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This review is from: Venus In Copper: (Falco 3) (Paperback)
In the third instalment of Lindsey Davis' light hearted Roman mysteries, private informer Didius Falco is hired to investigate a suspicious widow with a string of dead husbands. As usual, his biggest problem is his aristocratic girlfriend Helena Justina. This time, she may have left him for good.
Marlow, Morse, Wallander: the protagonist of the traditional detective story is lonely and loveless, and any romantic possibilities are stubbed out so that everything is reset for the next novel. By giving Falco a permanent girlfriend, Lindsey Davis turned her books are a curious hybrid; part-mystery, part-romance. Maintaining romantic chemistry over three novels is ambitious, and Davis is not completely successful.
But this is a cheeky and cheerful detective story, with a couple of surprises.