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Alexandria: (Falco 19) by Lindsey Davis

Alexandria: (Falco 19) (edition 2010)

by Lindsey Davis (Author)

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Title:Alexandria: (Falco 19)
Authors:Lindsey Davis (Author)
Info:Arrow (2010), 368 pages
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Alexandria by Lindsey Davis



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I didn't enjoy this book as much as had previous ones. There seemed to be too many set pieces which took place for the sake of the spectacle, rather than being believable. ( )
  paulmorriss | Dec 30, 2017 |
In this, the penultimate book featuring Marcus Didius Falco, (ah! how long have I waited to use this favourite word!) the whole family, all but Nux and Ma, head for Alexandria. Naturally as soon as Marcus arrives all hell breaks loose. The Librarian of the great library is found dead in a locked room. Everyone assumes Marcus is there for a Reason, as word gets around fast that he isn't just any old informer but is Vespasian's Primo Fix-it Man, so there is an odd mix of fear and defiance on the part of various officials at the Museon complex where the library is housed. Men in positions in the higher echelons vye for the role of Librarian. But there is more than a whiff of corruption, something suspicious, Marcus and Helena both suspect, is going on over and above the jockeying for the job, maybe something to do with scrolls. When Marcus's father shows up, the plot gets disturbingly murky, and Marcus knows he has to work fast to sort it all out or the repercussions could affect his entire family. A good one. ****
  sibyx | Nov 19, 2017 |
If this story had not been set in ancient Egypt it would have very little going for it. Whilst it was a murder mystery, my favourite genre, and the only reason I gave it three stars, it could have had a contemporary setting anywhere in the world. As an audiobook it was worth listening to, but was lacking as a story. ( )
  DCarlin | Jan 23, 2016 |
Against the backdrop of ancient Roman Alexandria, in the shadow of the Pharos lighthouse and the Great Library, Marcus Didius Falco undertakes a new murder investigation. Falco finds himself becoming uncomfortably familiar with the scholars of the library as he searches for the killer of the library head. Davis again delivers a first rate mystery while familiarizing the reader with the people and customs of the Egyptian city. Falco remains the observer of seedy living with his wry, often hilarious comments, with his wife Helena Justina at his side.in this 19th entry in the Falco series. Highly recommended. ( )
  NickHowes | Jan 3, 2016 |
A return to form after the rather confused and confusing Saturnalia. Lots of interesting background information; might even be worth re-reading. ( )
  gwernin | Jul 15, 2014 |
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To Michelle. With thanks for being an intrepid travel companion and guide, And apologies for the culture shock, the sandstorm, the closed museum and THAT airport.
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They say you can see the Lighthouse from thirty miles away.
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In first century A.D. Rome, during the reign of Vespasian, Marcus Didius Falco works as a private “informer,” often for the emperor, ferreting out hidden truths and bringing villains to ground. But even informers take vacations with their wives, so in A.D. 77, Falco and his wife, Helena Justina, with others in tow, travel to Alexandria, Egypt. But they aren’t there long before Falco finds himself in the midst of nefarious doings—when the Librarian of the great library is found dead, under suspicious circumstances.

Falco quickly finds himself on the trail of dodgy doings, malfeasance, deadly professional rivalry, more bodies and the lowest of the low—book thieves! As the bodies pile up, it’s up to Falco to untangle this horrible mess and restore order to a disordered universe.

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In A.D. 77, Marcus Didius Falco, agent to the Emperor Vespasian, investigates the mysterious death of the head librarian of the world-famous library of Alexandria, bringing him into immediate conflict with the darker side of academic life.

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