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Scandal Takes A Holiday Hardcover – 3 Jun 2004

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Century; First edition (3 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712625879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712625876
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 16th of Lindsey Davis's fluent, funny Roman thrillers, Scandal Takes a Holiday puts official informer Falco to work searching for a missing journalist in the bustle of Rome's port, Ostia. As everyone keeps telling Falco, there are no pirates any more--the emperors put a stop to them for good--and yet somehow the old pirate havens of Illyria and Cilicia are just as prosperous as ever and rich, retired old men from both regions seem to fetch up in Ostia, along with gangsters, kidnappers and assassins.

The usual members of Falco's extended family are along for the investigation--the fact he has had to hire a seaside apartment does not escape those anxious to escape a Roman summer--and as always much of the book's charm comes from Falco's endless romance with his clever, posh wife Helena. This is also the book in which Falco finally meets the one uncle that no-one ever talks about; this is not one of the most profound of the Falco books (which can sometimes add seriousness and poignancy to their other virtues) but it is an entertaining and intelligent puzzle that, as always, tells us things we didn't know about Roman life. --Roz Kaveney

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"… an entertaining mystery" -- Sunday Telegraph

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Format: Paperback
The perfect companion for all Roman history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

A very enjoyable romp through Ostia, the port of Rome, as Falco searches for the missing gossip columnist for the Roman daily newspaper. Throw in a few dodgy pirates, and anything might happen!

This is I think the sixteenth book in the series - and they never pall. Lindsey Davis makes the reader feel as if they have landed back to Ancient Rome because her descriptions of day to day living are so vivid and visual. The ancient port city is so vividly described that you can smell the salt air and hear the gulls cry. Falco is one of my all-time favourite detectives - and this adventure reveals a lot more about all the old crew.
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Once more Marcus Didius Falco, informer, sleuth, husband, father, and member of a vast and annoying family ("typical Italian") is out on a work assignment, this time in Ostia, the harbour of Ancient Rome. As usual, the plot is gripping and the story well told (I freely admit that I am a Falco aficionado), and as usual I am impressed by how well Ms. Davis researched the historical background of her story (pirates in the Meditteranean).
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Lindsey Davis has weaved another spell for her reader. Falco is back at his best surrounded by (and hindered) by his family. there are many authors writing crime in this format and most of them do it very well, but Lindsey Davis is still the best. There is something about Falco that endears him to the reader. The sights and sounds of Ancient Rome leap off the page at you. I have not said anything about the plot of the book, why spoil it. JUST READ THE BOOK, YOU'LL LOVE IT.
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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2004
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Lindsey Davis has weaved another spell for her reader. Falco is back at his best surrounded by (and hindered) by his family. there are many authors writing crime in this format and most of them do it very well, but Lindsey Davis is still the best. There is something about Falco that endears him to the reader. The sights and sounds of Ancient Rome leap off the page at you. I have not said anything about the plot of the book, why spoil it. JUST READ THE BOOK, YOU'LL LOVE IT.
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I think there's a reason why Conan Doyle made his Great Detective a solitary: imagine Sherlock Holmes chasing the Hound of the Baskervilles surrounded by wife, daughters, mother, father, uncles cousins and in-laws plus friends and THEIR relatives. And ione would have thought pirates, by Vespasian's times, would be an occasional possible disturbance, not a threat as in the times of Pompet the Great and Julius Caesar. Gossip under the bad emperors could earn you a visit to the circus, and not a spectator. Frankly, sometimes the tramsposition of mopdern customs in ancient times seems inappropriate. And we don't approve of Ms Davis homophobia. She calls normal homoerotic orientatiom a perversion" this is incorrect, even in Rome. Only overt passive effeminacy was frowned upon.
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I always enjoy Falco stories and this was no exception. I enjoy the humor and the insights into Roman times. I'm looking forward to the next one.
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holiday kindle read, good value when bought electronically and can be bought from overseas, the med was a good place to read this roman book
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Again a book I could not put down, Linsdsey Davies is a brilliant author I would reccomend any one to read the falco series.
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