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See Delphi and Die

A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery

Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries

Lindsey Davis

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It’s A.D. 76 during the reign of Vespasian, and Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman “informer,” has achieved much in his life. He’s joined the equestrian rank, allowing him to marry Helena Justina, the Senator’s beloved daughter. But now he’s just been hired to undergo a dangerous mission: to pry his brother-in-law Aulus, a scholar on the way to study in Athens, away from a murder investigation involving two dead women at the ancient site of the Olympic Games. Traveling to Greece under the guise of being tourists, Falco and Helena visit the country’s classic sites in order to investigate the suspicious goings-on and shady dealings of Seven Sights, a fly-by-night travel agency. What begins as a risky expedition becomes sinister when Aulus, too, goes missing.  Lindsey Davis' See Delphi and Die is Falco’s most complex and high-stakes case yet.

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Chapter One  'Marcus, you must help me!'  I am a private informer, a simple man. I was stunned by this dramatic plea. My silk-clad, scented mother-in-law rarely needed anything from me. Suddenly the noble Julia Justa sounded like one of my clients.  All I wanted that evening was a better dinner than I could expect at home, where - not for the first time - I had made a bad mistake in buying a cook. Julia Justa had already enjoyed herself that night reviewing my dismal record in acquiring household slaves. In return for the dinner I would also have to put up with barbed comments about
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Praise for See Delphi and Die

“Davis makes Rome live.”
Washington Post Book World
 
“Davis has mastered the art of …blending humor with history.”—Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Elegant and intelligent…A bittersweet solution that’s a tribute to the complexity and depth of this series.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Marvelous…If Sam Spade traveled back in time to A.D. 76 he’d be Marcus Didius Falco.”—Booklist 
“Every book in this series is a delight, the characters so finely drawn that they have become good friends and the plots so unusual and frothy with humor that it comes as a surprise when the climax is so shocking and original.”—Library Journal (starred review)
 
“[A] vivid picture of life in A.D. 76… Sparkling characterizations.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“A delight, combining suspense with a fascinating look at ancient Rome’s manners and morals.”—San Diego Union-Tribune on Silver Pigs
 
“Wickedly convoluted… Falco’s facetious tongue and domestic complications are the real fun.”—Time

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Lindsey Davis

  • Lindsey Davis was born and raised in Birmingham, England. After taking an English degree at Oxford and working for the civil service for thirteen years, she “ran away to be a writer.” Her internationally bestselling novels featuring ancient Roman detective Marcus Didius Falco include Venus in Copper, The Iron Hand of Mars, Nemesis and Alexandria. She is also the author of Rebels and Traitors, set during the English Civil War. Davis is the recipient of the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, the highest accolade for crime writers, as well as the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award and the Authors' Club Best First Novel award.
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    See Delphi and Die

    A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery

    Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries

    Lindsey Davis

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