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April Books 6) Saturnalia

6) Saturnalia, by Lindsey Davis

Latest in this run of detective novels set during the reign of the emperor Vespasian. After a couple of less impressive efforts in recent years, Davis seems to be firmly back on form: this is an entertaining tale of family dynamics interacting mildly with high politics - Falco is called in to track an escaped German political prisoner, who coincidentally is the former lover of his brother-in-law. Oddly enough the actual murders are the least convincing part of the plot, but the rest is good fun.


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Apr. 6th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
A tasty tale?
"the rest is food fun."

Few typos are quite that delightfully possible without actually being probable.
Apr. 6th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: A tasty tale?
Er, yes, fixed!
Apr. 6th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
Increasingly I have been reading Falco for the soap opera between him and his builders and his family and skipping the murder plots. Sounds like this one will be worth a read at least. Thanks.
Apr. 6th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
I recall a review of the first book in that series saying something to the effect of, "By the time I reached the end of the book I was rather fond of the characters," which was pretty much my reaction. The first third or even more just was an awful slog for me, and apparently I wasn't fond enough of the characters by the end to ever try reading any more of her books. I wonder if I should try again. I liked the *idea* of them...
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