Falco finds out that Sosia, the niece of a highly placed senator, holds the secret to a stockpile of silver pigs, ingots intended for no good use. Hoping for future favors from Sosia's powerful uncle, Falco embarks on an intricate case of smuggling, murder, and treason that reaches into the palace itself. And if he does not tread lightly, the treacherous puzzle of the silver pigs could buy him a one-way ticket to his own funeral pyre.
©1989 Lindsey Davis; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
Christian Rodska brings our hero to life! I read the book first, then listened to the audio version...then I bought it. There are no dull points and the writing is terrific. Lindsey Davis has a wonderful gift of wit. The descriptions and dialogue stand alone as written, but the impact is magnified by Christian Rodska's vocal skills and expressions.
Anything by Lindsey Davis... I strongly recommend you just stay on this series until you can't laugh any more.
Falco astride the boat and the pier and Helena reluctantly helping him only to learn to her chagrin that he can't swim.
Probably what I wrote in the title or words to that effect. I describe the book to friends as Magnum/Rockford in ancient Rome. The sarcasm, lack of funds, bad luck with women... it all fits perfectly. OK, maybe "Rockford in Rome".
Classical history buff, but find most of history fascinating. Love books, ballet, and basketball.
I generally enjoy novels--mysteries or not--set in the classical world, and am a huge fan of the Roman sleuths created by Steven Saylor, John Maddox Roberts, and Ruth Downie. But for some reason I really dislike the characters in this series, and the attempts at what I guess could be called "wry wit" don't resonate with me.
I read "Silver Pigs" when it first came out--and I believe this first book in the series predates the three series I do like--and I didn't care for it then. Decided to try the audio version because it was on sale and because I like Christian Rodska (if you haven't heard him "channel" Winston Churchill in the latter's WWII histories, you're missing something). Rodska's Cockney version of hero and narrator Didius Falco is well conceived and sort of fun. But I just don't like this book. Still not sure why, and it doesn't mean you won't.
A mystery in Roman times! This was a fantastic listen, with a lively narration that brought the characters to life. If you like the Amelia Peabody egyptian mysteries, I reckon you'd like this series too.
And I do love good mysteries. Lindsey Davis knows how to run time line and make characters so enjoyable. (I think Falco is great) I wasn't sure if this was the first book in the series, not all books on Audiable are numbered. What I do now is go to the authors site and check out the series sequence. I've already listened to two others in the series, "Body in the Bath House" and "See Delphi and Die". Each book gets better in this series. Can't wait to read more. If you enjoy good mystery and historical novels you won't be disappointed.
I thought this title would prove to be entertaining but I was wrong. The narration drones on and there is not enough mystery for a tale from this period in time.
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