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Alexandria The new Falco novel finds Lindsey Davis s First Century detective Marcus Didius Falco and his partner Helena Justina investigating crime in the famous city of AlexandriaFor Marcus Didius Falco, agent to the Emperor Vespasian, Alexandria holds fascination and a hint of fear Beautiful, historic and famously unruly, the great cosmopolitan city wears Roman rule lightly While his wife, Helena Justina, wants to see the Lighthouse and the Pyramids, Falco has a mission at the Great Library that soon turns out to involve much than stock taking its innumerable scrollsA mysterious death in the library brings him into conflict with the darker side of academic life With forensic science in its infancy, even an illegal autopsy fails to find real answers To solve the crime for the Roman Prefect if indeed it is a crime Falco will have to draw on his own doggedness and intuition, at first supported only by Helena s commonsense and the loyal backup of her brother Aulus, who goes undercover as a student among the in fighting academics The philosophers hunger after fame and fortune so ruthlessly there is soon another terrifying death, this time at the royal zooIt so happens that his Uncle Fulvius is living in Alexandria with his partner Cassius Their involvement in local affairs already seems shady when they are joined by their crony, Falco s father, Geminus, a man well known for disreputable business practices If the irrepressible Pa has had a hand in events at the library, Falco knows he stands no chance

About the Author: Lindsey Davis

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 romantic serials for the UK women s magazine Woman s Realm.Her interest in history and archaeology led to her writing a historical novel about Vespasian and his lover Antonia Caenis The Course of Honour , for which she couldn t find a publisher She tried again, and her first novel featuring the Roman detective , Marcus Didius Falco, The Silver Pigs, set in the same time period and published in 1989, was the start of her runaway success as a writer of historical whodunnits A further nineteen Falco novels and Falco The Official Companion have followed, as well as The Course of Honour, which was finally published in 1998 Rebels and Traitors, set in the period of the English Civil War, was published in September 2009 Davis has won many literary awards, and was honorary president of the Classical Association from 1997 to 1998.

10 thoughts on “Alexandria

  1. says:

    On another family vacation, Falco visits the famous library.Expect a humorous review of academic life amidst the usual murders and family complications 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

  2. says:

    Lindsey Davis is well known for her Marcus Didius Falco historical mysteries and this one is number nineteen in the series From the back cover In A D 77 Marcus Didius Falco, private informer and stalwart Roman citizen, undertakes one of the most fearsome tasks known to man he goes on vacation with his somewhat pregnant wife, Helena Justina, and their family They travel to Alexandria, Egypt,

  3. says:

    It is always a pleasure to go traipsing about the ancient Roman Empire with Marcus Didius Falco and his partner in life and detection, Helena Justina This time, we re all in Alexandria because Helena Justina wants to see the Great Pyramid of Giza before she gives birth to their third child.Of course, where Falco goes, mysterious deaths seem to follow and so it is in Alexandria, even in the halls of

  4. says:

    Marcus Didius Falco is on a family holiday again this time in Alexandria I say holiday, but as usual, things don t go entirely to plan It s not long before he gets involved in the murky world surrounding the famous library, and it s somewhat isolated and eccentric staff.I will say straightaway, that the Falco books which are set away from Rome can be a little formulaic It can seem that the author changes the

  5. says:

    I am a big fan of Falco and Lindsey Davis mystery novel set in Roman times However, I do not think this was one of my favourite books of the series It had such a promising premise library, Alexandria, Egypt but the story seemed kind of flat at some point Nevertheless, the characters make up for the story and I love the wit gently offered by Falco s wife Helena Justina I also like her brother Aulus and Marcus and Hele

  6. says:

    I like historical fiction, and the Roman empire, but when this turned into a locked room mystery I gave up The significance between Roman vs Egyptian locks looked like it would take up too much page space.

  7. says:

    Another great story

  8. says:

    Something different It has been awhile since I read a mystery, but I have always enjoyed them, working my way through Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle when I was still a child I was lured to read the work of Lindsey Davis by a review at Barnes and Noble Her work is set in ancient Rome, and well researched I am always game for exotic locales and history The gumshoe of her novels is Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman citizen and informer for the

  9. says:

    Alexandriaby Lindsey Davis Century Set in Roman times the story tells how Marcus Didius Falco, the Emperor s fixer, and his wife Helena Justina, who is expecting their next child, visit Falco s Uncle in Alexandria Helena is anxious to see two of the Seven Wonders of the World However, almost as soon as they arrive, there is a suspicious death in the Great Library and Falco is asked investigate During the investigation another body is found I found this

  10. says:

    Probably just me, but I found book 19 a trifle bit tired compared to earlier books in the series Or maybe I m ready, like Falco, to get back to Rome and the familiar faces there.Still a great read, especially for those of us who work in libraries and can get vicarious laughs at the all too familiar trials and tribulations of librarians working at the Library of Alexandria And yes, like one of the previous reviewers, I was definitely getting Hitchcockian vibes w

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