where noodling through the problems would have been harder and taken longer. The end result of the average mystery, as opposed to the great story, was OK. Not fully satisfying to me.
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I love books about ancient times told through the eyes of the main character of the story. This books did this for the most part, except the story got lost occassionally in the main character's internal dialouge. Very detailed in descriptions of places and settings. Loved it a lot. Wished it moved faster, though.
This installment has wonderful historical research, a lively plot and subtle character relations. The narrator does it all justice.
An excellent entry to the series about the most delightful Falco! This one has the excitement and danger without a great deal of gory details. I enjoyed it very much!
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