Shadows in Bronze: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery (Marcus Didius Falco #2)
"Some men are born lucky, others are called Didius Falco."
It's the first century CE in Rome and informer and occasional imperial agent Marcus Didius Falco is miserable. The high-born woman he fell in love with, Helena Justina, has broken off their stormy, impossible affair. So when Emperor Vespasian assigns Falco a task that will take him out of Rome, he can'
I wish the plot had been stronger; arguably, the romance subp ...more
There are a few plot twists - nothing is quite what i ...more
"Every householder knows the hazard; a man and a boy at the door selling something you don’t want. Unless you feel strong, these whey-faced inade ...more
So why not go on holiday to the beach? Marcus and Petronius gather up Marcus' 14 year old nephew and Petronius' wife and daughter ...more
I like the short chapters, but the paragraph breaks are still a little odd. They tend to disrupt the flow of Falco and Helena's conversations.
This, again, is a solid story, combining whodunnit elements with the author's love of showing the life of the Romans in the first century of the emperors. A continuation and conclusion of the story in book 1 concerning the theft and smuggling of silver ingots from Britain, the unmasking of the conspirators, and Falco's involvement with a senator's daughter.
Good - still 18 more to go.
Falco gets the girl
Actually, Falco gets the guy too. it just takes a while. In the meantime, there is a lot of travelling around Italy. A rousing romp, as usual. I cannot wait to start the next chapter in the series.
After he had previously discovered and put a stop to a conspiracy agai ...more
If I had one complaint about the book, it has to do with (view spoiler)[the discovery that Pertinax is still alive. ...more
Following the revelation of the silver pigs, Falco is once again roped into working for Emperor Vespasian to dispose of the body of a man who was quietly executed on imperial orders. Following this, Falco is sent to investigate a fire at a nearby temple. There he discovers that a man en route to meet the Emperor has been killed in the fire. Meanwhile, his friend Anacrites reports that he has been unable to locate Barnabas, a mysterious man who has apparen ...more
some favorite passages:
describing the little temple of hercules: "It was a pitiful shrine ... There were two worn steps where pigeons stopped to g ...more
Lindsay Davis is a lovely writer, working through the plot by revealing then misleading the reader. The mystery here is not typical as in the reader is not guessing whodunit more howdoesit, and the reader would definitely benefit from reading The Silver Pigs first.
What drew me to Falco in the f ...more