The Jupiter Myth:
'To find a drowned man head-first down a well was slightly unusual, exciting maybe.'
For Falco, a relaxed visit to Helena's relatives in Britain turns serious at the scene of a downtown murder. The renegade henchman of Rome's vital ally King Togidubnus has been stuffed head-first down a barroom well - leading to a tricky diplomatic situation which Falco must defuse. One
An innocent bystander is eye witness to a murder
We just found him left here with his feet waggling
Excuse me! Why were his feet waggling? Was the poor sap still alive?
She blushed. Just a manner of speaking.
So was he dead or not?
He was dead. Of course he was.
How did you know?
If only his feet were visible, how did anyone know his ...more
Another Falco adventure in his least favourite place... Britain.
The man hates the weather, isn't crazy about the Baths, and the bartenders are just fishy. And don't even get him started on the beer *ugh*... although water ends up being way... dangerous for everyone's health!
Luckily his closer family is with him: His beloved wife, Helena Justina, their two infant girls, and of course, Nux the family's dog.
Oh, and his sister Maia Favonia, her children, and lets not forget his BFF Petronius.
Expect murder, plot twists, criminals, female gladiators, femme fatales, and Falco and friends' family life, as Falco's British holiday turn to another of his usual investigator jobs.
Be aware that while it's not necessary to read the books in order, it certainly helps - certainly so far into the series.
Assaph Mehr, author of Murder In Absentia: A story of Togas, Daggers, and Magic - for lovers of ...more
Writers arent always kind to each other but Edith Pargeter, who wrote the best selling Brother Cadfael series of Mediaeval murder mysteries, said of one of Lindsey Daviss early novels:
'Lindsey Davis continues her exploration of Vespasian's Rome and Marcus Didius Falco's Italy with the same wit and gusto that made 'The Silver Pigs' such a dazzling debut and her rueful, self-deprecating hero so irresistibly likeable.'
Wit, gusto and irresistible, three words which are the best summation of the ...more
After reading this book, I was on a quest to read all the others. Written in a straight-forward style (as all the books in the series are), this book captures humor, romance, and mystery in a historical setting. The characters are all likeable, but not perfect. In ...more
If there is anything 'bad' to say about this volume, the it's that the humorous and light ...more
Out of new fiction I wandered to my bookshelves and discovered that I hadn't perused Lindsey Davis in some time. The Jupiter Myth was one of her books that I most enjoyed as it combines a look at life in ancient Londinum with a well conceived mystery that is investigated by her wise cracking, cynical detective, Falco. As well, a few old friends from the series are roped into service.
I am surprised upon thinking of it that I dropped the series soon after this point. I read the next ...more
Personally, I ...more
What was originally intended to be a visit to family members of Helena Justina - her uncle just happens to be the provincial procurator - Falco finds himself called upon to use his ...more
This had everything I like about the novels: The wit, the humour, some ...more
What could be more fun?