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The Accusers (Marcus Didius Falco #15)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,463 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
- The Accusers was published in Mysterious Press hardcover (0-89296-811-7) in 4/04. This trade paperback edition will tie into Davis's new hardcover, Scandal Takes a Holiday, due from Mysterious press in 9/04
- Lindsey Davis's prior novel, The Jupiter Myth, appeared on London's Sunday Times bestseller list. It was published by Mysterious Press in hardcover in 9/03 and in tr
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Mysterious Press (first published June 5th 2003)
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Jun 13, 2014 Ian rated it liked it
I love Lindsey Davis' Marcus Didius Falco mysteries, both because they are set in a convincingly imagined Ancient Rome and because her characters are endearing. She manages to make the hard-bitten detective style work beautifully in the historical setting. This particular one of the series has been my least favorite, though. It's a complicated case involving legacies, and the poisoning seems to be almost an afterthought. The ending is also anticlimactic. If you've never read any of these, you sh ...more
Nov 02, 2014 Zachary rated it did not like it
Shelves: mediocre
This book is remarkably poor. In the first place, the protagonists are all 21st century Americans and Anglos whom are masqueraded as 1st century Romans by the author. There is very little I can detect in their ethics and philosophy that would place these idealistic do-gooders in pre-Christian, lower-middle-class Roman society; they are anti-slave, anti-corruption, feminist, cultured, flat characters who are the same, in person and thought-process, at the end of the book as they are at the beginn ...more
Michael Lauck
Mar 18, 2016 Michael Lauck rated it liked it
As much as I love the Falco series, this is not now of my favorites. I would have given it a 3.5 if I could... It isn't awful, it just isn't as fun for me as the others. Maybe it is because it finds Falco and Associates embroiled in courtroom drama... I don't know. I think some of it may be that the family expanded to include Albia in the previous novel and she is really barely mentioned in this one. She doesn't feature in the main courtroom story, of course, but ol' Marcus Didius almost ignores ...more
In this one, Lindsey Davis takes us to court. I appreciate that she is "writing us through" the various institutions of ancient Rome, but this installment was the most convoluted one yet and a bit of a drudge. I think I knew I was in trouble when early on one of the characters says, "What a bummer." Indeed.
Roger Verstraete
Silius Italicus: High-class lawyer
Rubiria Juliana: Metellus' daughter
Paccius: Trusts expert
Marponius: Judge
Olympia: Fortune-teller
Rubirus Metellus: Rich senator, apparently commits suicide
Carina: Daughter of Metellus
Saffia Donata: Wife of Negrinus
Perseus: Door porter
Julius Alexander: Land agent
Licinius Lutea: Close friend of Negrinus, ex of Saffia
Rhoemetalces: Apothecary
Verontius: Falco's BiL
Tiasus: Funeral director
Birdy "Negrinus": Son of Metellus
Calpurnia Cara: Strong-willed wife of
Dec 28, 2014 Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Me encantan las novelas de Falco, creo que ya lo he comentado por aquí en mas de una ocasión. Además de por estar ambientadas en Roma lo que más me gusta de estas novelas es la capacidad de la autora para coger un tema actual y adaptarlo para convertirlo en un caso a resolver por Falco y compañía. A lo largo de estas novelas hemos visto conspiraciones políticas, banqueros corruptos, asesinos en serie, defraudados al fisco y un largo etcétera.
En esta ocasión la autora se centra en el mundo judic
Jul 27, 2012 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book, 2012
Every time I start reading one of the books in this series I think. " not as good as the last one" and then, before I know it I am completely caught up in the story staying up late to read just a few more pages and throughly enjoying myself. I like the way Marcus has developed over the years. In the first book he was single, down on his luck and not sure what the future held for him. Now he is a family man, married to the love of his life with two daughters and is the head of the family firm of ...more
May 21, 2010 Scot rated it it was ok
Fifteenth in the series. Back in Rome after two books set in first century Britain, Falco takes on a lawsuit over an alleged senatorial suicide to avoid debts. The focal point of this novel becomes a view into the life and practices of lawyers in ancient Rome, as Falco’s investigation leads him and his associates (wife Helena and her two brothers) deeper and deeper into labyrinths of corruption and conspiracy and he becomes increasingly involved in a court case. One quickly ascertains that rheto ...more
Sep 04, 2013 Caitlin rated it did not like it
I have honestly never been so disappointed in a book I was suggested. After informing a local bookstore owner that I highly enjoyed Steven Saylor's work, I was introduced to Lindsey Davis. I attempted this book and did not get far.
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
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Hmm. I've very much enjoyed some of Davis' novels featuring Marcus Didius Falco, a detective of ancient Rome; this wasn't one of the best. The hero and his colleagues spend ages failing to interrogate the person who is fairly obviously the murderer, and by the end nothing really is resolved. I did wonder if the two chief villains, Paccius Africanus and Silius Italicus, might actually be real-life characters from our time-line who Davis was sh ...more
Rosanne Lortz
Jun 28, 2011 Rosanne Lortz rated it it was amazing
This book was fabulous! Well-paced and well-plotted, it had me on the edge of seat till almost the very end as I waited for Marcus Didius Falco to solve the senator’s suicide/murder and discover what nefarious secret the family is trying to cover up. The name of the book comes from the role played by the two lawyers, former “accusers” during Nero’s reign. In order to stand up to their legal machinations, Falco is forced to become a lawyer himself. As well as providing an enthralling mystery, thi ...more
Huw Evans
Nov 21, 2011 Huw Evans rated it did not like it
Marcus Didius Falco is an informer (a Latin private detective) and the whole series by Lyndsey Davis is well researched, well written and great fun to read. There is usually a bounce to the dialogue which is witty and pithy and MDF is no lover of authority. Not in this book. Stylistically, it is a huge departure from every other book in the series. I accept that the book is a satire on current litigiousness and I know that the great trials of the Roman Empire spawned some of the greatest oratory ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Mantelli rated it it was ok
This is my least favorite of the Falco series, and judging by the lack of wear on the library copy I read, not a general favorite. It spends a lot of time on tedious courtroom drama, and the characters involved in the central mystery are most unlikeable.
Jun 11, 2015 Phair rated it liked it
Nice to have Falco back in Rome. Focus of this one is Roman law, especially re inheritance & marriage- women's status in particular. Not the best Falco adventure but more on track than some of the recent outings.
P.D.R. Lindsay
Apr 26, 2013 P.D.R. Lindsay rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
If you are a Falco fan then you'll be happy. This is another excellent read in a series of excellent reads.

