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Poseidon's Gold (Marcus Didius Falco #5)

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A.D. 72: To many, Rome is the center of the Empire. To Marcus Didius Falco, Imperial spy and casual informer, it is the home of his mother, the domineering matriarch who has kept the Didius clan together since her husband absconded with a redhead some twenty years before. Trouble is the last thing Falco wants on his return from a six-month mission to the German legions. Bu ...more
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Published September 27th 1995 by Fawcett Books (first published 1993)
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I really liked this one, more so than the previous book. Falco and Helena are back in Rome, trying to solve a mystery involving one of Falco's late brother's schemes, and Falco is forced to interact with his estranged father.

This series continues to be a pleasure to read. The books are funny, with a touching love story and likable characters. There are very nice details about the period, and the author's narrative style is really growing on me.
The Didius boys! Finally, Falco's returned to Italy after that lengthy six-month trip to Germania Libera. Not that I had much to complain about in the previous book (I am still amused at the ending myself). But a Roman mystery is not a proper Roman mystery until one is in the city herself! Plus, Poseidon's Gold had to do with artwork and implicated murders.

It was much more riveting when it was Falco's innocence that was at question here, and even more so when he spent most of his time running ar
As always, I enjoyed this Marcus Didius Falco novel by Lindsey Davis. It seemed a bit slower paced than her other Falco books but that may be just me being tired and being pulled in a dozen different directions while trying to read it. Certainly there was nothing about the book that would make me not finish it.
The best one so far - you learn much moire about Falco's family, and throgh them, you learn more about Falco. Also a really good mystery.
Melissa Proffitt
The retconning in this one kept me from really enjoying it. In The Silver Pigs we're told that Falco's father abandoned the family when he was young, running off with some woman, and has totally disappeared. From that point up until this book, the story gradually changed: first there's an auctioneer who might be the long-lost Didius patriarch; then it's taken for granted that he is, but none of the family have contact with him; and now (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Crime anf Historical fiction fans.
Sometimes I wish I liked Lindsey Davis' Marcus Didius Falco's series more than I do. I am put off by Falco's contemporary attitude on the one hand but entranced with the stories, the characters and the plots on the other hand.

This was a good one with lots of twists and in addition to the usual characters some interesting new ones. We get to know Falco's father a lot better and also learn more about his older brother, Festus, a charming soldier and con man. His lover, the aristocratic Helena, is
Oct 29, 2012 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction & mystery fans
Lindsey Davis must have met my friend Mike's family. His parents are first-generation Sicilian immigrants and could have provided the source material for Falco and his.

Poseidon's Gold finds Falco discovering uncomfortable facts about his dead brother Festus, the darling of the family and decorated hero of the Judaean War, and he becomes the prime suspect in the murder of one of his brother's former associates.

As usual, though, despite a certain pig-headed stubbornness Falco manages to work thing
After the disappointing 4th in the series, this 5th is a real treat. It's 72 A.D. and Marcus Didius Falco and his love Helena Justina have just returned to Rome from a long six months mission commissioned by Emperor Vespasian. He finds his "home" and possessions ransacked by squatters. Falco then heads to his mother's house where he finds another squatter there, an ex-legionnaire friend of his deceased brother Festus. He has been demanding investment money for himself and his legion that was loa ...more
Rachel Hawes
The one with the brother, the long lost father, the underground artworld and the statue of Poseidon (or is it Zeus!?)
This is the fifth novel in the mystery series featuring Marcus Didius Falco, an informer and sleuth in Rome at the time of Vespasian.
Falco is eager to get back to to Rome after what has seemed like an endless journey from Germania where his last adventure took him. Falco and Helena are shocked to find the apartment in Rome has been ransacked and used by squatters. Falco has been talked into staying with his mother until he finds out that she already has a lodger, an ex-legionary friend of Festus
M.G. Mason
And so to book five in the “Falco” series and our hero, fresh back from his trip to Germania, returns to the tragic news that his elder brother Festus has died in a ship wreck. Festus was a bit of a schemer it seems, and was on a scam regarding gold and stolen antiques when he died.

So it is down to Falco’s mother to hire Falco to clear the family name and discover what his brother was up to. Whats more, his mother has a legionary lodger who claims to be an old friend of Festus and was owed a lot
C1992. FWFTB: Ex-legionary, schemes, suspect, stabbed, evidence.
I am working my way slowly through the series and this is the 5th out of 19(?) books. It was great to get a bit of Marcus’ back story regarding his relationship with his father and his brother. I found this book to be somehow more intense than the previous ones but perhaps that was because Marcus was trying to clear his name. Marcus must be the most unlikely hero in Latin history. Take his less than spectacular entry to Rome after h
Oh it’s so good to be back in (ancient) Rome. Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina, accompanied by a Celt for a bodyguard, return to Rome from Germany. It’s late, it’s raining, and they are desperately tired, but Falco’s old quarters have been overrun by squatters so they stumble on to Falco’s mother’s place. But there too they find a stranger, a fellow legionnaire of Falco’s dead brother Festus who has his muddy boots up on the kitchen table like he owns the place. The man has a grievance, ov ...more
So much family drama! Still, with Marcus and Helena, it's always enjoyable.
I had to give the book three stars instead of four though for two reasons:
1) The character make a HUGE DEAL about how Marcus in in SO MUCH DANGER of getting arrested... and then when Helena is arrested and he goes to see the magistrate or whatever... NOTHING HAPPENS!!! Really? The book jacket and the first however-many chapters get us all worked up over something that's resolved in six pages?
2) I really did not like the t
Nach seinen Abendteuer in Germanien (Eisenhand) ist Falco nun endlich wieder zurück in Rom. Der Empfang ist bekannt unfreundlich: Falcos Dachwohnung ist eine Einzige Katastrophe, das Dach ist eingebrochen und sein Schlafzimmer ein einziger Schutthaufen. Das Ausweichquartier „Hotel Mama“ erweist sich als ebenso unfreundlich, denn dort wird Falco von einem „Freund“ seines verstobenen Bruders, des Kriegshelden, erwartet. Sein Bruder Festus schuldet einigen Kameraden noch eine große Menge Geld und F ...more

