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Two for the Lions by Lindsey Davis
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Sep 15, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: history, mystery

Imagine if Sam Spade had operated out of ancient Rome. Lindsey Davis has transplanted all the things that make up a good noir mystery novel to Rome in the reign of the Emperor Vespasian and shows us, people haven't changed much in a couple thousand years.

Her descriptions of rome are so casual that you start to wonder if she does research or just has a time machine and pops back to double check details.

Falco takes what he thinks will be easy money, check the accounts of several men that provide gladiators and animals for the arenas, for possible cheating on taxes.
Instead he finds corruption, plots, hordes of women swooning outside the quarters of the 'star' gladiators, an escaped leopard and as always, trouble with his various family members.

Clever mystery, great dialogue and descriptions and after awhile you forget that you are learning stuff as well.
A great series where you can start at the beginning if you want, but you can also jump in anywhere and not feel lost.
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