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The much loved, bestselling Falco series reissued with new jacket artwork
Lindsey Davis has written over twenty historical novels, beginning with The Course of Honour. Her bestselling mystery series features laid-back First Century detective Marcus Didius Falco and his partner Helena Justina, plus friends, relations, pets and bitter enemy the Chief Spy. After an English degree at Oxford University Lindsey joined the Civil Service, but became a professional author in 1989. Her books are translated into many languages and have been dramatized on BBC Radio 4. Her many prizes include the Premio Colosseo, awarded by the Mayor of Rome 'for enhancing the image of Rome', the Sherlock award for Falco as Best Comic Detective and the Crimewriters' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement. For more information, please visit www.lindseydavis.co.uk.
Davis's writing zings with fun
Davis's writing zings with fun * Daily Mail *
Marcus Didius Falco, everyone's favorite ancient Roman gumshoe, is back in another cheeky mystery. He's had the nerve to read his own poems in public, which leads more or less directly to his being called upon to investigate the murder of a publisher a task he is compelled to undertake in part because he himself is a suspect. Jupiter help him, that puts him up against some of the toughest customers he has yet to encounter: authors. Davis hastily assures us that her publisher and colleagues are nothing like the slimy fellows so cheerfully portrayed here, but she has a wicked eye for the worst that the writing profession can bring out in a soul. As usual, Davis flings out a host of memorably unappetizing characters, raucous family encounters, and a sharp little mystery, wrapped up with a nice, unexpected twist at the end: the culprit really was under everyone's nose all along but with unexpected motives. As much fun as the rest of the series and a bit tauter than the last few; for all mystery collections. Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal" Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.