Last Act in Palmyra (Falco 06) Paperback – 7 Aug 2008
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Falco's personality is now well established, and Helena has become more rounded as well. Their relationship is an interesting part of this tale, as here they are 'alone together' (so to speak) and reliant on one another in a way they would not be in Rome. This story seemed a bit weak to begin with, but it builds slowly, and becomes quite gripping. The self-contained group in which the couple find themselves for most of the book allow the author to play with the dynamics of such a company, allowing the loves, lies, stories and petty jealousies to slowly appear. This is all written really well, with a pace and style that are perfect for me. I'm looking forward to reading the next volume.
In the course of the narrative, it turns out that Falco has quite a literary/dramatic talent, and in fact wrote a first version of what later became Hamlet! The only problem was that he thought it a comedy, so perhaps that's why it had only one performance, but what a performance indeed!
I recommend this book for its descriptions of Roman life, and subtle humour, and not least the enduring love between the two leading characters.
I loved the travel hints. See Petra and die, etc. As a theatre lover I enjoyed all the theatrical jokes and the conformation that actors have been hams since way back when. Also that comics are quite often the most sinister characters. Falcon as always is a girl's dream man and his Helena a man's dream girl. I was thrilled and exhausted by the end of their journey. Can't wait to read the next one.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves detective stories laced with travel and terrible jokes. You will not be disappointed.
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Have read quite a few novels by this author, and am impressed by her considerable knowledge on all things Roman. Her wicked sense of humour has given me many a good chuckle.Published 5 months ago by PatriciaAnn
The person I bought it for was delighted, the packaging kept the book safe and sound but made it too big to fit through a standard sized post box. Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. McQuade