Three Hands in the Fountain: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery Audiobook | Lindsey Davis | Audible.com
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Three Hands in the Fountain: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery | [Lindsey Davis]

Three Hands in the Fountain: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery

Marcus Didius Falco and his laddish friend Petronius find their local fountain has been blocked - by a gruesomely severed human hand. Soon other body parts are being found in the aqueducts and sewers. Public panic overcomes official indifference, and the Aventine partners are commissioned to investigate. Women are being abducted during festivals, and the next Games are only days away.
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Marcus Didius Falco and his laddish friend Petronius find their local fountain has been blocked - by a gruesomely severed human hand. Soon other body parts are being found in the aqueducts and sewers.

Public panic overcomes official indifference, and the Aventine partners are commissioned to investigate. Women are being abducted during festivals, and the next Games are only days away. As the heat rises in the Circus Maximus, they face a race against time and a strong test of their friendship. And they know that the sadistic killer lurks somewhere on the festive streets of Rome - preparing to strike again.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears: listen to more Marcus Didius Falco mysteries.

©1996 Lindsey Davis; (P)2009 BBC Audio

What the Critics Say

"As readers follow the sometimes hilarious antics of Falco and Petronius (who are talented sleuths despite moments of buffoonery), they'll feel as if they've been transported back to the first century A.D., so realistic are the historical details in Davis' book, the tenth in this celebrated series. Filled with scintillating suspense, laugh-out-loud humor, devilishly clever plotting, and a cast of wonderfully eccentric characters, number 10 is among the best." (Booklist)

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    David Houston, TX, United States 11-21-12
    David Houston, TX, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving. Love the reviews.

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    "Falco is reliably enjoyable listening"

    LIght hearted detective fare with a twist. These books are a great, well researched glimpse into the day to day life of a Rome which we usually view only through political or military glasses. The plotting is very tight and the characters grow on you as you move from book to book. Recommended for anyone who loves being set down in a fascinating historical milieu and knocking around for a while while unraveling a juicy murder mystery.

    The narration by Christian Rodke is consistently excellent and adds a good deal to the charm of these books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Laguna Woods, CA, United States 09-03-11
    Sandy Laguna Woods, CA, United States 09-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "3 Hands in the Fountain"

    This is a delightful book and a delightful series, for anyone who likes the Ancient Rome setting for mystery novels. Christian Rodska is an amazing narrator. He can make many different regional accents so I don't have any trouble telling the characters apart. Lindsay Davis writes about Marcus Didius Falco, P.I. (Public Informer), who is married to the daughter of a senator. Davis' descriptions are entertaining and informative, and the portrayals of family life in Ancient Rome are unique in the genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Memphis, TN, USA 02-09-10
    Kathleen Memphis, TN, USA 02-09-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Wicked wit"

    This is the seventh Falco novel I've listened to and although I've enjoyed them all immensely, this one was by far my favorite! It had the best plot of the ones I've listend to and Rodska positively nails Falco's wicked wit. An absolute delight from start to finish! (I don't even bother with the ones that aren't narrated by Rodska because who else could possibly be Falco? Maybe I'll just read those instead.)

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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 02-05-10
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 02-05-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful"

    Funny, satirical, amusing as Hades! Just what you would expect from Falco!! This was unusual that it was a serial killer but thankfully short on gory details. Excellent mystery, compelling characters, all brought to an exciting end. The narration was a delight!!

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    Madena Detroit, Michigan, United States 10-22-12
    Madena Detroit, Michigan, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2012

    My name is Madena Williams, I'm an author of nonfiction publications. I write mostly inspirational advice that will impact people's lives.

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    "Kind of Weak"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The thing I would change is how the story starts. It took too long to understand what the actual plot was building up to be. I didn't get interested until the 5th disc of my CD (I downloaded it to listen to it in my car).


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't have taken a long time to build up the characters, nor what they do for a living. There was too much time taken in discribing the people, the town, what they did, and not enough time in exploring the actual events that is causing the deaths of the females. I would have changed the story to make it very interesting from the beginning, and not in the middle of the story.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rodska’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but I would like to hear other good books he has narrated. He was good, but not the book.


    Do you think Three Hands in the Fountain needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think no, but if you do, then it needs to be of a better quailty in the story line, and by all means please catch the reader's attention at the beginning of the story. Once you catch the readers attention, keep it through the whole story.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that was marvelous about the book was the reader Christian Rodska. He is very talented in the voices he choses for the characters, and I really think it was he who made me stay to the end.

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    Amazon Customer Prescott, AZ, United States 08-28-12
    Amazon Customer Prescott, AZ, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Very good performance, but at times it was hard to keep the characters straight because of the unfamiliary names


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    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 07-06-12
    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Skip this one"

    This book might not be worth the listen even if you are an avid early Romans fan. The thought of body parts in the centeral source of drinking water is pretty nasty. The adventures through Rome and surrounding country side are OK but nothing that we haven't heard before. I just think the credit could be better spent.

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    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 12-10-11
    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2008

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    "One of the Best Falco Mysteries"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. I like Christian Rodska as a narrator and I think his voice is one of the best in the series. I prefer the mysteries that take place in Rome rather than abroad and this is one of the best in Rome. The mystery itself is quite exciting with body parts showing up all over. Interesting stake outs and lures to attempt to catch the murderer who is very unobtrusive. It took real detective work to solve it and was a real cliff hanger. Along with Silver Pigs this is one of my favorites.

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 10-29-11
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 10-29-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Each book in the series gets better"

    Falco, his wife and family are amazing. the characters have grown since the start and the development has been getting better. There is humor and brutality, but the mysteries, always keep me intrigued. I enjoy historical novels and this series very much.

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 10-29-11
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    "Each book in the series gets better"

    Falco, his wife and family are amazing. the characters have grown since the start and the development has been getting better. There is humor and brutality, but the mysteries, always keep me intrigued. I enjoy historical novels and this series very much.

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