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
"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)
Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
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.
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.
75 yr old MWF. I like historical novels with more history than story. Audiobooks shouldn't have too many characters.
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.
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.)
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!!
I've been reading (listening) my way through the M. Didius series and this is far and away the best one so far. I'm a sucker for serial killer thrillers and Davis wrote this one to perfection; I was on tenterhooks at the conclusion. My Roman scholarly history ended with high school Latin, but one can assume the historical accuracy of Roman knowledge of abnormal psychology and their ability to hunt down a serial killer is overstated for entertainment purposes.
This is the first book that's not narrated by Simon Pebble and I'm so disappointed this is the only one!! Mr Pebble does a fine job, but I loved the different voices and accents used here. Falco is a poor man running in both aristocratic and uneducated circles; I found the coarser accents really brought the setting to life.
Suspend your disbelief and get ready to learn about the water supply of ancient Rome!
Christian Rodska should be the only narrator for the Didius Falco series. I can't/won't buy any Didius book with another narrator. The voice of another narrator is like nails on the chalkboard.
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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).
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.
No I haven't, but I would like to hear other good books he has narrated. He was good, but not the book.
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.
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.
Very good performance, but at times it was hard to keep the characters straight because of the unfamiliary names
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