Marcus Didius Falco

20 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,781 ratings

The Silver Pigs Summary

One fine day, A.D. 70, Sosia Camillina quite literally runs into Marcus Didius Falco on the steps of the Forum. It seems Sosia is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after a quick and dirty rescue, P.I. Falco wants to know why.

Falco finds out that Sosia, the niece of a highly placed senator, holds the secret to a stockpile of silver pigs, ingots intended for no good use. Hoping for future favors from Sosia's powerful uncle, Falco embarks on an intricate case of smuggling, murder, and treason that reaches into the palace itself. And if he does not tread lightly, the treacherous puzzle of the silver pigs could buy him a one-way ticket to his own funeral pyre.

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  • Book 1

    • The Silver Pigs

    • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 1
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 410
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 294
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292

    One fine day, A.D. 70, Sosia Camillina quite literally runs into Marcus Didius Falco on the steps of the Forum. It seems Sosia is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after a quick and dirty rescue, P.I. Falco wants to know why.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Murder, Mystery and Mayhem in First Century Rome!

    • By Broadland Wanderer on 25-09-08

    Regular price: £18.49

  • Book 2

    • Shadows in Bronze

    • Falco, Book 2
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    I was the new boy, so they saddled me with the worst jobs.' Rome, AD 71. Against his better judgement, Falco secretly disposes of a decayed corpse for the Emperor Vespasian, then heads for the beautiful Bay of Naples with his best friend Petronius. He conveniently forgets to mention to his companion that this will be no holiday. They have been sent to investigate the murderous members of a failed coup, now sunning themselves in luxurious villas and on fancy yachts.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • good story, performed by pensioner!

    • By ms.A on 30-03-16

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 3

    • Venus in Copper

    • Falco, Book 3
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Lindsey Davis, Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    Rats are always bigger than you expect.' Falco, ancient Rome's hangdog investigator, hates sharing a cell with a rodent - though being bailed by his old mother is almost as embarrassing. His high-born girlfriend can't decide if she wants him, and Titus Caesar's reward for past services is a wet fish. Hoping for a better life, or at least a better apartment, he takes on new clients. On the elegant slopes of the Pincian Hill, three nouveau riche freedmen with two flashy wives are under siege by a clever redhead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Devious redhead

    • By Beady on 12-01-18

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 4

    • The Iron Hand of Mars

    • Falco, Book 4
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    "I’ve always wanted to see something of the Empire outside Rome." AD 71. Germania Libera: dark, dripping forests inhabited by bloodthirsty barbarians and legendary wild beasts, a furious prophetess who terrorises Rome, and the ghostly spirits of slaughtered Roman legionaries. Enter Falco, an Imperial agent on a special mission: to find the absconding commander of a legion whose loyalty is suspect.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Shame about the narrator!

    • By Roberta on 29-09-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 5

    • Poseidon’s Gold

    • Falco, Book 5
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    Your brother seemed to know what he was doing.' Rome, AD 72. Falco returns home from a six-month mission to the German legions. But trouble is in store for him: his apartment has been wrecked by squatters and an ex-legionary friend of his colourfully heroic brother Festus is demanding money, allegedly owed him as the result of one of Festus's wild schemes. Worse still, the only client Falco can get is his mother - who wants him to clear the family name.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Two Gods in One

    • By Beady on 21-11-17

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 6

    • Last Act in Palmyra

    • Falco, Book 6
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    I was just a freelance hero doing his best in a hard world.' The spirit of adventure calls Falco on a new spying mission for the Emperor Vespasian to the untamed East. He's picking up extra fees from his old friend Thalia the snake dancer as he searches for Sophrona, her lost water organist. With the Chief Spy Anacrites paying his fare, Falco knows anything can go wrong. A dangerous brush with the Brother, the sinister ruler of Nabataean Petra, sends Falco and his girlfriend Helena on a fast camel-ride to Syria.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Missing Christian Rodska

    • By jane on 10-02-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 7

    • Time to Depart

    • Falco, Book 7
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    "I still can't believe I've put the bastard away for good!" Petro muttered.' Petronius Longus, captain of the Aventine watch and Falco's oldest friend, has finally nailed one of Rome's top criminals. Under Roman law, citizens are not imprisoned but are allowed 'time to depart' into exile outside the Empire. One dark and gloomy dawn, Petro and Falco put the evil Balbinus aboard a ship. But soon after, an outbreak of robbery and murder suggests a new criminal ring has moved into Balbinus' territory.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Spoilt by the narrator

    • By Practical Lady on 03-03-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 8

    • A Dying Light in Corduba

    • The Falco Series, Book 8
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    It is 73 AD in Ancient Rome and inimitable sleuth Marcus Didius Falco is back with a vengeance. In one night, a man is killed and Rome's Chief of Spies left for dead. Naturally there is no one except Falco to conduct the investigation. Soon he is plunged into the fiercely competitive world of olive oil production. Political intrigue, an exotic Spanish dancer and impending fatherhood, all add to Falco's troubles.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Where is Christian Rodska?

