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Last Act in Palmyra by Lindsey Davis
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Jan 03, 14

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, fiction, mystery, ancient-world
Read from December 15 to 21, 2011

Love the series, but not this installment. The book has less sparkle on the whole, though the writing is so assured, with lines like: Above us soared a sky that a bad lyric poet would certainly have called cerulean. But we get dragged around too many desert towns trying to solve the whodunit murder-mystery involving a traveling theatrical troupe. Falco feels the same way: I had had enough. I was sick of stones in my shoes and the raw smell of camel's breath. I wanted glorious monuments and towering, teeming tenements. I wanted to be sold some dubious fish that tasted of Tiber grit, and to eat it gazing over the river from my own grubby nook on the Aventine while waiting for an old friend to knock on the door. I wanted to hear that solid roar that slams across the racecourse at the Circus Maximus. I wanted spectacular scandals and gigantic criminality. I wanted to be amazed by size and sordidness. I wanted to go home. We're all homesick for Rome. I hope we're going back and staying put... These road trips get awfully tedious for some reason.

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