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Publisher's Summary

Greece, home of the ancient Olympic Games, is a favourite destination for Seven Sights Travel, a seedy company which provides escorted tours for wealthy travellers. When Marcus Didius Falco and Helena hear that a young girl and a newly-wed woman, both Roman visitors, have been murdered at Olympia, they both step in to investigate.
©2006 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"The author's vivid picture of life in A.D. 76 and the sparkling characterizations, particularly the amusing byplay between Falco and Helena, will satisfy most readers." (Publishers Weekly)
"If Sam Spade traveled back in time to A.D. 76, he'd be Marcus Didius Falco, the Roman sleuth at the center of Davis' mordant series." (Booklist)
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By Rose on 06-22-07

Touring Ancient Greece

One of the best parts about this book was the way Davis caught the standard annoyances of swanning around the country as part of a tour group. In this case Falco's family group is chasing after a tour on which a young woman had been killed. Touring was quite popular in the Roman Empire during Falco's time and even now it is possible to find Roman graffiti on ancient monuments thus proving that the urge to leave some personal mark cuts across the ages.

Anyway there are shady tour operators, annoying and importunate guides, bad lodging, worse food and lots and lots about Greece.

The narrator does a fine job of giving Falco a believable voice.

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By Bonnie on 10-23-11

This is the third one I've read in the series.....

Seems to me our main character "Falco" just develops more and more. This one was a real mystery, with lots of twists and turns. You may need a strong stomach for some of this story. ( I don't want to give away any of it, just a heads up) If you've read any of my other reviews, you know I read lots of historical novels. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys mystery and history.

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By Michelle on 11-29-09

Better then Remebered

Always having been a voracious reader, I read all the Falco books, apart from the last, as soon as they came out, but found the later ones slightly hard going. Being no longer able to read, I've turned to audiobooks and am finding the narrations of Rodska adding so much more to the author's text making it far more than merely reading the prose out loud. For me, he brings alive what are ostensibly Falco's memoirs, written in the first person, making me laugh out loud in places. He also voices the other characters superbly; the "welsh" Athenian law tutor we meet is making me smile just thinking about it. This book is well worth listening to for the final chapter alone - when I read it for myself I remember feeling "is that it", but Rodska's comic timing and voice characterisation really brought it to a perfect close.

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By Ruth on 06-11-08

An entertaining listen

If you're already a fan of Didius Marcus Falco, I'm sure you'll like this, I reckon it's as good as any of the others. If you are new to the series there are a lot of people to get to know, but the characterisation is good and I didn't get confused.

Falco is a Roman 'Informer', which seems to be the equivalent to a modern day detective. He and his wife and assorted members of their family go travelling around Greece in search of the reasons behind a couple of nasty deaths, and find more death everywhere they go. Coincidence? We think not.

The story was engaging enough to keep my interest, and the idea of Ancient Roman tourism is quite thought provoking. I was expecting some progression in their search through the book, but the vital clues and the final revelation only come right at the end. Some ends are left a little bit loose.

I liked the narration, and was amused by the various regional British accents used for the speech of native Greeks, other tourists and supporting characters.

Not too long, and definitely worth a listen.

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