- 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)
Scandal Takes A Holiday Hardcover – 3 Jun 2004
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a well-written story, with several sub-plots. I was mesmerized and thrilled as I read this book!Published 4 months ago by Terry Wanless
Re-reading the series and enjoying them just as much second time round.Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Jean Pa Young
like all of Lyndsey Davis books in the Falco series it is fascinating. This one is set in a port and the 'informer' is commissioned to find a missing editor of the scandal column... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jo Varma
A competent mystery. Anyone who likes the Falco series will enjoy this jaunt to Ostia.Published 8 months ago by Mr R A L Smith
This is all such fun, particularly as I was in Ostia last year. The harbour has not changed much I suspect, still full of folk making a living out of tourists. Read morePublished 10 months ago by H. K. Wright