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See Delphi and Die (Marcus Didius Falco #17)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  1,757 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
It's 76 A.D. during the reign of Vespasian, and Marcus Didius Falco has achieved much in his life. He's joined the equestrain rank, allowing him to marry Helena Justina, the Senator's daughter he's been keeping time with the past few years. But that doesn't mean all is quiet for Falco, Helena, and their two young daughters.

By trade he is an informer, a man who looks into s
Paperback, 354 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Arrow (first published 2005)
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Jan 19, 2011 Palmyrah rated it did not like it
I'm an easy sell for anything with an ancient setting, but this failed to impress. I beg leave to doubt that there really was a Roman mass-tourism industry, though I'm sure the great shrines and spas did have their guides and vendors and touts just as modern tourist attractions do. But never mind the setting; it's the plot that fails to impress, and as a whodunit it this is a complete flop. Oh, and did I mention the sloppy editing, which results in some sentences that are barely English? A turke ...more
Apr 27, 2012 Johnny rated it liked it
The mystery portion of See Delphi and Die is essentially telegraphed fairly early in the narrative. Character is character and character will out. Yet, there are enough “red herrings” and unlikable characters throughout the novel that even when one senses the eventually exposed villain, the trip is worth taking. In fact, the trip is probably more worth taking than the peregrination through Greece that M.Didius Falco, wife, and nephews undertake. I’m sure that even during Vespasian’s reign there ...more
Jemima Pett
Aug 25, 2015 Jemima Pett rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, historical
Another great Falco book, but a little slow to start. This time one of Helena’s brothers has been shipped off to Athens for higher education, but sends a letter home about some unexplained death. At the same time, another unexplained death has been brought to Falco’s attention. He takes the case, with a little prodding from an emperor’s aide, which at least means some expenses might be forthcoming, and sets off on a package tour to Athens, via Olympia (not in Olympic year, despite some confusion ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction and mystery fans
I really struggled to stay interested in this story. I have usually enjoyed Lindsay Davis' Marcus Didius Falco books but this one just did not grab me. Perhaps since this is #17 in the series, Davis has lost some of her own freshness.

In this book, Davis takes the opportunity to make fun of the travel industry, though I seriously doubt there was one in Falco's time. Falco's wife, Helena Justina, has a somewhat egotistical brother who is off to Athens to study law and is doing some touring under t
Jun 14, 2010 Scot rated it really liked it
Seventeenth in the series (which I’m reading in order) and this is one of the best of the lot. They are all worth reading if you like a leisurely educational review of first century Roman culture mixed into the detective murder mystery genre and recounted by a former rapscallion (now family man) narrator, Falco, who has some admittedly modern sensibilities (thus making him a more useful interlocutor and tour guide on these trips to the past).

This installment involves a series of murders befallin
Jul 08, 2015 Miguel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, histórica
Posiblemente la peor novela que he leído de esta saga. Desde que comencé esta novela me di cuenta que a la historia le faltaba algo. Es una dinámica de esta autora coger situaciones actuales y trasladarlas a la Roma antigua, de esta manera hemos visto novelas de Falco ambientadas en torno a los escritores, los abogados, la hacienda pública, el ejercito, etc... En la mayoría de los casos Lindsey Davis utiliza estas situaciones para criticar y reírse de diversos sectores de la sociedad actual y ...more
Rosanne Lortz
Jul 12, 2011 Rosanne Lortz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having fully indulged her playful hostility toward building contractors, lawyers, and newspapermen in the previous books, Lindsey Davis now takes the opportunity in See Delphi and Die to lampoon the travel industry. While Aulus, Helena Justina’s stuffy younger brother, is traveling to Athens to study law, he runs across a suspicious death in the city of Olympia. A young woman, recently married and on a honeymoon travel tour, is found battered to death outside a gymnasium. Aulus befriends the ...more
Nov 07, 2011 Deb rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-books-read
Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justinius are in Greece for this installment. Helena's brother has written them about the mysterious death of a fellow traveler, and Falco is asked to investigate. The investigation leads them to Olympia, Delphi, Corinth, and Athens. One of the things I like about this series is that each novel explores a different aspect of life in the first century AD. This time we are treated to an exploration of Greek athletics and the relationship between Rome and its Greek ...more
Mar 18, 2007 George rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical mystery readers
Seventeeth in Davis' Falco series involving the adventures of Marcus Didius Falco, Roman informer, and his wife Helena Justina.

