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  • Unknown Binding: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Scorpion (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873567189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873567180
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Lindsey Davis has written nineteen novels, beginning with The Course of Honour, the love story of the Emperor Vespasian and Antonia Caenis. Her bestselling mystery series features laid-back First Century detective Marcus Didius Falco and his partner Helena Justina, plus friends, relations, pets and bitter enemy the Chief Spy. Her books are translated into many languages and serialised on BBC Radio 4. Past Chair of the Crimewriters' Association and a Vice President of the Classical Association, she has won the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Dagger in the Library, and a Sherlock award for Falco as Best Comic Detective. She was born in Birmingham but now lives in London.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jun 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the seventh, and one of the most entertaining, in a series of excellent detective stories set in Vespasian's Roman Empire and featuring the informer Marcus Didius Falco. Informers in ancient Rome were something between a private detective and a government spy.

At the start of the book, in Autumn of 72 AD, Falco and his girlfriend Helena Justina have just arrived back in Rome after the mission to the middle east described in "Last Act in Palmyra" to find that Falco's friend Petro has finally managed to obtain the evidence required to get a prominent local crimelord sentenced to exile. They put the miscreant, the un-aptly named Balbinus Pius, on a boat at the Roman port of Ostia and hope to never see him again.

Also at the start of the book, Falco finds that Helena Justina is pregnant again, having miscarried their child in an earlier book. Falco wants to marry her, but to obtain the status to marry a senator's daughter he needs to obtain promotion from plebian rank (the lowest grade of freeborn Roman) to at least the equestrian (middle class) order, a promotion which Domitian Caesar has already refused.

But before he can get too concerned about this, people who were invovled in sending Balbinus into exile start turning up dead in suspiscious circumstances. Has he really gone - and can Falco and Petro find out who is killing the witnesses before he works round to them?

I initially tried this series because I had enjoyed the "Cadfael" mediaeval detective stories by Ellis Peters. Where Cadfael is excellent, Falco is brilliant.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Sep 2006
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This is the seventh novel in the mystery series featuring Marcus Didius Falco, an informer and sleuth in Rome at the time of Vespasian. A series of books that have become hugely popular, so much so that the author is now at the forefront of historical mystery writers. It was probably a stroke of genius on her part to have novels that are extremely well researched and contain all the elements that would be and should be found in the Roman world of circa AD70, but to have a lead character who has the vocabulary of a present day New York cop. In this the seventh novel Falco and Helena Justina almost seem like long lost relations to the reader.

Time to Depart the title of this latest offering from Lindsey Davis is quite a poignant phrase. If a Roman citizen committed a crime they were not confined to prison but in the true sense of the words they were given time to depart from the Roman Empire and very few were ever allowed to return. Exile was considered to be the worst punishment possible for a Roman. Falco is on the quay at Ostia. "It is Time to Depart" for one of Rome's most famous criminals and Falco and his friend, Petronius are there to see that it actually happens.

In this book Lindsey Davis has allowed Falco to remain within the confines of his beloved Rome. Working with his oldest friend Petronius Longinus, Captain of the Aventine Watch. There has been an outbreak of robberies and murder in the city and Falco and Petro pool their resources to try to get to the bottom of them. At the same time Falco is looking for a new place to live for himself and Helena. He believes that in a few months time their old apartment will not be big enough for them
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan 2000
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This is the first Lindsey Davis book which I read. I picked it up at the airport for a light read on a long-haul flight. It is an enthralling read, as are all her books; a real page turner. With her usual mixture of suspense, comedy (sometimes slapstick) and great historical detail, she really brings ancient Rome to life.
Still my favourite, maybe because it was the first which I read, maybe because it's the only one so far which read to be set in the city of Rome (all others being set in the provinces).
Highly recommended.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 2001
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Lindsey Davis just keeps getting better! I have read and loved the entire Falco series to date and this one was one of my favourites. The whole series is well researched and believable. I found myself unable to put this one down and finished it in one long, long session!. Buy it and keep it.
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By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Feb 2008
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This is the seventh novel in the mystery series featuring Marcus Didius Falco, an informer and sleuth in Rome at the time of Vespasian. A series of books that have become hugely popular, so much so that the author is now at the forefront of historical mystery writers. It was probably a stroke of genius on her part to have novels that are extremely well researched and contain all the elements that would be and should be found in the Roman world of circa AD70, but to have a lead character who has the vocabulary of a present day New York cop. In this the seventh novel Falco and Helena Justina almost seem like long lost relations to the reader.

Time to Depart the title of this latest offering from Lindsey Davis is quite a poignant phrase. If a Roman citizen committed a crime they were not confined to prison but in the true sense of the words they were given time to depart from the Roman Empire and very few were ever allowed to return. Exile was considered to be the worst punishment possible for a Roman. Falco is on the quay at Ostia. "It is Time to Depart" for one of Rome's most famous criminals and Falco and his friend, Petronius are there to see that it actually happens.

In this book Lindsey Davis has allowed Falco to remain within the confines of his beloved Rome. Working with his oldest friend Petronius Longinus, Captain of the Aventine Watch. There has been an outbreak of robberies and murder in the city and Falco and Petro pool their resources to try to get to the bottom of them. At the same time Falco is looking for a new place to live for himself and Helena. He believes that in a few months time their old apartment will not be big enough for them
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