on 4 May 2016
This is an excellent addition to a great series. In this episode, Falco is gradually going up in the world; now more financially secure, with an official - though somewhat comic - official position, he is trying to build a more substantial life. He is still having to deal with various family problems, particularly following the death of his brother in law, and Helena is up to something.
He is visited by a young girl asking for his help, but turns her down, and comes to regret it. It turns out she is a candidate for selection as a Vestal Virgin, and when she goes missing, he is ordered by the palace to find her. He is drawn into the murky world of the ancient priesthoods - and one family in particular. The story is excellent, and although one or two of the twists and turns are easy to work out, others come as a bit of a surprise. It is, as usual, well written with a good dash of humour.
on 15 January 2014
Lindsey Davis brings the Roman world to life with her Falco series. This is a very well researched and well written book. The Falco series is very addictive and, at times, difficult to put down. This instalment is no different to the rest. My advice is BUY IT and READ IT as you will not regret it.
on 26 September 2012
Once again a cracking read from Lindsey Davis as Marcus Didius Falco solves another mystery in Ancient Rome. This time the case centres on a small girl who thinks someone in her family is out to kill her. This is no ordinary family however as it involves the Vestal Virgins and other members of the Roman priesthood. As usual, Davis, has carried out her background research in detail and not only is this book a detective mystery, it could also be a treatise into Roman religion