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A Body in the Bathhouse
Mysterious Press, Sept 2002, 24.95, 304 pp. ISBN 0892967714 Cotta and Gloccus were incompetent workers who installed informer (the ancient Roman equivalent to the modern day private eye) Marcus Didus Falco's new bathhouse. A terrible odor emanating from his new edifice forces Falco to dig up the floor where he finds the remains of a man who was murdered. Cotta and Gloccus are nowhere to be found, but Falco thinks they might be headed for Britai...
Ode To A Banker
Warner, Jul 2001, 23.95, 384 pp. ISBN: 0892967404 In 74 AD informer Marcus Didius Falco (in modern terms this means he is a private investigator) believes he is a talented poet. After giving a reading of his works, an employee of Aurelius Chrysippus approaches Marcus to inform him that his master, banker and owner of a scriptorium, enjoys his poetry and wants to see it published. An elated Marcus arranges to meet with Aurelius. Howev...
Scandal Takes A Holiday
Mysterious Press, Sept 2004, 24.95, 332 pp. ISBN: 0842968125 In 76 AD Rome anyone who has a country home goes there to get away from the summer in the city. The gossip columnist of the state run Daily Gazette is missing. Dicclep, who goes under the pseudonym of Infamia told people he was working while visiting his aunt in Ostia, but when he doesn't sent copy back, his bosses hire informer (private investigator) Marcus Didius Falco to find him. ...
The Accusers
Mysterious, Apr 2004, 25.00 ISBN: 089296811 In 75 AD, Roman Informant Marcus Didius Falco, his wife Helena, their two perfect children and Nux the mutt (who like the humans treat Falco like a dumb pet) return home after spending time in Londinium (see THE JUPITER MYTH). The trip leaves Falco broke so though he is normally a very principled informant he reluctantly accepts as clients two shyster lawyers Paccius Africanus and Silius Italicus thoug...

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The Iron Hand of Mars
Marcus Didus Falco is sent by Emperor Vespasian to Germania Liberia to present the legion of the Fourteenth Gemina a token of his regard - an iron hand of Mars. On the side Vespasian expects Falco to investigate rumours of the Fourteenth's insubordination and their new legate's corruption, find out what happened to the legate who was capured during the tribal uprising at Vetera (he was sent to the tribal prophetess in chains and was never heard from agai...
The Jupiter Myth
Mysterious, Sep 2003, 24.95, 323 pp. ISBN: 0892967773 In 75 AD, accompanied by his extended family, Roman auditor Marcus Didius Falco visits Londinium to see his wife's aunt and uncle, the Procurator Gaius Flavius Hilaris, second in command of Britain. When a prominent British courtier Verovolcus drowns in a tavern well, Governor Frontinus sends Falco, known for his sleuthing skills, to investigate. Falco realizes that the victim was close to...
The Silver Pigs
Marcus Didius Falco is an informer (private investigator) with a slightly sleezy reputation but a strong sense of justice. So when he helps rescue a beautiful young girl from a pair of thugs and learns of her detested uncle's plans for her marriage, he considers getting involved. When the girl is killed, he wants to find the killer! But the family's high class and importance makes it difficult, and the Emperor Vespasian wants him for a different invest...
Two for the Lions
Marcus Didius Falco is ancient Rome's answer to Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and Mike Hammer--all in one! In “Two for the Lions,” it appears that Falco is likely to be this week's “menu du jour” as “our man in Roma” finds himself “embroiled” in another of his exciting adventures. Lindsey Davis once again provides us with an entertaining historical whodunnit and her latest maintains her reputation! Falco has been appointed tax investigator by the...
Venus in Copper
Marcus Didius Falco is hired by a family of Roman freedmen to investigate the proposed bride of one of their members, Hortensius Novus. The girl in question has had three husbands, each of whom died shortly after marrying her. Before Falco can find conclusive evidence against the girl, Novus dies of poisoning and Falco is off the case. However, the would-be-bride now hires him to find out who killed Novus. Falco finds the plot thickening when he disc...


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