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See Delphi And Die: (Falco 17) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2006

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (1 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009944528X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099445289
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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See Delphi and Die is built, like several of Lindsay Davis' recent episodes of the adventures of her Roman private detective Falco, around the fact that the ancient world had a surprising number of versions of amenities we consider modern. Here, for example, we get the Roman tourist industry, with the newly rich and the old gentry buying package trips that might last for years, and that take them to the games at Olympia, to the oracle at Delphi and to the sights of Athens. When young women on these tours start turning up dead, Falco persuades the authorities to let him investigate. This is a classic whodunit as well as a Classical one--we get to know the tour party well and follow Falco and his wife Helena Justina as they piece together the inconsistencies and untruths in everyone's stories.

Like many of Lindsay Davis' books, See Delphi and Die is inventive in the twists and turns of its plot and includes one of the nastier last page twists of narrative she has ever imagined. The only real weakness here is that over seventeen books, Davis has built up a large cast of supporting characters and has to find in every book tasks for some of them to do, producing rather too many red herrings in the process. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Modern, exciting and plausible" (Sunday Times)

"As always, Davis weaves a plot full of humour, surprises and domestic irony" (Times Literary Supplement)

"Well-paced, with clever twists to keep the reader guessing ... this instalment shows that the quality of Lindsey Davis's writing is still high" (Times Literary Supplement)

"Like visiting old friends in a familiar and endearing, if sometimes bizarre, environment. Jokes and skulduggery crowd the pages" (Guardian)

"Evocative ... Reassuringly modern ... It is little wonder that so many find it pleasant and undemanding to go on holiday with this version of Philip Marlowe in a toga" (Times Literary Supplement)

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Format: Hardcover
When Falco had been asked to see what he could find out about the death of a young bride on a Greek tour, he wisely refused but fate in the form of his mother in law intervened when she asked him to find her son.
Given that this is the 17th outing for Falco, you could have forgiven Lindsey Davis for coming up with a weaker story but it isn't. The story is interesting as a travelogue through an area of the ancient world not often covered - Romano Greece. Not that we ought to take the story as gospel for Ms Davis has Falco give his usual cynical twist on events rather than follow 'proper' history slavishly. Despite this humourous overlay, the mystery of the disappearing brides leads to a truly shocking finale!
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Format: Hardcover
Still a Falco novel by Ms Davis that is not her best is still great fun and well worth the price. It seems to me that this may have been a bit of a filler in the series, a chance to mature Albia and Aulus for future plots and to introduce us to some more of the Falco's family. Or was it a way for the author to vent her spleen at some poor travel firm that ruined her holidays? I'm sure she has form for this sort of thing with plumbers......I may just miss the encounters with the Imperial family too much maybe I should stick to Robert Graves for a while? Still despite my disappointment Ms Davis has hooked me for her next novel, I can't wait - I really want to tell you why but if your a fan like me and haven't read this novel yet you wouldn't forgive me, ah well until next year.
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Lindsey Davies' Marcus Didius Falco series has deservedly been perhaps the longest running series of ancient Roman detective fiction, a genre she helped pioneer, but an unfortunate consequence of that longevity has been a tendency for the quality in some of the latter stories to vary. Initially that doesn't seem to be the problem here as her private informer (who naturally possesses more integrity than his rivals despite his cynicism) is taken out of his element when he's tasked by a grieving father to find out who murdered his daughter and left her for dead at Olympus on a guided tour of the Olympic site. But while it's a fascinating look at the burgeoning package holiday business in the Empire that shows Davies customary mixture of historical research and enjoyable down-to-Earth observations that make it come alive, it takes an incredibly long time for Falco to reach his destination and then almost as long to get round to doing any detecting. What's worse is that when he does, despite the suspects being well integrated into the fabric of the time and the place, it's never as interesting as the background, giving the book a lack of urgency and the feeling of something you dip in and out of rather than consume avidly from cover to cover. Still, if it's not one of her best it's still a decent entry that's better than most of her rivals and the unabridged audiobook version benefits from an excellent reading by Christian Rodska.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ms Davies' wit and plotting are in overdrive in this touristic mystery tour. I always enjoy her ability to slily hint at modern parallels to Falco and Co's adventures in Ancient Rome, and this one is superb at this. Don't be misled, however, that her books are merely humorous escapades-there is good whodunnit intrigue, enough serious character interaction and historical meat (literally here) to make See Delphi and Die seem a much too short read. The ending is one of her best yet... yum!
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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.
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Please note that this is a review of the unabridged audio CD reading; as Amazon are grouping reviews across all types of media.

Set both in Rome and Greece between September and October AD 76, during the reign of Emperor Vespasian Our main protagonists are Marcus Didius Falco, the Informer Imperial Agent and his wife Helena are interested in two young Roman women who have gone missing after going to Greece to see the sights of the ancient world.

The Sites visited include Olympia, Corinth and in Delphi the oracle of Trophonius. Falco and his wife, Helena and other members of the family, travel to the area and meet up with the tour party. This is the seventeenth outing in Falco series. Like other Falco novels, See Delphi and Die uses a more `modern concept - in this case, the package tour holiday - as a device around which to build the story. There is also the concept of the `dodgy' tour company to add to its modern feel.
A real plus point for this listener was the fact it was unabridged, I always feel that abridged audio has lost parts of the narrative. Know you may feel that some books are too long, padded out and that the story could have been told in a briefer way, but at least you can make that judgment. The narrative is full of Falco's cynical one liners. While Historical in nature this is no Robert Graves novel!

All in all, not badly narrated with reasonable depth and with plenty of character, definitely worth a look at.
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