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Household Gods
This is one book that has stayed with me. Great read. I absolutely loved discovering what life was like in a 2d century Roman frontier (Carnuntum: Vi...more
Oct 30, 2002
May 02, 2010
No Man's Lands: One Man's Odyssey Through The Odyssey
It was a bit better than just OK but suffered from a lack of pictures (he spent a lot of time sketching- we couldn't get to see some of the sketches...more
Oct 2008
Aug 24, 2009
The Beggar of Volubilis (The Roman Mysteries, #14)
Been a long time since my last Roman Mystery. This is #14 in the series and I had to forego reading #13 as I can't find a copy but after doing some c...more
Feb 23, 2010
Feb 21, 2010
The Sirens of Surrentum (The Roman Mysteries, #11)
I still have a hard time picturing Lawrence's intended readership. The themes she touches on are often more mature that the age-appeal implied by the...more
May 2007
Aug 28, 2009
SPQR XIII: The Year of Confusion (SPQR, #13)
Have only read one other SPQR book, an early one if not #1, and recall I was not that enthusiastic about it. This one was also merely good - it did n...more
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 16, 2010
The Pericles Commission (The Athenian Mysteries, #1)
A little slow getting into this because of all the social & political background that dragged down the action. Once I felt grounded in the settin...more
Jan 04, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
The Ionia Sanction (The Athenian Mysteries, #2)
All roads seem to lead to Ephesus! This is the third classical era book I've read this year that was set in/around Ephesus. Not as interesting as Cor...more
Nov 30, 2011
Nov 11, 2011
The Last Girls of Pompeii
A quick read - not quite as good as some of Lasky's others. I would put this in young adult rather than children's fiction as the themes are a bit ma...more
Jul 2007
Aug 28, 2009
The Prophet from Ephesus (Roman Mysteries, #16)
**spoiler alert** One of the very few of this incredible series that i have not particularly enjoyed. For me it got all preachy and religious with eve...more
Dec 04, 2010
Jan 09, 2011
The Silver Pigs (Marcus Didius Falco, #1)
Reread for f2f Mystery group. Back on first reading around 1990 I would have given this 4 or even 5 stars. I was so taken with the character of Falco...more
Feb 2006
Aug 31, 2009
Galen: My Life in Imperial Rome
More for younger readers that YA. While this gave an interesting and informative look at period life I found the format problematic. It was almost li...more
Feb 06, 2003
Jun 26, 2010
Roman Games: A Plinius Secundus Mystery
[2.5 stars] How weird that two authors should develop historical mysteries with Pliny the Younger as protagonist/ sleuth. I have to say that I preferr...more
Oct 29, 2011
May 30, 2011
Last Seen in Massilia (Roma Sub Rosa, #8)
I have now read a Gordianus from the start of his career and this one from his elder years. I was not really drawn in to the first book and wish I cou...more
Dec 26, 2013
Jan 01, 2014
The Courtesan's Daughter
Was surprised how much I enjoyed this: involving, great history, good characters. Have not read a lot set in this period Greece. Apparently the story...more
Feb 13, 2003
Jun 26, 2010
Not the best nor the worst Falco to date. A little heavy handed in the parallels between modern day & Roman commercialization of the winter holid...more
Jun 2007
Aug 28, 2009
Sacred Games (The Athenian Mysteries, #3)
Another fun entry in this series. While light in the style of the Falco mysteries he also packs in a lot about Hellenic history, society & cultur...more
Jun 25, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
Lost in the Labyrinth
Different take on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur where the latter is almost the hero or at least the sympathetic center figure rather than the...more
Nov 21, 2002
Jan 01, 2012
Roman Blood (Roma Sub Rosa, #1)
Read for f2f mystery group. This first of series was quite a slog through history- too much history- and it bogged down the mystery which wasn't all...more
Jan 2005
Sep 16, 2009
The Jupiter Myth (Marcus Didius Falco, #14)
This was one of the few Falcos that did not click with me. Normally I love stories set in Roman Britain including Falco's previous sojourns there but...more
Nov 10, 2003
Jul 24, 2010
The Charioteer of Delphi (Roman Mysteries, #12)
I still can't believe how much information she packs into these supposed kids' books [too good for just kids!:]. This one was all about Roman chariot...more
Nov 2007
Aug 27, 2009
How to Mellify a Corpse: and Other Human Stories of Ancient Science and Superstition
It took me months and months to get through this. Definitely not a book to read in large doses- it wears you out. While the writing style was at time...more
Aug 07, 2011
Jul 27, 2010
See Delphi and Die (Marcus Didius Falco, #17)
Not the best- a bit rambling but I loved the setting. Had recently read non-fiction book 'Rte.66 AD' about leisure travel in Roman times & that m...more
Jun 2006
Sep 04, 2009
SPQR I: The King's Gambit (SPQR, #1)
Not as interesting as Falco mysteries but by the end I was coming to like Decius. Descriptions of Rome not as picturesque & there isn't the clear...more
Dec 17, 2001
Jan 01, 2010
The Scribes from Alexandria (Roman Mysteries, #15)
Picks up almost immediately following the previous book and finds the gang shipwrecked off Alexandria. The book is less a mystery than an adventure a...more
Aug 25, 2010
Aug 24, 2010
Ode to a Banker (Marcus Didius Falco, #12)
While I enjoyed it, this one never really grabbed me- too many characters to keep straight. Had to keep referring to the character list far too often...more
Aug 18, 2001
Dec 26, 2009
The Marathon Conspiracy (The Athenian Mysteries, #4)
I do like this series but this is not the best of the batch. Much of it was back-story about the Battle of Marathon and subsequent fallout political &...more
May 11, 2014
Feb 14, 2014
Caveat Emptor (Gaius Petreius Ruso, #4)
It was good but did not feel as interesting as previous books in the series and I'm not sure why. Maybe there was too much about the politics or mayb...more
Feb 04, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
Terra Incognita (Gaius Petreius Ruso, #2)
I enjoyed the Roman Britain setting but felt there were a few too many characters to keep straight in this one. Ruso isn't quite as cynical & dro...more
Jul 06, 2008
Aug 23, 2009
Enemies of Jupiter
VERY gritty episode with lots of death, disease, anguish, sacrifice & guilt all over the place. Still a great story and you really have to read t...more
May 2005
Sep 27, 2009
By Jove! (Brush Up Your Mythology)
This was light & humorous in tone. I don't think the research was very deep or scholarly but this was a good way to refresh the old cultural lite...more
Jun 25, 2005
Sep 28, 2009
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