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Accidental purchase, surprisingly worthwhile,
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This review is from: Falco: The Official Companion (A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery) (Hardcover)
I bought this book by mistake: it is too easy with a Kindle to hit "Buy" instead of the "More information" I was aiming for. However, finding it immediately on my screen, and having just finished 'The Ides of April', I decided to press on and found it more compulsive reading than I had expected.
I think the subheading to the title: 'A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery', is extremely misleading, though. Verging on misrepresentation. This is not a mystery, and not even a continuous narrative. It's more like one of those featurettes that are sometimes included on DVDs -- The Making of Such and Such film.
However, as a longstanding follower of Falco -- though not an obsessive Davis 'fan' -- I was interested in the background to the writing of the books. More so than the Roman details. (I studied both Latin and Classical History, so a good deal of that was not new to me.) And I suppose it's inevitable that the successful author of more than 20 books, published all over the world, can sound a touch pleased with herself -- it comes with the territory.
As a book, I found it patchy. As I expect most readers will find, some of it was of much more interest to me than other bits. However, it is easy to dip into, and no hardship to skip topics. I am sure most Falco readers will find some insights of sufficient interest to justify the purchase, even if these are different things for different people.
Overall, for me, the most worthwhile discovery I made was that I was right to prefer the very first Falco mysteries -- maybe the first five or six -- and that I should go back and read them again forthwith.