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The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis
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The Silver Pigs (1989)

by Lindsey Davis

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Series: Marcus Didius Falco (1)

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1,862585,286 (3.87)138
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    Medicus by Ruth Downie (ianturton)
    ianturton: If you like roman detective stories like this one you'll love this one too.
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    The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Although one is Greece-esque fantasy and the other is a Roman-era mystery, both share scrappy, compelling characters in the form of Gen and Marcus Didius Falco.
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    The Course of Honour by Lindsey Davis (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: The Course of Honour is a more autobiographical and reminiscing work than the rompy mystery of The Silver Pigs, and Davis' love for the story of Emperor Vespasian and freed slave Antonia Caenis shines. Vespasian and Antonia are background in The Silver Pigs, and The Course of Honour allows Ms. Davis to finally give this fascinating pair their historical due.… (more)
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    Ovid by David Wishart (ryn_books)
    ryn_books: Book one of the Marcus Covinus mysteries, which are also set in Rome and also first person private eye noir,
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As much fun as I remembered it being. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
A fun idea -- a hardboiled Roman detective, Didius Falco. This being the first in the series, it wasn't completely in focus, but certainly a pleasant romp that didn't merely show off the author's research. ( )
  Jolly_Holiday | Mar 30, 2018 |
The Silver Pigs are about silver ingots from Britain. Let’s just get that out of the way. At first, I felt like I was trudging through all of the -ius and -iums (& I even took Latin in HS!), but once accustomed to it, the story flew. It was enjoyable to get everything from the protagonist's POV, even if it was wrong or misogynistic at times- just showed how flawed the character was.

Falco, the main character, is a pretty affable guy; you know that the first few pages, but Lindsey Davis has him growing even in this first book, his character expands to different levels and options in life. Oh, and the Tracy/Hepburn romance is fun to experience in ancient Britain/Rome. Overall, this was a very satisfying mystery and I’ll be picking up the next one in the series, if only to see where Didius Falco goes next. ( )
  lollyletsgo | Aug 10, 2017 |
Rome, 70 AD. Marcus Didius Falco is a private informer, working for anxious citizens who have doubts about their wives, or trying to solve minor thefts. When he helps a well-bred girl evade some villainous pursuers one day in the Forum, he realises it could signal the beginning of a case worth investigating. But a simple matter of attempted abduction swiftly becomes more complicated. Before Falco can say ‘three-pipe problem’, he’s involved in a murder case that’s spiced with a little bit of treason on the side, and garnished with an illegal stockpile of silver ingots (‘pigs’) from the Imperial mines in Britannia. To identify the traitors, Falco reluctantly returns to the scene of his youthful escapades in the army, in the grim south-western corner of that same Britannia...

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2017/05/04/the-silver-pigs-lindsey-davis/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Jun 3, 2017 |
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Lindsey Davisprimary authorall editionscalculated
Edwards, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
González Trejo, HoracioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
González Trejo, HoracioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gonzez Trejo, HoracioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodska, ChristianNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Trejo, Horacio GonzálezTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When the girl came rushing up the steps, I decided she was wearing far too many clothes.
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I took all of my sisters and a dozen small children to watch Vespasian's Triumph. For that alone my soul deserves quiet rest in Elysian fields.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031235777X, Mass Market Paperback)

When Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman "informer" who has a nose for trouble that's sharper than most, encounters Sosia Camillina in the Forum, he senses immediately all is not right with the pretty girl. She confesses to him that she is fleeing for her life, and Falco makes the rash decision to rescue her--a decision he will come to regret. For Sosia bears a heavy burden: as heavy as a pile of stolen Imperial ingots, in fact. Matters just get more complicated when Falco meets Helena Justina, a Senator's daughter who is connected to the very same traitors he has sworn to expose. Soon Falco finds himself swept from the perilous back alleys of Ancient Rome to the silver mines of distant Britain--and up against a cabal of traitors with blood on their hands and no compunction whatsoever to do away with a snooping plebe like Falco….

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"The Silver Pigs" is the classic novel which introduced readers around the world to Marcus Didius Falco, a private informer with a knack for trouble, a tendency for bad luck, and a frequently incovenient drive for justice. When Marcus Didius Falco encounters the young and very pretty Sosia Camillina in the Forum, he senses immediately that there is something amiss. When she confesses that she is fleeing for her life, Falco offers to help her and, in doing so, he gets himself mixed up in a deadly plot involving stolen ingots, dangerous and dark political machinations, and, most hazardous of all, one Helena Justina, a brash, indominable senator's daughter connected to the very traitors that Falco has sworn to expose.… (more)

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