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See Delphi and Die: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery (Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries) Hardcover – May 30, 2006
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Falco and Helena (and Albia and Nux but not the children) are on a trip to Greece. A couple of young Roman women have died under mysterious circumstances while touring with Seven Sights, the shadiest operators you would ever want to meet. Somehow Aulus has become involved, so Helena's mother wants Falco to take care of things. Everyone on the tour is a suspect.
So much for the plot -- it's not bad but it's definitely not the high point of the book. The puppet strings are just a little bit too visible. The mystery is not compelling but neither is it completely pro forma. All the evidence is hidden in plain sight, and it was possible for the reader to figure it all out just about the same time that Falco did.
However, the cynical Falco dialogue is sparkling, and the characterization of Falco and Helena and their party is first rate. Davis seems to have found her voice again with the new, respectable Falco after struggling for several books while he made the transition into the landed gentry.
"Like most students, he was not at all surprised to find six people, some of whom he had never met before, fast asleep in his room. After the briefest of pauses, Gaius feigned an apology: 'Any friend of Uncle Marcus is ... an idiot.'"
The book is full of details about the grimy and sometimes slimy side of tourism, particularly tourism in a legendary but now backwater place like Roman-era Greece.Read more ›
Each book can be read separately from the rest of the series, but ideally the reader will start at the beginning, Silver Pigs. It is important to not miss Two for the Lions, which resolves threads from earlier volumes.
The Silver Pigs (1989)
Shadows in Bronze (1990)
Venus in Copper (1991)
The Iron Hand of Mars (1992)
Poseidon's Gold (1993)
Last Act in Palmyra (1994)
Time to Depart (1995)
A Dying Light in Corduba (1996)
Three Hands in the Fountain (1997)
Two for the Lions (1998)
One Virgin Too Many (1999)
Ode to a Banker (2000)
A Body in the Bath House (2001)
The Jupiter Myth (2002)
The Accusers (2003)
Scandal Takes a Holiday (2004)
See Delphi and Die (2005)
So, with Helena and their adopted daughter Alba, plus Glaucus, a bronzed would be athlete, son of Glaucus senior, and his two nephews, Gaius and Cornelius, Marcus heads off to Greece to track down the tourist party with its murdered member.
After visting Olympia (which is portrayed as resembling the aftermath of a music festival) and surviving an attack on his life whilst digging a little too deeply by Milo of Croton, they catch up with the party at Corinth and finally get to interview the tourist group (once authorised by the wet-behind-the-ears Aquillius Macer). There is Tiberius Sertorius Niger and his wife with two children, the middle-aged Helvia, the shabby Volcasius, Indus and Marinus, two old friends, Cleonyma and Cleonymus - the latter who ends up murdered fairly shortly afterwards - Minuca and Amaranthus and finally the recently deceased Turcianus Opimus.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In this 17th Falco book, Rome's private informer Marcus Didius Falco goes to Greece with wife and family members to investigate the death of a young wife. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nick Howes
Another enjoyable Lindsey Davis 'Falco' novel filled with interesting items of life, history and geography of the time, coupled with the drama of a detective story..Published 9 months ago by ClemC
A great mystery tale full of entertaining characters, local color and a nice travel log ;-) Combine author Lindsey Davis and reader Christian Rodska... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Wednesday
Other the bad proof reading: for.example the word 'die' used in place of 'the'. It was a good story and was as good as Lindsey's previous books. I have read most of the series.Published 18 months ago by Bill Carrell
I have just three more Falco mysteries to go before finishing the series. Obviously I love the Didius clan. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sherry Mazzetti
Great book, but this review isn't for that. This reviews is for the Kindle edition. Consistently terrible editing!!Published on August 11, 2014 by Amazon Customer
See Delphi and Die is one of the better books in the Falco series of stories. I found it to be an enjoyable read and interesting, even though it poked fun at the tourist industry... Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by I am Blind Man
Nice set of books, I gave the series to my husband for this past Christmas and he has already read all 20 of them. Read morePublished on May 13, 2014 by pame