Set in A.D. 76 in Rome during the reign of Vespasian who Falco works for from time to time. This adventure takes Falco and Helena from Rome to Greece (Olympia, Delphi, Athens, and places in between) as they unravel the mysterious deaths of two young female Roman tourists three years apart who were on tours orgainized by the same company. The story line also involves Hele
Nov 05, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Falco with Helena and a few other family members in tow set out for Greece to check up on Falco's brother-in-law, Aulus. Aulus is supposed to be studying law in Athens, but he has become side-tracked by the violent murder of a young woman touring the Roman province with her new husband in Olympia, the first stop on the itinerary of the Seven Sights Travel company, which is shuttling the newlyweds as well as an assortment of off-beat Roman characters around the glory that was once Greece. They ...more
D.A. Cairns
Jul 07, 2011 D.A. Cairns rated it liked it
An historical mystery with a bit of humour? What's not to like? Well... a few things. There was a lack of tension in the narrative and between the characters apart from the Marcus, the main main, getting emotionally disturbed here and there. I actually though the supporting characters were more interesting than the main ones.

It may have been intended by the author but it did read a little like a travel guide for ancient Rome and Greece, which was interesting but it little bit too much like, "loo
Feb 10, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-historical
c2005: FWFTB: tourists, Olympic, sanctuary, tour-guide, myth. I found it interesting that two out of the three reviews quoted on the back of the book mentions 'old friends' which of course is what I have been rabbiting on about in previous 'thoughts'. This outing explores the 'Roman tourist' and Ms Davis does her normal magic and weaves the murder between historical facts and character development. Loved it - especially the involvement of the younger of the Falco extended clan. Oh and Nux, bless ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Ata rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think the Falco books are the same they have always been. However, I have changed in the intervening time since Silver Pigs. Consequently, I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as I did the previous ones. The parts that were boring for me were the descriptions of the Ancient Greece sights. I mean, I have a slightly above-average knowledge of Greek culture, gods and myths but even still reading about the temples and statues was just a bit too abstract to have any real meaning. A condensed ...more
Debbie Howell
Dec 13, 2007 Debbie Howell rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery fans and former Latin students
I love Lindsey Davis's Falco mysteries--she's one of 5 mystery authors I read through. Falco is an informer (detective) in ancient Rome, and the books are written from his point of view, complete with Roman arrogance and a glimpse of the nitty-gritty of daily life in Rome--and a sense of humor. This one took Falco and entourage to Greece, so had some good tidbits about the Olympics and had some fun with the rivalry between Greek and Roman cultures. A fun light (but not silly) mystery. One ...more
May 04, 2010 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk-food-lit
People have been recommending Lindsey Davis' novels to me for years, so I gave this one a shot (I got it as a bargain at B&N). It was really good! Davis as a historian gets some of the flavor of ancient Rome a bit muddled, I think, but it doesn't matter - it's still well done! And it was very pleasurable - I figured it out before the end, which is part of the pleasure of a good mystery to me, but it still had me hooked to the last page!
I'll be reading more of the adventures of Marcus Didiu
Jul 26, 2015 Katharine rated it really liked it
I've had a long break from Falco so came back to the series refreshed. Enjoyable mystery with Falco and Helena Justina travelling to Greece to solve a murder of a young woman who was part of a tour group. The mystery isn't difficult to solve and a dark Greek myth places a crucial and disturbing part but Lindsey Davis has a lot of fun at the expense of the (Roman) tourist industry though always making the reader care about the victims of the crime. As usual a lot of knowledge lies behind the ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Beth rated it liked it
Another story about Marcus Didious Falco and half of Rome, and now half of Greece. A very long winded story about Roman travelers visiting Greecian temples, and getting killed.

With his enormous family, and dog, Falco travels to Greece to sort out a murder at the behest of the Emperor. He finds multiple temples and sights, all of which are described ad nauseum, and tourists who are ripped off by unscrupulous travel agents. Add in mysterious women, blow hard professors who party too much, and inc
Nov 05, 2009 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Marcus Didius Falco and his wife, Helena, travel to Greece in an attempt to track down her brother, Aulus, who was supposed to have been studying law in Athens with a celebrity lawyer. A shady Roman travel agency crosses their paths because a scandalous murder of one of its travelers has occurred recently and Falco must interview the suspects. Plenty of ancient temples, gorgeous scenery, oracles and soothsayers abound as our Roman detective travels across mountains and seas to find his murderer!
Jul 09, 2011 Megan rated it liked it
The book was entertaining, the mystery good, and it only lost points because I found that the periphery characters (Falco's travelling companions, beyond his wife) were just kind of there for the most part. I just didn't get enough sense of them, so they seemed a bit extraneous. Now, it probably doesn't help that I've only read a handful of this series, in a very scattered manner depending one what I find in used book stores, so I hadn't even met some of these characters before, but the point ...more
Stella Luceat
Dec 30, 2012 Stella Luceat rated it did not like it
Shelves: punishment
Please forgive the rudeness coming but I don't know quite how else to say this.

