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Alexandria (Marcus Didius Falco Series #19)

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Meets expectations for the series.

    Those who have enjoyed this series will definitely like this one. Anyone reading this book who has not read previous ones in the series will become a fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Another Wonderful Falco Mystery

    I love historical mysteries that have been well researched, but my favorites will always be those that include a good deal of comic relief, as all the Falco mysteries do. Once you read any of them, you are tempted to read them all, and reading them from first to last published is a particular treat. I highly recommend them.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2009

    More mayhem in the ancient world: this time in Alexandria.

    The thing I like about Lindsey Davis' writing is that she takes a subject that most people may consider boring (ancient Roman history) and makes it fun. Not only that, but she sneaks in a large dose of legitimate scholarship while doing it. Marcus Didius may not have existed, but he should have.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Entertaining

    A light entertaining book. I enjoy characters that I have become familiar with and Marcus Didius Falco has become one of those.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Nobody describes the Mediterranean region of the Ancient Roman era better than Lindsey Davis consistently does

    In 77 AD Rome, Marcus Didius Falco is an informer, a combination policeman and private eye who sometimes has as his client the Emperor Vespasian. However, it is not on the Emperor's orders that he and his extended family are going to Alexandria. It is because his pregnant wife Helena Justina wants a vacation to see the Lighthouse and the Great Library. He is staying at the home of his Uncle Fulvius and his lover Cassius.

    At dinner they meet the Librarian Thean, a good man who mumbles about disappearances he is helpless to prevent. The next day Thean is found dead in his office with the door locked from the outside. The autopsy proves he ingested poison from the flower leis Fulvius gave to all his guests. Falco is asked to investigate the Librarian's death and he has to deal with the Director of the Museum, who officiates over the Library, Zoo and a few other noted departments. The people in contention to replace the deceased Librarian all have motives and each in addition to the Director is a nasty backstabber, but Falco believes one is literally a backstabber.

    Nobody describes the Mediterranean region of the Ancient Roman era better than Lindsey Davis consistently does; her latest fabulous Falco whodunit brings to meticulous life Alexandria, a thriving city. Falco is at his best as an acerbic cynic suspecting everyone except perhaps Helena who assist him on his inquiry. The investigation is entertaining and cleverly devised so that fans of ancient era mysteries like those of Steven Saylor and John Maddox Roberts will relish Ms. Davis' strong whodunit.

    Harriet Klausner

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