Il voto è forse troppo alto, ma in mezzo alle schifezze che mi sono trovata a leggere ultimamente questo libro è una perla rara.
Il protagonista è verosimile nelle sue reazioni agli eventi, simpatico e soprattutto umano, non esente da una bella dose di sfighe che però sa prendere con quell'ironia che pervade tutta la narrazione e la rende gradevole, mai mortalmente seria; la città in cui Marco si muove è vivace e ben tratteggiata (non so se anche attendibile storicamente, ma non ci sono gr
Almost 4 stars. Marcus Didius and Helena are back in Rome after their adventures in Germany. They come back to mayhem, blackmail, soldiers seeking retribution and the ghost of Marcus' older brother Festus.

Festus is one of the best dead character I've read. He has been dead for 3 years but still haunts every one and his antics are messing up the family. This fifth novel in Davis' series is more about family, family loyalty, family sticky together even when one of the family nearly cost you your
Dieser Band aus der Reihe um den Privatermittler M. Didius Falco zeigt die gewohnte Sorgfalt der Autorin in der Recherche. Das Römische Alltagsleben, die Gesellschaft und Lebensweise wirkt plötzlich ganz nah und nachfühlbar.
Dazu kommt ein genügend komplexer Fall, diesmal um den älteren Bruder Festus, der einige Jahre zuvor in Judäa den Heldentod getorben ist. Es taucht ein ehemaliger Kamerad dieses Bruders auf, der Geld fordert, das ihm der angeblich schuldet. Am nächsten Morgen aber wird der Ce
Fifth in this series set in a well researched first century Rome. This mystery involves discovering whatever became of a statue that Falco's deceased older brother seems to have lost in a major swindle attempt just before he died in a battle in faroff Judea. There is at least one murder connected to this intrigue, and because Falco's extended family is now directly threatened by those claiming recompense both for the buying and the selling of this lost artifact, he must put aside the issues he h ...more
El Segoviano
Por el tiempo transcurrido no puedo acordarme muy bien del contenido, sin embargo tengo una idea que me gustó bastante y describía la sociedad romana de una manera muy interesante, mezclando novela historica con novela negra porque son las epopeyas de un investigador de la epoca romana lo cual tiene su gracia.
In this volume of the Falco series, we get to know about bit more about his family, namely his dead brother Festus and his father Geminus, who is still very much alive but with whom Falco is rarely in contact anymore. Festus seems to have been quite a personality and I'm a little sad that we, as the readers, will never get to see him in action.

I think Davis got a little lost in detail this time, describing one too many minor things that weren't really necessary. Then again, she does it so charmi
Rosanne Lortz
In Poseidon’s Gold, Marcus is forced to deal with the artistic mess that his “war hero” brother Festus left behind at his death. Unbeknownst to his family, Festus had been using his time in Judea to run several merchant ventures; but one of the ships disappeared with its cargo, and now the investors want the Didius family to give them their money back. Fraudulent sculptures run amok, Marcus must confront his anger at the father who abandoned him, and Helena discovers that Marcus’s relationship w ...more
Rosalind Mitchell
Another enjoyable, beautifully-researched and bittersweet romp through the palaces and squalid back alleys of Imperial Rome, this time finding Marcus Didius back home from Germany to find an intruder in his mother's kitchen, intent on recovering a debt his dead hero brother left behind. Shame and scandal in the family? It gets worse when the intruder is found dead and even Falco's friend Petronius has him clearly in the frame. Can Falco solve the case and clear his name before the magistrate has ...more
Another enjoyable, beautifully-researched and bittersweet romp through the palaces and squalid back alleys of Imperial Rome, this time finding Marcus Didius back home from Germany to find an intruder in his mother's kitchen, intent on recovering a debt his dead hero brother left behind. Shame and scandal in the family? It gets worse when the intruder is found dead and even Falco's friend Petronius has him clearly in the frame. Can Falco solve the case and clear his name before the magistrate has ...more
I think this is possibly my favourite in what is one of my favourite series anyway. I'm a sucker for Falco angst and it had a lot of great witty interaction between Falco and his family and Falco and Helena and her extended family, which are generally favourite parts of the book. The question of whether or not Geminus really is Falco's father or not is answered thoroughly as is Falco's still complex relationship with his dead older brother. There are a lot of coincidences and very lucky breaks a ...more
Falco and Helena are back in Rome trying to solve the mystery of the missing artifacts of Festus his dead brother, involving their auctioneer father Germinus, runaway slaves and artists, and of course a murder.
These books just get better and better! This time, Falco is charged with the murder of a legionary from his brother's regiment. His brother Festus apparently left a huge debt behind as the result of an investment scheme gone wrong, and Falco's family is on the hook for it. When one of the investors comes to get his money, he winds up dead, and Falco is blamed. In this fast-paced installment, Falco works closely with his estranged father Geminius to clear his name, and he finally has the opportun ...more
I continue to like Falco. So funny + mixed with ancient Rome + mytery = winner for me.
These are fun--very '40s noir mixed with Roman history.
Team Falco and Helena.
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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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