See Delphi and Die (Marcus Didius Falco Series #17)

See Delphi and Die (Marcus Didius Falco Series #17)

by Lindsey Davis
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See Delphi and Die (Marcus Didius Falco Series #17) by Lindsey Davis

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


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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312357757
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/28/2007
Series: Marcus Didius Falco Series , #17
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.27(w) x 6.67(h) x 1.04(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,Nemesis and Alexandria. 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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See Delphi and Die 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 76 A.D. widower Caesius Secundus hires informer Marcus Didius Falco to investigate the unsolved murder of his beloved daughter Marcella Caesius. She vanished while attending the 213th Olympic competition three years ago before her corpse was finally found. Officials assume the cold case will never be solved. --- With the Olympic Games starting soon, Falco figures that is the best place to learn who abducted Marcella so he arranges a trip to Greece to attend the gala and begin his investigation. He takes his wife Helena with him, but leaves their young daughters (Julia and Favonia) with their grandmother Falco also recruits his nephews Gaius and Cornelius, Albia the Brit, and Young Glaucus son of a trainer. Falco quickly learns that another young woman, Valeria Ventidia, violently died on a sightseeing expedition sponsored by the same party that Marcella went with, Seven Sights Travel. So he joins their tour as he thinks let the games begin. --- The seventeenth Falco Ancient Rome (and now Greece) investigation is a terrific entry that uses the case to provide readers an incredible tour (Olympia is the fifth stop). Long time fans will appreciate the clever hero who still get distracted too easily and his brilliant wife who insures they stay focused. The inquiry turns personal when suddenly Gaius and Cornelius vanish in this wonderful whodunit that is part mystery and part historical novel and all entertainment with quite a final twist. --- Harriet Klausner
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I love this series and this author. Lots of new twists. It was fun to read and I recommend it.
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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.
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uxormaterque More than 1 year ago
This is a fun read if you like "whodunnits". The reader travels quickly and easily through well known ancient Roman and Greek sites while trying to solve a murder mystery. What could be more fun?