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A Roman journey across Europe to begin a "who done it"
on 18 July 2010
I just love this book. I own all of Lindsey Davis's books. This is my favourite by far. The 4th of the Falco novels, this one begins with a journey with such atmosphere I can join in with the trek. Having the book read to one, rather than having to read, allows the eyes to close, the lights to dim and one is transported to the realm of the author. Without having to constantly drag the brain back and forth from novel to the print, the 1st century come a deal closer. The imagery of the Celtic world constantly rubbing against the rule of Rome, is so much more exciting than the friction of paper rubbing the finger tips.
As readers of Lindsey Davis will know, there is always more than one sub-plot beneath the main story. This book will not disappoint. The author's keen interest in Roman archaeology ensures that there is a maximum of up to date detail included in the story as usual. With the her usual writing skill she weaves the plot to encompass the very latest discoveries of Roman technology, buildings, and artefacts.
It is as though every time a dig reveals a new glimpse back into the Roman era, Ms Davis readers know that Marcus Didius will be sent to incorporate the place or find into his travels.
If you have never heard of Roman MDF then you could do far worse than to let Donal Donnelly read this story to you. With more twists than a serpentine bracket, nearly as many plots as a small estate, and almost as many angles as there are Celts in the story, you could be dying to read the follow up book just like I was.