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One Virgin Too Many (Marcus Didius Falco #11)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  1,427 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Falco is back from North Africa, with new-found respectability and a dead brother-in-law to cope with. Appointed to a post in the religious hierarchy, keeper of the city's sacred geese, Davis's imperial Roman sleuth soon finds himself caught up in the murder of a member of one of the sacred brotherhoods and the disappearance of the most likely new candidate for the order o ...more
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Century
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Eleventh in the series, and a very entertaining and informative installment. In this one Vespasian has made Falco, newly promoted to equestrian status, Procurator of the Sacred Poultry, overseer of the select fowls associated with certain first century Roman state rituals. This connects to a larger theme of this particular Falco book, a look at the rules, rites, and regulations associated with several of the "old religion" cults still maintained in Rome in 70 AD, and I find this topic fascinatin ...more
Pam Fleming
Falco and Helena are back in Rome after their adventures in North Africa, but there's little chance for them to settle down before trouble arrives in the form of a five year old girl who claims a member of her family is trying to kill her, and then promptly disappears.

I enjoyed this book much more than the previous one in the series. Falco was his usual snarky self and Helena a more than capable partner. I was a little disappointed not to see more of Maia's reaction to the death of her husband a
M.G. Mason
It has been almost two years since I read the previous book in the series so I am certainly overdue! One Virgin Too Many is the eleventh book in Davis' celebrated Falco series about a retired legionary setting himself up as a private detective in Vespasian's Rome. The series is funny, educational and clever as far as crime fiction goes and this is and always has been an enormous selling point for Davis, arguably a giant in the historical fiction world.

Following on immediately from Two For the Li
Deborah Ideiosepius
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it was an unexpected pleasure; I had never heard of the author when I picked this book up from a book sale.

The author must have a stupendous knowledge of Rome during the reign of Vespasian, the descriptions of the city, the temples and protocols, manners, dress and all other minutiae was fascinating.

Despite being a "#11" as I found out after reading it, I found the characters distinctive, the mystery interesting and the writing style lively and enjoyable.

I wil
Ah--Marcus Didius Falco is back as the Procurator of Poultry, no less. But he doesn't let it get in the way of solving the puzzle presented...

Marcus Didius Falco, the cynical, hard-boiled investigator from the rough end of Rome, is back from a difficult mission in North Africa. As a result of his hard work, Emperor Vespasian awards Falco with the title of Procurator of Poultry for the Senate and People of Rome, or keeper of the city's sacred geese. Not much of a salary, of cou
Marcus Didius Falco is the Sam Spade of imperial Rome; a wise-cracking, sharp eyed ‘informer’ (private eye) with a social conscience, strong moral core, muddled life and it just so happens married to Helena Justina, a senator’s daughter. In his 11th outing we find Falco unsettled by the disappearance of a 6 year old who tries to hire him because she fears that someone in her family is trying to kill her. The missing rejected client, Gaia Laelia, is from an austere priestly family and in the ball ...more
Falco and familia are back in Rome from northern Africa only a few weeks before the next corpse is stumbled over. This time it is Helena's "other brother," the surly, churlish one, Aelianus, who literally trips over the dead body. The gruesome discovery comes at the end of a day-long religious ceremony run by an ancient cult called the Arval Bretheren, who operate more like a supper club. Aelianus is trying to join the club/cult as a way to boost his career, which has suffered a recent, family-r ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in February 2001.

By the first century AD, many of the traditional observances of Roman religion must have seemed silly and irrelevant. They were appropriate to the small farming village hundreds of years in the past, so they are about things like making crops grow, not the concerns of the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the world. Nevertheless, this feeling would have been accompanied by a certain reverence, for the cult practices were relics of a time
It's always entertaining to spend time with Marcus Didius Falco in the Rome of the emperor Vespasian. Here Falco is trying to solve a murder, find a missing child, comfort his newly widowed sister, assist the career ambitions of Helena's brother (the one who doesn't like him), while managing his new responsibilities as Procurator of the Sacred Poultry.

We get some nice historical tidbits about the Flamen Dialis (the high priest of Jupiter who was forbidden to mount a horse, wear a knot anywhere o
Rosanne Lortz
In One Virgin Too Many, Vespasian rewards Marcus with middle class status at long last! Along with the new rank comes a new position, Procurator of the Sacred Poultry. The Didius family finds a source of endless laughter and derision as Marcus presides over every sacred festival as nanny to the honorable birds.

