Venus in Copper
A Marcus Didius Falco MysteryMarcus Didius Falco Mysteries (Volume 3)
Rome, AD 71. Marcus Didius Falco is deperate to leave the notorious Lautumiae prison - though being bailed out by his mother is a slight indignity...
Things go from bad to worse though when a group of nouveau riche ex-slaves hire him to outwit a fortune-hunting redhead, whose husbands have a habit of dying accidently, leaving him up against a female contortionist, her extra-friendly snake, indigestible cakes and rent racketeers. And, all the while, trying to lure Helena Justina to live with him, a dangerous proposition given the notorius instability of Roman real estate. In a case of murder as complicated as he ever faced, this Lindsey Davis' classic tale Venus in Copper shows Falco at his very finest.
Rats are always bigger than you expect.
I heard him first: a sinister shuffle of some uninvited presence, too close for comfort in a cramped prison cell. I lifted my head.
My eyes had grown accustomed to near-darkness. As...
Praise for Venus in Copper
“Period details, humor and Falco's modern sensibility add up to another sterling performance from Davis.” —Publishers Weekly
“Falco's good-humored but intelligent narration provides a fascinating and authentic re-creation of a Rome bustling with activity... A wonderful escape.” —Library Journal
“Intriguing characters abound in this skillfully written, Chandleresque mystery that gives readers a peek at the seamy side of life in first-century Rome.” —School Library Journal