"The cast of characters is as various, corrupt, nasty and gnarled as the best of Dickens, described with similar scope and loving attention" (Mail on Sunday)
"Highly readable, funny and colourful." (TLS)
"Splendid ... mystery, pace and wit"
"Lindsey Davis doesn't merely make history come alive - she turns it into spanking entertainment, and wraps it around an intriguing mystery. She is incapable of writing a dull sentence"