In this book, Lindsey Davis examines the mysterious cults at the heart of the old Roman religion. When Helena’s brother Aelianus tries to join the Arval Brethren–an exclusive society of co
Normalmente los libros de Marco Didio Falco tienen 5 estrellas casi garantizadas en mis crticas de Anobii. Soy una incondicional del mejor detective de la antigua Roma y del estilo de Lindsay Davis, pero en este caso, la traduccin es nefasta. Horrible. No tengo palabras para describirla. No slo est llena de fallos gramaticales gordsimos sino que sistemticamente y en el mismo prrafo, se confunden unos personajes con otros repetidas veces, con lo que tienes que estar muy pendiente y tratar de dedu ...more
Not my favorite Falco mystery but enjoyable, nevertheless. This time he is caught up in two mysteries - the "ritualized" death of a man at the annual festivities of men's brotherhood that honors arcane agricultural religious beliefs; and the disappearance of a young girl (age 6) who belongs to a family attached to the priesthood of the Temple of Jupiter and who might be chosen to join the Vestal Virgins. I actually learned something about the Vestals but sometimes the book just got bogged down i ...more
Marcus Didius Falco has finally been rewarded for his continually outstanding service to Vespasian. He's been raised to equestrian status and had been named Procurator of the Sacred Poultry. This has put him in a bit of quandary as his higher social standing precludes his work as a lowly informer. Or does it? In this installment, Falco is asked to assist in the sensitive case of the missing 6 year granddaughter of a retired priest. The missing girl is a potential Vestal Virgin and she must be fo ...more
Lindsey Davis's series about M. Didius Falco is a popular one. Intrigued by the blurb ('hilarious'), I picked up One Virgin Too Many. Falco, a shrewd investigator who scoffs at the middle-classes and yet is married to a decidedly patrician woman, is suddenly upwardly mobile (though not in the way his in-laws might consider all that). He has been appointed Keeper of the Emperor's Sacred Geese. Meanwhile, there are murders involving Vestal Virgins and his irritatingly supercilious brother-in-law, ...more
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I am now at the eleventh book in the re-reading of the series. Helena and Falco are back in Rome and Falco has been promoted to Equestrian status and is now the Procurator of the Sacred Poultry.
This book concerns murder (of course) and vestal virgins.
c1999: FWFTB: poultry, vestal, relation, kill, partner. This may not be the most flattering description of the book but whenever I start to read the Falco stories it is like slipping on a favourite pair of slippers. I know the characters, settings and pacing. I learn something from each book - this time it is about all the various cults and religions that were practised by Romans prior to the Christian onslaught. There are some great set pieces and even more development of the various characters ...more
May just as well admit it, story-wise "One Virgin Too Many" is second slight disappointment in a row. Just as in the preceding book, the plot is so elaborate and convoluted, but leads to an anti-climactic finale.

However, if the "whodunnit" in this book is a bit of a letdown, Davies writing is always entertaining and makes me chuckle. In this respect "One Virgin Too Many" was as strong as any other of previous books in this cycle. Also, I have only now realized how much history one learns from th
This is a very busy time right now for me and unfortunately that is why I have taken so long to read this... however, if I had the right amount of time, I think I would have finished it in a week. First Lindsey Davis' novel for me and I enjoyed it immensely. Reminded me so much of the entertainment provided by the Marcus Corvinus character of David Wishart's Roman thrillers. Marcus Didius Falco is a character which everyone should get to know... I loved Helena too and some of his other friends.. ...more
It's been some years since I read a Falco mystery and I'm trying to figure out why. These are pleasant, undemanding reads and (woo hoo) I have more than half of the series left to get through.
Mar 29, 2008 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY
Recommended to Jessica by: I did
Shelves: falco, mysteries
Whew! I just finished it!!!! The best Falco yet! What can I say that won't give away all the juicy details...well, this go round we learn about some of the ancient religious cults that still held a firm grip on the life of Rome in 70 CE. The Flamens, the Vestal Virgins, and the Arval Brotherhood are three keepers of the sacred duties of Rome.

Speaking of sacred duties...ask Falco where you can find some good manure for your compost.

I can't wait for the next one!!!!

I'm running out of exclamation m
Actually, this was the first book I properly read - excluded, a German translated copy of "Poseidon's Gold" I checked out because I couldn't wait for the next episode of the BBC7extra audio. It's good I knew some about the characters via said audios, otherwise, the whole setting would've been a bit too difficult to work with. That said, it was a good story, even though my background knowledge about Ancient Rome is thin and a bunch of things probably escaped my notice. Worth reading.
Harry Addington
More humor than usual. Nice to have it all set at home.
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I just couldnt get into this one.For one thing I discovered it was the 11th book in a series I had never read before. (I like to read books in order). Secondly I hated the names. I couldn't pronounce some and to me if I can't pronounce the names in the story then that sort of kills it for me.

As I continued to read I kept coming across parts that seemed were explained in prior books. Maybe one day I will pick up the first book int he series, just not now.
Miguel Ruz Baños
En mi opinión una de las novelas más flojas de la saga, adolece de ese toque de humor que caracteriza a estas novela y provoca que nos encontremos con una historia plana y carente de interés. En esta ocasión todo gira en torno a Falco y se demuestra que personajes como Helena, Petronio o el mismo Anácrites son fundamentales como contrapunto de nuestro heroe.
Recomendable solo para fans de la saga.
Really enjoyed this entry in the series. The side characters were all involved in the central mystery and it was nice to see everyone together including Helena's oldest brother being less of a boor than usual. Learning about the various Roman cults was quite interesting as we worked through a whole mess of them to discover the whereabouts of an intrepid little girl.
Georgiana 1792
Mi sa che questa volta Falco ha preso un colpo in testa!
Sveglia!!! La trama era troppo scontata e invece il nostro investigatore ce ne ha messo di tempo per fare le domande giuste alle persone giuste! Che l'essere stato ammesso alla classe sociale superiore l'abbia un po' rammollito?
Però Falco è sempre Falco, e non posso dargli meno di 4 stelle!
Ha! Procurator of Poultry!! At least Falco gets some omelets from the Sacred Geese. Just the idea is too funny, let alone how it unfolds; but there is a serious storyline here, too, and domestic bliss (or what approximates it). A good episode in the continuing tale of Marcus Didius Falco and the intelligent, underrated Helena Justina. I like those two!
When a Philip-Marlowe like character becomes the narrator of events that take place in Ancient Rome, you get Lindsey Davis! The research is excellent, the stories are fascinating, the historical truth is respected and… a sort of hard boiled detective investigates. Probably one of the best historical novels, along with Sharan Newman, on the market.
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Lindsey Davis, historical novelist, was born in Birmingham, England in 1949. Having taken a degree in English literature at Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall), she became a civil servant. She left the civil service after 13 years, and when a romantic novel she had written was runner up for the 1985 Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize, she decided to become a writer, writing at first romanti ...more
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