A Body In The Bath House:
'There's nothing wrong with Britain . that is if you leave out the mammoth travelling distance from one's dear Roman heritage!'
AD 75. As a passion for home improvement sweeps through the Roman Empire, Falco struggles to deal with a pair of terrible bath-house contractors who have been causing him misery for months. Far away in Britain, King Togidubnus of the Atrebates
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Falco's new house has a body in the bathhouse. And its only the beginning of a murder/mystery for our Roman detective.
It started with a smell
But for Rhea Favonia, we might have lived with it.
Theres a smell! Theres a horrible smell. Im not going in there!
I didnt need to ...more
In this one the dead bodies were on the heavy side. I was not expecting so many deaths. But where Falco goes the death follows. This was one exciting story and I can't wait to read the next one.
This is one of my favorite series. The main characters (Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina) are in fact, one of my all time favorite couples, so it's always great to read a book that features them.I feel like i know them for more than a decade now. :)
The banter and witty comments that the characters exchange, were as always a pleasure to read.
It would however be a greater pleasure of mine, if this series would once again start being translated to portuguese...oh, how i miss thee!! ...more
In the first novel in the Falco series set in Britannia, Falco chases a murderer and gets a look at the construction of a new palatial mansion in the countryside (based on the archaeological ruins at Fishbourne).
Expect some emotional dramas as Falco's private life is a constant sub-plot, and some examination of Roman dentistry. The main focus, however, is on the construction industry. From Falco's new home's bath, to the grand palace for a local ...more
I thought Falc0 and Helena vowed to never return to England where they first met, but fate sends them there. This time with their 2 children, Helena's 2 brothers plus Falco's nephew to assist Falco, and Falco's sister, Maia without her children, to keep her safe from Anacrites.
Another glimpse into certain aspects of ancient life which I really liked. The focus in this installement is architecture and construction work. I learned ...more
It starts with the titular body in Falcos bathhouse in Rome, proceeds through the discovery of another in Britain (where Falco has taken his whole family, including wife, two small children, two grown brothers-in-law, a nephew, and a dog), and it ends up with the Roman body identified and avenged. Along the way, you learn more about first-century architecture and dentistry ...more
Nothing ever goes swimmingly for our protagonist and at the end of the first ...more
'A Body in the Bathhouse' is a proof to that little theory of mine - the plot is only mildly interesting (although it is better than in last couple of preceding volumes) and if forced to depend on its own merits, it is a rather unremarkable ...more
Really funny, well paced, and historically accurate with great details. Falco, the main character is witty without being overly quippy smarty toga. You have like a 'Man from Rome' who brings his wife, 2 small children, dog, nephews, lusty yet lazy Freedwoman and angry sister on a long trip by ship to the newly Romanized British Isles by order of the current Emperor. He and his wife make an interesting team and their relationship is healthy.
It is refreshing to ...more
I followed my friend and favorite detective Falco out of Ancient Rome to a construction site on a job commissioned by the emperor. The project is going no where and is hemorrhaging money. As he tries to unravel the problems of the project in a hostile environment, he uncovers a series of murders and finds himself in the crosshairs of the murderer or murderers.
In each Falco ...more
This book combines Davis' interest in home renovation and building contractors with the persistent interest in family and family relationships that have been her hallmark since the second book in the series.
Oh! the first part seems ...more
I had fun reading this book. I appreciated the list of characters at the beginning ...more