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In THE SILVER PIGS introduced the worl cover image of The Silver Pigs Series, Book 1 · Marcus Didius Falco Mystery. by Lindsey Davis. ebook. Discover one of the world's favourite detectives, as his first case leads him into conspiracy, murder and adventure In THE SILVER PIGS introduced the. download the eBook The Silver Pigs, (Falco 1) by Lindsey Davis online from Australia's leading online eBook store. Download eBooks from.
Not for me. Marcus Didius Falco, a 70 AD Roman private informer whose usual jobs involve following young philandering wives for rich old husbands, finds himself in the middle of a mystery of murder and mayhem involving important senators of high rank and even the Emperor Vespasian himself.
Thirty-year-old Falco has a large family and a mother, but they all are grieving for Falco's brother, Didius Festus, who was a heroic soldier in the Roman army an 'Silver Pigs' begins at a run and it really doesn't let up. Thirty-year-old Falco has a large family and a mother, but they all are grieving for Falco's brother, Didius Festus, who was a heroic soldier in the Roman army and who was recently killed while serving in Palestine. So, when a lovely young girl, Sosia Camillina, niece of Senator Decimus Camillus Verus and daughter of the senator's younger brother, Publius Camillus Meto, almost knocks Falco down on the steps of the Forum, he welcomes the distraction.
Two big men were chasing the sixteen-year-old, so Falco gallantly helps her escape out a back door. The two new friends get to know each other in Falco's sixth-floor walkup flat over Lenia's laundry, which is also Falco's office. Sosia tells him she was kidnapped out of her uncle's house for reasons unknown, but she had managed to wriggle free from their grasp.
After talking things over with Falco's best friend and fellow ex-soldier, Petronius Longus, now a Patrol Captain of the Aventine Watch police , Sosia stays at Falco's place for the night. He plans to bring her relatives to her in the morning, as they decide it is to dangerous for her to go out in public. After visiting the Senator in his palatial house and verifying Sosia's relationship and her story, and happily getting a contract from the Senator to work for him, Falco leaves the Senator's house intending to return to his small flat and the girl.
However, unexpectedly, Falco is suddenly attacked by several large suspicious aediles, young politicians working for praetors who in turn are selected by senators. They want to know where the girl is! What is their involvement and who sent them? Did Decimus Camillus change his mind?
In the office of the aediles, Sosia's father, Publius Camillus introduces himself.
So, much the worse for a beating, Falco and his new companions all return to Falco's flat. Oh no! Sosia Camillina is gone! Falco wonders if he going to come out of this with his skin intact But there is also plenty of PG action and drama. It moves very fast, but I thought maybe too fast, and the writing is choppy. However, there is a lot of genuine ancient Roman detail, and Falco runs into serious dangers while going undercover in British silver mines and meeting many actual historical figures in Roman history.
He is a tough guy, but his mother keeps him in hand. He meets a twenty-three-year-old aristocrat daughter in this story who obviously is someone who is going to matter to Falco going forward. All in all, I think it will be a fun and entertaining series. View all 4 comments. Wow, I really liked this!
It's very accessible; you can enjoy it even if you don't know a thing about the history of Ancient Rome. The author supplies historical details smoothly without lecturing the reader. The mystery itself wasn't especially gripping, but the story was fast-paced, with truly likeable characters and great dialogue.
I started snickering at the dramatis personae and continued to be amused all the way through the book. There are frequent, oddly placed paragraph breaks, which make Wow, I really liked this! There are frequent, oddly placed paragraph breaks, which make the writing seem a little choppy at first, but after a while I started to enjoy the narrative style.
I've already ordered the next book in this series. View 1 comment. Enjoyed the reread. I always find new plot points or historical references that I've missed. This time it was Vitellius and mushy peas.
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Ova knjiga je za mene toalno otkrovenje! Pozajmila sam je od drugarice, u fazonu "Daj nesto da odmorim od fantastike. Znate one stare, crno-bele filmove o detektivima sa sesiricima i cigarom uvek u kraju usana u ciju kancelariju jednoga dana zaluta prelepa plavusa sa zanimljivim slucajem za istragu.
E ova knjia je bas to samo smestena u Stari Rim u vreme Cara Vespazijana.