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!

Mar 26, 2011 Deb rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-books-read
Once again I am not disappointed in Lindsey Davis and Marcus Didius Falco. This is fairly mellow installment in the saga. Falco is engaged by to investigate an alleged senatorial suicide. This eventually involves him defending an alleged murderer in the Roman courts. Rome's legal system is the main character here, and Falco &Co are our guides. I enjoyed the way Falco was less of a lone ranger this time, and really involved Helen and her brothers. As usual, his wit and wily ways get him into ...more
Aug 05, 2015 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've liked other books in this series better, but this is still a good read. I didn't figure out what the Metellus family secret was before it was revealed at the end.
Apr 24, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
The Falco family have arrived back in Rome, to be involved in a case in the courts. Did the Senator commit suicide or was he murdered.
May 07, 2010 Marva rated it really liked it
I'll read more of Lindsey Davis's Falco mysteries. What a fun concept! An "informer" (like a private eye) operating in ancient Rome.

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
Harry Addington
May 09, 2014 Harry Addington rated it it was amazing
Change of pace with a look at the "legal" system in 79AD Rome. Enjoyed greatly as usual.
Nov 13, 2015 Helen rated it liked it
Slower than the others.
Jan 08, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-historical
c2003: FWFTB: trial, lawyers, ex-consuls, suicide, offending. Another solid entry to the annals of Falco. There really is not much else to be said as Ms Davis rarely disappoints. FCN: M Didius Falco (the protagonist with a strange set of morals), Helena Justina (the fabulous wife of Falco), Honorius (a double dealing lawyer or is he?), L Petronius Longus (only a cameo appearance this time), Tu Catius Silius Italicus (one of the slimy opposing lawyers.) Intimidation and awe are how our rulers ke ...more
Jaideep Krishnan
Mar 18, 2014 Jaideep Krishnan rated it really liked it
another well-constructed Falco mystery
Aug 02, 2008 LeAnn rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Readers of murder mysteries
This was an example of mindless genre reading with a quirky twist that I picked up a couple of months ago on the discount table and B&N. I'd hope that it would be amusing and that the Roman setting would make up for what the plot and style lacked. I don't feel dirty after having read it and I think that it would perfectly suit the average reader of murder mystery / legal thrillers. Not really my cup of tea, though, so there's not much for me to write in detail about.
Apr 21, 2014 Johanne rated it liked it
Its Falco, it rolls along nicely. The usual cast of characters is present, the plot is nicely convoluted. It is a decent escapist read
Barbara Hansen
Love love love this series.
Jul 10, 2011 Travis rated it really liked it
A Court room drama/Legal thriller set in ancient Rome.

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.

Sep 13, 2013 M.R. rated it liked it
On the one hand, it's nice to know that courts were as terminally annoying and frustrating back in Rome as they are today, and losing was just as dangerous. On the other, there's not as much action as in your typical Marcus Didius Falco outing. It's certainly different, and yet it's still Falco. Who can resist this guy, or his lovely common-law wife, the restimable Helena Justina? Not me. Read it anyway.
May 04, 2012 Rikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, ancient-rome
A very satisfying detective story and ending (and a VERY fitting title, too). It is not action filled but mainly relies on the spoken word (with the exception of a couple of fisticuffs as can be expected in Rome).

For my full review please go to my blog post The Accusers

Feb 12, 2016 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable. makes you feel like you're the Roman society. Lots of twists and turns.
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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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