The lead character is dumb. She couldn't think her way out of a paper bag. The climax of the story made no sense. I have read some of this authors ..Show More »Falco mysteries and they are much better than this one.
I purchased this as I love the Falco stories. Sadly, this lacks the humor. Perhaps it's because Falco is such a clearly drawn "character" (in more wa..Show More »ys than just one) that a young female just can't compete with him. This isn't a mystery - I knew from the get go who the murderer was, what would be his uh downfall and what the mistaken identity was. I don't recall the Falco stories as being so transparent, but even if they were the stories were just plain fun. In this one, whenever she went to her parents house I'd think "Great, now the story will get more lively" but alas, Falco is not permitted an appearance. The reader was OK....I just miss Falco and the person who reads those books is terrific - just the right amount of dry humor. I think, if you've not read any of Davis' other Roman stories, this would probably work just fine, but for me, I'm just hoping we get to hear from dear old "pa" Falco in the near future.
As Falco fans, it's taken a while to bond with Flavia Albia. This is the first audio book we've listened to. Hearing Flavia's "voice " has made her re..Show More »al. The story was gripping and we engaged with the characters. Jane Collingwood's female voices hit the mark, but the male voices didn't really work. Petronius sounded WRONG .
This is the 4th Flavia Albia book, and we're on the 3rd narrator. I liked Lucy Brown. The second one was fine. I thought they both created a voice for..Show More » Albia. But Sarah Feathers is truly awful. She is stilted, and so hard to listen to that I can't follow the story. Pick ONE (not Sarah Feathers) and stick with her!