Last Act in Palmyra (Marcus Didius Falco Series #6)by Lindsey Davis
It's AD 72 Rome, and Emperor Vesparian refuses to elevate sometime sleuth Marcus Didius Falco to the middle rank. Yet hope springs eternal, so when Vespasian's chief spy offers Falco an assignment in the East, he jumps at the chance. But his new assignment soon becomes a nightmare when he finds the corpse of a Roman playwright in a sacred pool. To ferret out the murderer, Falco joins the traveling theater group.
Falco's mind-set here is 20th-century wiseguy, a concept, riddled with leaden irony and jokey asides, that rapidly palls. Scholars of the period and of theater history may be fascinated by the lengthily detailed and no doubt impeccably researched accounts of touring companies, towns, and countryside. For others: a long, dull journey.
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Lindsey Davis (b. 1949) is an English author of historical fiction best known for her Falco series of crime novels set in ancient Rome and its empire. The series launched with the book The Silver Pigs, featuring Marcus Didius Falco, while Falco’s daughter, Flavia Albia, figures in her own mystery series that began with The Ides of April. Davis is also the author of the acclaimed historical novel The Course of Honour and other books. She lives in Birmingham, UK.
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