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A lighter read than usual
on 18 September 2007
Saylor's Gordianus the Finder operates as a private detective in Rome during the unstable times that mark the end of the Republic. He has starred in a whole series of excellent novels.
This collection of short stories (I recognise two of them that have already been anthologised elsewhere) lacks the dark intensity that so often characterises the novels. Even where the subject is murder there is a lighter feel to them. There is also, in some of the stories at least, a predictability that lets the reader work out the twist in the tail long before he should. The overall result is a light, undemanding read: pleasant, and I don't regret having bought the book, but it's not what we have come to expect with Gordianus.