    • By Nicola on 03-05-13

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 9

    • Three Hands in the Fountain

    • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 9
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    Marcus Didius Falco and his friend Petronius find their local fountain has been blocked - by a severed human hand. Soon other body parts are being found in the aqueducts & sewers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Favourite Falco

    • By Claire Kendall-Price on 04-10-15

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 10

    • Two for the Lions

    • Falco, Book 10
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    What did he eat last? Whom did he eat, in fact? Lumbered with working alongside reptilian Chief Spy Anacrites, Falco has the perfect plan to make money - he will assist Vespasian in the Emperor's 'Great Census' of AD 73. His potential fee could finally allow him to join the middle ranks and be worthy of long-suffering Helena Justina. Unexpectedly confronted with the murder of a man-eating lion, Falco is distracted from his original task, uncovering a bitter rivalry between the gladiators' trainers.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Poor choice of narrator

    • By Rob on 24-12-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 11

    • One Virgin Too Many

    • Falco, Book 11
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    "All the problems I know about are family ones." A frightened child approaches Roman informer Falco, pleading for help. Nobody believes Gaia's story that a relation wants to kill her--and neither does he. Beset by his own family troubles, by his new responsibilities as procurator of the sacred poultry, and by the continuing search for a new partner, Falco turns her away. Immediately he regrets it. Gaia has been selected as the new Vestal Virgin, and when she disappears Falco is officially asked to investigate.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Headline obligatory

    • By Rob on 08-12-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 12

    • Ode to a Banker

    • Falco, Book 12
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    "The first concern of an author is to do down his colleagues." In the long, hot Roman summer of AD 74, Falco, private informer and spare-time poet, gives a reading for his family and friends. Things get out of hand, as usual. The event is taken over by Aurelius Chrysippus, a wealthy Greek banker and patron to a group of struggling writers, who offers to publish Falco's work.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Inappropriate narrator, good story.

    • By Mary Carnegie on 15-11-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 13

    • A Body in the Bath House

    • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 13
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    Marcus Didius Falco discovers that rank brings problems, the most gruesome of which is a corpse buried under the tiles of his new bath house. The contractors have fled to Britain where, as the Fates have it, Falco is ordered. A local chief and ally of the Romans is having a Palace built by the Emperor Vespasian. However, the project is running late, and fatal accidents keep happening. Falco, troubleshooting for the Emperor, is without an ally and now next on the list for assassination.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Typically Brilliant

    • By John L. on 28-06-06

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 14

    • The Jupiter Myth

    • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 14
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    Marcus was hoping for a relaxed visit to Britannia. But things turn serious at the scene of a murder. King Togidubnus has been stuffed down a bar-room well - leading to a diplomatic situation which Marcus must resolve.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Part II of II

    • By Michelle on 25-11-09

    Regular price: £19.79

  • Book 15

    • The Accusers

    • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 15
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    Fresh from his trip to Britain, Falco needs to re-establish his presence in Rome. A minor role in the trial of a senator entangles him in the machinations of Silius Italicus and Paccius Africanus, two real-life lawyers at the top of their trade. These notorious ex-consuls play a dangerous game, where success brings rich pickings but a mistrial or a wrong verdict entails huge financial penalties.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not sure about the reader/narrator

    • By Anne on 13-12-10

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 16

    • Scandal Takes a Holiday

    • Falco, Book 16
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    This was a lonely place for anybody to be brought to die.' In the wealthy town of Ostia, our hero Falco appears to be enjoying a relaxing holiday. But when his girlfriend, Helena, arrives carrying a batch of old copies of the Daily Gazette - with the intention of catching up on the latest scandal - Falco is forced to admit to Petronius his real reasons for being there. 'Infamia', the pen name of the scribe who writes the gossip column for the Daily Gazette, has gone missing.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great escapism ,

    • By Colin on 05-04-15

    Regular price: £14.99

  • Book 17

    • See Delphi and Die

    • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 17
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    Greece, home of the ancient Olympic Games, is a favourite destination for Seven Sights Travel, a seedy company which provides escorted tours for wealthy travellers. When Marcus Didius Falco and Helena hear that a young girl and a newly-wed woman, both Roman visitors, have been murdered at Olympia, they both step in to investigate.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better then Remebered

    • By Michelle on 29-11-09

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 18

    • Saturnalia

    • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 18
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Christian Rhodska
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    It is the Roman holiday of Saturnalia. The days are short, the nights are for wild parties. A general has captured a famous enemy of Rome, and brings her home to adorn his Triumph as a ritual sacrifice. But the logistics go wrong.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • SATURNALIA & AUDIBLE, A GREAT MIX

    • By B. A. Chapman on 10-03-09

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 19

    • Alexandria

    • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 19
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant Falco!

    • By Liz on 02-08-09

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 20

    • Nemesis

    • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 20
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111

    In the high summer of AD 77, Marcus Didius Falco is beset by personal problems. Newly bereaved and facing unexpected upheavals, it is a relief for him to consider someone else’s misfortunes. A middle-aged couple who supplied statues to his father, Geminus, have disappeared. They had a feud with a bunch of notorious freedmen, the Claudii, who live rough in the pestilential Pontine Marshes, terrorising the neighbourhood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Darker Davis

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-06-10

    Regular price: £19.69