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Venus in Copper by Lindsey Davis
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Oct 25, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, mystery, historical-fiction, ancient-world
Read from October 20 to 25, 2011

I am so glad I continued with this series. Marcus Didius Falco is hired to buy off, or scare off, a woman who has become engaged to a close relative of his new clients. She has been married three times, and widowed three times, and Falco's clients suspect that in each case she's helped things along. Lindsey Davis is a talented story-teller, and the stories she tells are funny and poignant with some of the wittiest dialogue I've read. The scene with the turbot is a comic masterpiece, especially when Titus Caesar, son of the Emperor Vespasian, shows up at Falco's modest apartment to join Falco and his family in dining on it. It's a huge flatfish, a rare and expensive delicacy in ancient Rome, and a gift from Titus - his way of thanking Falco for the bet he cashed in on when a horse of Falco's, to everyone's surprise, wins a race. Part of the fun, of course, is that Falco is such a staunch Republican, and still Titus likes him. Falco is smart, capable, irreverent, and direct, and both Titus and Vespasian value him for it, just as we do.

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