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Venus In Copper (Falco) (original 1991; edition 2011)

by Lindsey Davis

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Title:Venus In Copper (Falco)
Authors:Lindsey Davis
Info:Cornerstone Digital (2011), Kindle Edition, 324 pages
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Rating:***1/2
Tags:2012, detective story, UK fiction

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Roman private informer Marcus Didius Falco finds himself hired by a clan of nouveau riche ex-slaves to look into a suspicious woman who is worming into a relationship with the sole single member of the group. The mystery is excellent, the denouement bigger than usual for Falco mysteries, but, as always, the real treat is the background, a view of a corrupt street-level Rome that seems to match the madness of many of its emperors. Davis' casual distribution of paragraphs on such things as the layout of a feast or the variety of vendors on a busy street, are always impressive. ( )
  NickHowes | May 3, 2015 |
The historical who-dunnit can be an entertaining sub-genre, and certainly has made some money for people who like to research the past. LD has struck an amusing strain with the tales of M. Didius Falco. I don't regard this as one of the better Falcos but.... ( )
  DinadansFriend | Oct 13, 2013 |
This is the first post conspiracy novel and it focuses on what works: the relationships between the characters. Falco and Helena finally decide to kept dancing together to the joy of the reader. The plot is weaved into the characters struggle and emotions. The plot serves the characters development and it works. As in real life the villains do not always get what's coming to them and it's okay since the characters live to be happy another day, another week. ( )
  writerlibrarian | Apr 4, 2013 |
Third novel in the series. In this book Falco tries to solve the murder of a freedman, and investigates his fiancee, finding many secrets and getting involved with a few interesting characters. Like the other books in the series in fun to read. ( )
  alalba | Nov 11, 2012 |
Venus in Copper is the third in the series about Marcus Didius Falco. Falco decides to go back to working for private clients since the Palace doesn't pay his fees promptly or even at all. He needs funds in order to move up in the world but private clients are just as much trouble as Imperial ones. Lots of details about life in Rome, some interesting characters, and a murder to solve made this an enjoyable book. I do think this series may be best read in order starting with Silver Pigs.
  hailelib | May 18, 2012 |
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"Period details, humor and Falco's modern sensibility add up to another sterling performance from Davis."
added by bookfitz | editPublishers Weekly (Mar 2, 1992)
 
"Falco, as always a better adventurer than a detective, goes through all his customary high-jinks, described with all his customary self-infatuated facetiousness, en route to a denouement that implicates half of Imperial Rome in the killing."
added by bookfitz | editKirkus Reviews (Feb 1, 1992)
 

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González Trejo, HoracioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seibicke, ChristaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Delectably funny...A novel that gives new meaning to the term 'classic detective fiction.'"
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In 70 A.D. in ancient Rome, no one is a saint. Or so thinks Marcus Didius Falco, a private investigator first introduced in the award-winning SILVER PIGS, who's trying to prevent a murder before it happens. When every man a woman marries dies, Falco knows there's smoke and fire--and he'll stop at nothing to untangle the Gordion knot that proves it.

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In 70 A.D. in ancient Rome, no one is a saint. Or so thinks Marcus Didius Falco, a private investigator first introduced in the award-winning SILVER PIGS, who's trying to prevent a murder before it happens. When every man a woman marries dies, Falco knows there's smoke and fire--and he'll stop at nothing to untangle the Gordion knot that proves it.… (more)

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