This was absolutely terrible. I only finished it because I wanted to know who the murderer was. Don't give it credit for that. We've all watched garbage on the t.v. just to see how it ended and then thought "I am now dumber..."

The author writes a horrible man. He's not believable as a dude. He IS believable as a lesbian... Which: whatever; I don't care. Make it about a lesbian couple.

The point I'm trying to make is:
Lindsey was headed towards 4 stars with book 17 in the Falco series, but the ending brought me back to 3 stars. I was expecting more plot twists during the closing chapters.

This murder investigation has the feel of a Roman Era murder mystery dinner... with all the suspects in a traveling tourist group in the Roman province of Greece. Several look to be the killer and our pal Marcus Falco must determine the guilty party. It was neat to see how Lindsey Davis portrays historic Greece during the Rom
May 30, 2008 Rose added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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Dec 16, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I love Lindsey Davis's books: he writes a good mystery in a great historical setting. Many of today's "cozy" writers could learn from him. This book, set in ancient Greece, taught me that travelers haven't changed all that much over the centuries. They look for comfort, adventure, and sometimes education. I like the interaction between Falco and his wife and was most interested in the description of various oracles. I'm impressed with Davis's expertise on the ancient world.
May 21, 2011 Ray rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Excellent "hard-boiled P.I." mystery with the added appeal of being set in ancient Roman times. Good characters and a sense of humor add to the fun, as does the "travelogue" of Greece. The mystery element is solid, keeping the reader guessing until very close to the end. I will definitely be haunting the library and bookstores for the rest of the Falco novels. This copy came to me through a LibraryThing Member Giveaway.
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Latest (I think) in Davis' successful series of novels about Marcus Didius Falco, a private eye in ancient Rome (this book set in 76 AD). Generally good stuff here, as he and his glamorous wife tag up with a tour group going around Greece to try and solve a couple of unexplained deaths. Not totally convinced by the plotting and resolution, but enjoyed the ride and the scenery.
Kate Millin
Jul 08, 2014 Kate Millin rated it really liked it
I have not read any Falco and Helen books for some time- so it took me a bit of time to get into the book and remind myself about the main characters. This time they are investigating the death of 2 women who are travelling Greece with a dodgy travel organisation. They follow the current group to Greece where more dodgy dealings are happening. We get lots of descriptions of Greece as well as an intriguing story
Sep 02, 2012 Dale rated it liked it
This episode offers up a nice tour of Olympia, Delphi, and Athens. Sketchy tour guides, sketchier meals and lodging, rough seas and roads, murder, sexual assault - you know, the usual.

The Falco character seems to have lost a lot of his edge - understandable at this point in a long-running series. Married bliss is not actually very interesting from the outside. Still, there's always a lot to like in these books.
Mar 12, 2013 Audrey rated it liked it
This is the first Falco book I have read and to be honest, I love the irreverent character of Falco and all his family. It is a detailed and amusing romp, dealing with the travel industry and murder and it has a nasty twist at the end lol. I am going to start reading the books from the beginning to follow the genesis of Falco and his family. This book is recommended if like your mysteries to be fun as well as being well plotted and well written.
Oct 04, 2011 Kit rated it liked it
Good installment of the Marcus Didius Falco series, earlier in time than a couple of others in the series I've listened to. Marcus and Helena, his wife, are good characters and the supporting characters are good as well. There's quite a bit of humor, which adds to my enjoyment, and I like the ancient Roman milieu. In this book, Marcus and Helena travel to Greece to investigate the murder of two Roman girls who died while traveling with a tour.
Jan 02, 2012 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Diesen im antiken Rom angesiedelte Kriminalroman bekam ich zu Weihnachten geschenkt, zur Erinnerung an ähnliche Bücher, die meine Schwester und ich als Jugendliche gelesen haben (Caius, Quintus). Anders als die Jugendbücher führt Davis nur halbherzig in die antike Welt ein. Insbesondere der Protagonist ist viel zu modern geraten (Dialoge, moralische Ansichten usw.). Der Kriminalfall ist langatmig erzählt und wird am Ende von Kommissar Zufall innerhalb von 3 Seiten gelöst.
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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 ...more
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