See Delphi And Die: (Falco 17) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2006
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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.
"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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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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes it did come up to expectations. I always enjoy the Falco books and never tire of Lindsey Davis' writing.Published 4 months ago by glo
An entertaining, light read in the usual vein of Lindsey Davis. It always gives the impression of being historically accurate and I enjoy the joky style of Falco.Published 9 months ago by VH