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The Accusers (Marcus Didius Falco #15)
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The story might have been entertaining but was written poorly and lazily. There was a great chunk of story missing where she simply put the report given to the employer instead of actually writing what they found. She uses phrases that did not exist at the time, such ...more
Returning home to Rome after his trip to Britain, ancient Roman sleuth Marcus Didius Falco becomes caught up in the trial of a senator, a case that is complicated by the senator's convenient "suicide" and draws him into a confrontation with powerful forces in the Roman legal system and a complicated web of upper-class family secrets. 20,000 first printing.
The plot is a little more depressing than usual as Falco has to deal with the so-called justice system and his disillusionment with the Emperor's inability to change the system and not employ the corrupt. There are long passages of court speeches and not so much action which might put some readers off. Also there aren't quite so many laughs for Falco is feeling his age and he hates that!
You'll learn plenty about the Roman justice (injustice) system.
Falco is a middle-class Roman (equestrian class, though he doesn't have a horse) who lucked into marrying a Senator's daughter. This fortunate mating gives him access to some higher-ups he can go to for his investigations, yet he's low-class enough to search the back alleys and less savory parts of Rome ...more
Marcus Didius Falco takes on, what looks like, an easy money making case, doing some leg work connected with an inheritance trial and it very quickly gets very complicated.
He and his sidekicks are soon neck deep in political intrigue and soon find themselves in very serious danger of financial and reputational ruin.
Great mystery as well as a great look at the time period.
For my full review please go to my blog post The Accusers
I did like the briefs and legal records, to spice up the formatting. And the way the plot's 'resolved' is a welcome change of pace.
But ultimately I didn't enjoy this book as much as others in the series.