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See Delphi and Die (Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries)

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ISBN13: 9780312357757
ISBN10: 0312357753
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The ancient Roman world comes vividly to life with this latest novel in Lindsey Davis's wildly entertaining, award-winning series.

 

WHAT THE ORCALE KNOWS COULD KILL THEM...

 

It's A.D. 76 during the reign of Vespasian, and Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman "informer," has achieved much in his life. He's joined the equestrian rank, allowing him to marry Helena Justina, the Senator's beloved daughter. But now he's just been hired to undergo a dangerous mission: to pry his brother-in-law Aulus, a scholar on the way to study in Athens, away from a murder investigation involving two dead women at the ancient site of the Olympic Games. Traveling to Greece under the guise of being tourists, Falco and Helena visit the country's classic sites in order to investigate the suspicious goings-on and shady dealings of Seven Sights, a fly-by-night travel agency. What begins as a risky expedition becomes sinister when Aulus, too, goes missing in what becomes Falco's most complex and high-stakes case yet.

 

 

"Davis has mastered the art of ...blending humor with history."--Philadelphia Inquirer

 

"Elegant and intelligent...A bittersweet solution that's a tribute to the complexity and depth of this series."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Its A.D. 76 during the reign of Vespasian, and Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman “informer,” has achieved much in his life. Hes joined the equestrian rank, allowing him to marry Helena Justina, the Senators beloved daughter. But now hes just been hired to undergo a dangerous mission: to pry his brother-in-law Aulus, a scholar on the way to study in Athens, away from a murder investigation involving two dead women at the ancient site of the Olympic Games. Traveling to Greece under the guise of being tourists, Falco and Helena visit the countrys classic sites in order to investigate the suspicious goings-on and shady dealings of Seven Sights, a fly-by-night travel agency. What begins as a risky expedition becomes sinister when Aulus, too, goes missing.
 
Lindsey Davis' See Delphi and Die is Falcos most complex and high-stakes case yet.

Synopsis:

It's A.D. 76 during the reign of Vespasian, and Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman "informer," has achieved much in his life. He's joined the equestrian rank, allowing him to marry Helena Justina, the Senator's beloved daughter. But now he's just been hired to undergo a dangerous mission: to pry his brother-in-law Aulus, a scholar on the way to study in Athens, away from a murder investigation involving two dead women at the ancient site of the Olympic Games. Traveling to Greece under the guise of being tourists, Falco and Helena visit the country's classic sites in order to investigate the suspicious goings-on and shady dealings of Seven Sights, a fly-by-night travel agency. What begins as a risky expedition becomes sinister when Aulus, too, goes missing in what becomes Falco's most complex and high-stakes case yet.

About the Author

LINDSEY DAVIS was born and raised in Birmingham, England. After taking an English degree at Oxford and working for the civil service for thirteen years, she "ran away to be a writer." More than a dozen books later, her internationally bestselling novels featuring Marcus Didius Falco have earned her the Crime Writers' Association Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award. For more information, please visit: www.lindseydavis.co.uk.

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Edward Hahn, July 21, 2014 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
I really struggled to stay interested in this story. I have usually enjoyed Lindsay Davis' Marcus Didius Falco books but this one just did not grab me. Perhaps since this is #17 in the series, Davis has lost some of her own freshness.

In this book, Davis takes the opportunity to make fun of the travel industry, though I seriously doubt there was one in Falco's time. Falco's wife, Helena Justina, has a somewhat egotistical brother who is off to Athens to study law and is doing some touring under the auspices of a fly-by-night travel firm. While traveling to Athens, he gets involved in the suspicious battering death, in the city of Olympia, of a young woman, recently married and on a honeymoon travel tour. Aulus and the groom, whom he befriends, try to solve the crime arousing his mother's suspicion that he will never make it to Athens. Pressured by his mother-in-law and because Helena Justina has always wanted to visit Greece, Marcus and an entire entourage of two unruly infants, two trouble seeking nephews, their teenage foster daughter, and the son of Marcus’ personal trainer, head out across the Aegean Sea.

The Falco entourage meets up with the tourist group at Olympia where they have been held because of the tragedy. The rest of the story documents Falco doing his "informer" thing trying to figure out who the murderer is as the group moves to other sites in Greece. True to his nature he puts himself in dangerous situations and leans on his wife when he gets stuck. He does eventually solve the original crime plus an earlier murder at Olympia, a murder made to look like an accident and the slaying of the groom.

So what's the problem? The mystery of who did it is not much of a mystery. There's too much exposition and too little action. The sub-plots are uninteresting. Lastly, some of the characters are more stereotypes than real.

No one can fault Davis' research and the description of the Greek tourist sites, particularly Delphi, are entertaining and educational. I just found myself wishing the story would move more quickly to its inevitable climax. I will continue to read other books in the series hoping they are more interesting than this one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312357757
Author:
Davis, Lindsey
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries
Series Volume:
No. 17 of 20
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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Its A.D. 76 during the reign of Vespasian, and Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman “informer,” has achieved much in his life. Hes joined the equestrian rank, allowing him to marry Helena Justina, the Senators beloved daughter. But now hes just been hired to undergo a dangerous mission: to pry his brother-in-law Aulus, a scholar on the way to study in Athens, away from a murder investigation involving two dead women at the ancient site of the Olympic Games. Traveling to Greece under the guise of being tourists, Falco and Helena visit the countrys classic sites in order to investigate the suspicious goings-on and shady dealings of Seven Sights, a fly-by-night travel agency. What begins as a risky expedition becomes sinister when Aulus, too, goes missing.
 
Lindsey Davis' See Delphi and Die is Falcos most complex and high-stakes case yet.
"Synopsis" by ,
It's A.D. 76 during the reign of Vespasian, and Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman "informer," has achieved much in his life. He's joined the equestrian rank, allowing him to marry Helena Justina, the Senator's beloved daughter. But now he's just been hired to undergo a dangerous mission: to pry his brother-in-law Aulus, a scholar on the way to study in Athens, away from a murder investigation involving two dead women at the ancient site of the Olympic Games. Traveling to Greece under the guise of being tourists, Falco and Helena visit the country's classic sites in order to investigate the suspicious goings-on and shady dealings of Seven Sights, a fly-by-night travel agency. What begins as a risky expedition becomes sinister when Aulus, too, goes missing in what becomes Falco's most complex and high-stakes case yet.
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