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Alexandria: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 19 | [Lindsey Davis]

Alexandria: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 19

In Roman times, the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World held a deep fascination. Two of them were in Egypt: the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Lighthouse at Alexandria. Marcus Didius Falco's wife Helena Justina is determined to see them before her next confinement. Conveniently, he has an uncle with a house in Alexandria. For this innocent reason (he says) they sail to Egypt. As soon as they arrive in Alexandria, a suspicious death occurs at the famous Great Library.
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In Roman times, the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World held a deep fascination. Two of them were in Egypt: the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Lighthouse at Alexandria. Marcus Didius Falco's wife, Helena Justina, is determined to see them before her next confinement.

Conveniently, he has an uncle with a house in Alexandria. For this innocent reason (he says) they sail to Egypt. As soon as they arrive in Alexandria, a suspicious death occurs at the famous Great Library. The authorities rapidly hand Falco the investigation; he is, after all, the well-known informer from Rome and the Emperor Vespasian's fixer. He was one of the last to see the victim alive and, should the investigation fail, it is he who'll get the blame...

©2009 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Liz Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom 02/08/2009
    Liz Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom 02/08/2009
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    "Brilliant Falco!"

    I am a relative newcomer to the Falco series of novels. My introduction to Falco was the BBC serialisations on Radio 4, of which I am very fond. However I have found that the unabridged audio books are so much better!

    Lindsey Davis has managed to bring us another lively, witty and clever installment; with characters that are as fresh and interesting as in the "Silver Pigs", yet have developed and matured. Alexandria is perhaps not as laugh out loud funny as Saturnalia, but is an excellent listen all the same.

    Christian Rodska's narration of Alexandria and the other books in the series, brings MDF, Helena and the other characters to life with voices that are just so right!

    The combination of the novel and the narration make this a superb audiobook.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ronan Ely, United Kingdom 08/04/2012
    Ronan Ely, United Kingdom 08/04/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Mildly entertaining"

    Having read several of the Falco books, I am familiar with the style and I like the Falco character. I found this book was mildly entertaining but without ever generating any great interest, I finished it because I had started it but I think I will skip Falco for a while.

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    Rogayah 15/12/2009
    Rogayah 15/12/2009
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    "Guide book?"

    Unfortunately I was not able to enjoy this Falco story because I found the guide book like comments spoken by various characters who previously did not do such obvious Herodatus footnotes boring and far too educational.

    It is a pity that I have to conclude that Lindsey Davis has gone off the boil with her Falco series.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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