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See Delphi and Die

(Marcus Didius Falco #17)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,359 ratings  ·  128 reviews
It's 76 A.D. during the reign of Vespasian, and Marcus Didius Falco has achieved much in his life. He's joined the equestrian rank, allowing him to marry Helena Justina, the Senator's daughter he's been keeping time with the past few years. But that doesn't mean all is quiet for Falco, Helena, and their two young daughters. 
By trade he is an informer, a man wh
Paperback, 354 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Arrow (first published 2005)
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Assaph Mehr
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: roman-detectives
An ancient tourism industry, which sometimes reads like other people's holiday slides

Expect a tale more meandering than the usual, as Falco travels around the Greek countryside chasing philosophers and their students, as well as visiting the Olympic games.

Be aware that while it's not necessary to read the books in order, it certainly helps; Falco's family life has evolved throughout the series, and play a big part in describing daily lives and plot points.

Assaph Mehr, author of Murder In Abse
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I liked the mystery aspect of this, but it was light on the historical part of the historical fiction. It felt a little too modern for the setting of Ancient Rome. This was a book challenge read and I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise.

The characters also felt modern and a little too stiff. But I liked that they all had purpose and it wasn't just a character parade. I was going to go with 3 stars, but I think I just talked myself into 2.
Simon Binning
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Falco series by Lindsey Davis tends to split into two halves; those set wholly in or near Rome, and those where she takes her hero to far-flung places. This volume sits firmly in the second camp. There is also a marked difference in atmosphere between the two halves - or is it just me? Although there are just as many murders or nefarious deeds in all the books, the travelling ones always seem lighter.
In this story, Falco's brother-in-law Aulus has disappeared while studying in Greece, and he
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it
The mystery portion of See Delphi and Die is essentially telegraphed fairly early in the narrative. Character is character and character will out. Yet, there are enough “red herrings” and unlikable characters throughout the novel that even when one senses the eventually exposed villain, the trip is worth taking. In fact, the trip is probably more worth taking than the peregrination through Greece that M.Didius Falco, wife, and nephews undertake. I’m sure that even during Vespasian’s reign there ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rome
Some of Davis' earlier works in her Falco series start off slowly, or peter out at the end, but not this one! Falco gets his case in the first sentence, "Marcus, you must help me!" and does not wrap it up until the last paragraph. Helena Justina makes a strong contribution, and it is fun seeing Albia grow into the family, knowing that Davis' next series will feature her.

The story appears to ramble, with a lot of touristing about and recitations by Helen Justina about history and mythology, but
Jan 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
I'm an easy sell for anything with an ancient setting, but this failed to impress. I beg leave to doubt that there really was a Roman mass-tourism industry, though I'm sure the great shrines and spas did have their guides and vendors and touts just as modern tourist attractions do. But never mind the setting; it's the plot that fails to impress, and as a whodunit it this is a complete flop. Oh, and did I mention the sloppy editing, which results in some sentences that are barely English? A turke ...more
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Falco, Helena and some of their folks set of to Greece in order to find out what happened to some members of a travelling group.

The mystery in this one was easy to solve, almost right from the beginning, but the atmosphere, the usual banter between the characters and my own nostalgia for this series made it an enjoyable read - nothing more but also nothing less.
Michelle Kemp
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
He’s a soft one that Didius Falco
Jemima Pett
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, historical
Another great Falco book, but a little slow to start. This time one of Helena’s brothers has been shipped off to Athens for higher education, but sends a letter home about some unexplained death. At the same time, another unexplained death has been brought to Falco’s attention. He takes the case, with a little prodding from an emperor’s aide, which at least means some expenses might be forthcoming, and sets off on a package tour to Athens, via Olympia (not in Olympic year, despite some confusion ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greece is the World

Our intrepid Roman gum-sandaled protagonist Marcus Didius Falco and his wife and partner in crime-solving Helena Justina travel to Greece to join a package tour group where the unexplained death of a member of the party mirrors that of another suspicious death three years earlier. Both young women, both belonging to the same tour company and both occurring in Olympia. In this entertaining jaunt Falco is accompanied by some of his extended family (plus Nux the dog), who provide
Andrew Doohan
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Our hero, Marcus Didius Falco, and his wife, Helena Justina, take a trip to Greece, to see the sites, visit sacred shrines...and to find a killer!

