Alexandria (Marcus Didius Falco Series #19)

Alexandria (Marcus Didius Falco Series #19)

by Lindsey Davis
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Alexandria (Marcus Didius Falco Series #19) by Lindsey Davis

In first century A.D. Rome, during the reign of Vespasian, Marcus Didius Falco works as a private "informer," ferreting out hidden truths and bringing villains to ground. But even informers take vacations with their wives, so Falco and his wife, Helena Justina, with their two young children and others in tow, travel to Alexandria, Egypt. But they aren't there long before Falco finds himself in the midst of nefarious doings — when the Head Librarian of the world-famous library is found dead under suspicious circumstances, in his office with the door locked from inside.

Falco quickly finds himself on the trail for dodgy doings, malfeasance, deadly professional rivalries, more bodies, and the lowest of the low - book thieves! As the bodies continue to pile up, it's up to Falco to untangle this horrible mess before the killer begins to strike closer to home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312650230
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Series: Marcus Didius Falco Series , #19
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 562,846
Product dimensions: 8.54(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.91(d)

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." Her internationally bestselling novels featuring ancient Roman detective Marcus Didius Falco include Venus in Copper, The Iron Hand of Mars, and Nemesis. She is also the author of Rebels and Traitors, set during the English Civil War. Davis is the recipient of the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, the highest accolade for crime writers, as well as the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award and the Authors' Club Best First Novel award.

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Alexandria 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
BibliophileVA More than 1 year ago
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.
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LML-XVI More than 1 year ago
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.
magpieMC More than 1 year ago
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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harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.