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Saturnalia: (Falco 18)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great entry in this fine series

    In 76 C.E. Roman Emperor Vespasian orders informer Marcus Didius Falco to investigate the murder of nobleman Sextus Gratianus Scaeva. The Emperor is concerned that the homicide is an act of terrorism related to Scaeva's brother-in-law, who has incarcerated Veleda, a Germanic rebel chieftain who was leading an insurgency against the Roman Empire. This she-wolf escaped her captivity while the killing occurred.------------- Though everyone else including the Emperor assumes Veleda killed Scaeva, Falco and his astute wife Helena Justina have some doubts as the timing of her escape is too convenient and had to be helped by an insider. He and Helena investigate how the woman obtained her freedom because they feel that is the path to the culprit at the same time they want to recapture Veleda before someone else who wants her silenced.---------------- As always in this long running Ancient Rome mystery series, Falco and Helena are astute, witty, and fun to observe as they work the homicide in which the ¿media¿ frenzy, the politicians, and the public have already convicted Veleda. Everyone seems to demand that the married sleuths do likewise with one person willing to kill them to emphasize that point. Fans will enjoy the latest whodunit that takes a modern day concept of hanging the most likely suspect before the evidence is fully found and effortlessly brings it into the first century Common Era due mostly to the strong cast especially the lead couple.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2009

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    Another Terrific Falco Read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Usual Davis: great as always!

    For those who love historical crime thrillers, do not hesitate starting those series about greatest detective in Roman times: Marcus Didius Falco and his troupe of investigators (some unwilling!).

    For those who already know the series this installment not only does show a great plot and a historical context, but also a great opportunity to know the most famous festivity of Romans at the time! Not to mention is another great reunion with all those beloved characters!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2007

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    I really enjoyed this wonderful 18th century mystery story and think you will too, especially, if you are a mystery lover like I am! The characters are great and the plot will keep you happily reading along!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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