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Publisher's Summary

In first century A.D. Rome, Marcus Didius Falco works as a private "informer," ferreting out hidden truths and bringing villains to ground. But even informers take vacations, so in A.D. 77, Falco and his wife Helena Justina travel to Alexandria, Egypt. Before long the Librarian of the great library is found dead and Falco quickly finds himself on the trail of dodgy doings, malfeasance, and the lowest of the low - book thieves! As the bodies pile up, it's up to Falco to untangle this horrible mess and restore order.
©2009 Lindsey Davis (P)2009 BBC Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Eva Gannon on 06-27-09

A Bit Disappointing

This book wasn't as good as the first two in the series.I wanted to like it more than I did, because I really enjoyed the first two books.

It dragged a bit. By the time the mystery is solved, it's a bit anticlimactic; I just wanted to finish it up.

Falco's snarkiness was lacking. Only one of the supporting characters, Philadelphian, was particularly interesting.

The narrator did a decent, if unremarkable, job.

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2 out of 5 stars
By L. Williams on 11-15-10

Not the Falco of old

I read the Falco books when they first came out - and I was hooked. But over the years they have deteriorated badly. Occasionally, there is a winner (such as Saturnalia), but more and more, they are bogged down in interminable history lessons (and I was a Classics major, so I enjoy historical detail). But when Helena is opening her mouth every 5 lines to deliver 2 pages on a particular esoteric detail, it's just too much. The author also confuses matters by having dozens of characters (suspects) not one of whom is developed. It was a chore listening to this book.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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