Prompted by familial commitments, Falco and entourage visit all the sites that one might expect to visit during first century Greece - Olympia, Corinth, Delphi, Athens - in search of a killer who had been preying on young women who were also travelling. Venturing into the world of 'budget travels and tours', we discover not only the identity of the kil
Bronco Mania
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am no Roman historian nor do I want to be. I know enough about the time period to be dangerous and that gave me enough background knowledge to appreciate the setting of the book. The plot is your typical murder mystery, but set in the Roman time period. There were enough twists and turns to keep it interesting without it falling into such a complicated story that I couldn't follow it. All in all, I enjoyed the book enough that I'll try to find some of the other Falco books (this is only the se ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Falco and Helena Justina are traveling again. This time they head to Greece to investigate the deaths of 2 Roman women travelers and also to check into Aulus, Helena’s brother who is supposedly studying law in Athens. It is always funny how much they are willing to travel while also how awful traveling was in the first century. In any case even tho they leave their young daughters behind they are accompanied by 2 of Falco’s nephews as well as Glaucus, his trainer’s son. Olympus, Corinth, Athens ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Falco is asked by a grieving father to search for an answer to his daughter's death while on a tour. Now Falco's brother-in-law has gone AWOL from his supposed trip to Athens to study law and a young bride was killed on his tour- run by the same man. Who killed them and why? And mom-in-law wants her son found. Falco finds the murderer (and b-i-law) at the end but explanations are somewhat lacking. Otherwise who knew that there were tour groups in the first century AD? ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Falco and wife go to Greece to investigate the deaths of two young women. They follow a travel company and see many temples and statues. More deaths follow and around and around they go. We get to know a couple of Falco's nephews a bit more. Sometimes you have to really concentrate to keep up with all the characters and the Roman names. Their girls stay at home in Roma with Julia Justa. Take a trip to Greece in the 70 AD times. ...more
P.D.R. Lindsay
One of the funniest of the Falco series. Poor man hates leaving Rome and his comments on other countries and cultures is most unPC and hilarious.

Anyone who hasn't enjoyed a Falco novel is missing a lot. Start with the first and work your way through. You'll be amazed at the history you'll learn and how much fun a Roman investigator can be.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed my visit with Falco and company as usual, but the ending for this one was... abrupt, and in some ways made me feel the whole book was a set up for the last line. "Don't eat the stew" indeed. Still, looking forward to the next in the series, though I'm getting close to the end, which will be a sad day. ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the Falco series set in ancient Rome. Though the detective has rather modern sensibilities, the whole series is fun. Falco and Helena, with assorted characters from their families, travel on the tourist route through Greece. Fun and with the MeToo movement pertinent.
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very readable. I find Falco an amusing almost comic character.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Probably would have given this 5 stars, except I found the mythology parts hard to follow and a bit boring.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The last line is killer.
Dan Hyer
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Greece. Centered around the temples and the Olympic events. I enjoyed the story, but found the conclusion of this one to be a bit of letdown.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lindsey-davis
Sudden but one envisions a successful ending
Suzanne Walker
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This is a reread. Part of a really clever series but not my favourite offering.
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I remember I started to read that once, and then mislaid this book, and forgot about it... what a dreadful mistake. I found it again and finished it, and liked it a lot.
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Best ending so far!
Mark Sutcliffe
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Always worth reading
Rachael Krotec
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow Davis always writes a book that features both the levity and tragedies of life. Always a delight!
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good mystery with a grisly ending. Love this series.
Jul 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction and mystery fans
I really struggled to stay interested in this story. I have usually enjoyed Lindsay Davis' Marcus Didius Falco books but this one just did not grab me. Perhaps since this is #17 in the series, Davis has lost some of her own freshness.

In this book, Davis takes the opportunity to make fun of the travel industry, though I seriously doubt there was one in Falco's time. Falco's wife, Helena Justina, has a somewhat egotistical brother who is off to Athens to study law and is doing some touring under t
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Lindsey Davis, historical novelist, was born in Birmingham, England in 1949. Having taken a degree in English literature at Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall), she became a civil servant. She left the civil service after 13 years, and when a romantic novel she had written was runner up for the 1985 Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize, she decided to become a writer, writing at first romanti ...more

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