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Veliki plus su vrcavi humor i sarkazam glavnog lika. Oct 19, Donna rated it liked it Shelves: I like the MC in this series. He is like your uncle who lives next door. He is normal, trying to do the best he can I liked that I got to see more detail about him. I've read a few of these novels in this series, and they all share some commonalities. The author writes with a contemporary flair That usually isn't something I like, but she makes it work in her books.
I also like the way she constructs I like the MC in this series. I also like the way she constructs her plots. The mystery is methodical and it peels away, piece by piece. So 3 stars. Phillip Marlowe?
Mike Hammer? Nope, none other than Marcus Didius Falco the private investigator who is the creation of English author Lindsey Davis.
I always marvel at how well British authors can work with the Roman Empire as a setting, as there are quite a few books and series set in Ancient Rome, as I am also a huge fan of the Medicus series by Ruth Downie — I admit I have not read the works of Steven Saylor from the US but hope to begin shortly.
Here Davis has begun a series about the first gumshoe, as Marcus Didius Falco has left the military and has gone into this line of work, as well as working as an informant when the need arises.
The plot in this book takes us from Rome to Britain and the Silver mines located there. It is quite a fun and fascinating book, one that moves along at a very fast pace and provides us with a good plot, a good mystery, a good hero Falco and a beguiling heroine. The dialogue is realistic and the history is spot in accurate. If the remaining 19 books are anything like this one, then it will be a wonderful series for one and all to read, especially for those who enjoy history and detective novels.
Highly enjoyed this book and give it a big thumbs up recommendation. Solid effort for a first book in a series, even though I could figure out some of the conspiracy and the conspirators before Falco — but that is OK since he is the first private investigator and I have read many more of these books than he has worked on cases! Have fun with this book and series. Dec 09, Kei rated it really liked it. Oh - where do I start?
A private eye series set in ancient Rome. This is the first one - I won't add all the books individually, there are I think 18 by now, but it's set in Rome in 70AD, the hero is Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman 'informer' They are my favourite ancient Roman couple Evah. There is adventure all over the Oh - where do I start?
There is adventure all over the Empire, treachery, theft, politics, murder I love, love, love this series. Probably rates three stars for writing, plus an extra for meticulous research inserted so painlessly that you're barely aware of it.
Mar 23, Karin Slaughter rated it it was amazing. This is the first Davis I read and I loved it. My pal and fellow author Fidelis Morgan suggested I give it a try because I couldn't think of a book that wrote about a successful relationship in an interesting way.
I have to say that Fidelis was right.
Falco and Helene are very solid in their love for one another, but they disagree and argue and do all the usual things couples do without cutting too deep when they disagree.
I think that's the key to a relationship haha, and a sign that it migh This is the first Davis I read and I loved it. I think that's the key to a relationship haha, and a sign that it might be over --when you fight, do you go for the jugular or do you hold back because you love that person? Not that I fight a lot. I actually hate fighting. But you know what I mean. Like that scene in the next-to-last I think season of the Sopranos when Tony and Carmella are in the pool house and they say the meanest, nastiest things that they can never walk back from Sara and Jeffrey will never do that.
But I suppose I should talk about the Falco series in terms other than my own work! There's so much good stuff in these books, and you don't realize that you're also learning some really cool things about Roman times. I was touring Bath once and the guide was saying all this stuff that I already knew from the Falco series. So, Lindsey managed to do something that a lot of my teachers couldn't: Com todo o seu encanto e conflitos. Pode-se comparar aos romances de Steven Saylor que tem como protagonista o Gordiano, Descobridor Os casos que resolve tem como clientes mulheres, que acaba por conquistar, e homens de baixa categoria.
No entanto a sua sorte muda, e ele acaba se envolvendo num misterioso crime. Que envolve uma morte de uma jovem e um contrabando de lingotes de prata. Helena foi uma das personagens que mais me encantou. Achei tal facto fundamental para compreender o sofrimento dos escravos. A autora descreveu com muita amabilidade o trabalho de Marco nas minas. May 30, Assaph Mehr rated it it was amazing Shelves: The series that tarted it all for me.
I always loved ancient Rome since I first read Asterix , and detective stories. This was the perfect combination. Falco is taken on a journey from what starts with an upper-class young lady in trouble with some ruffians, to the highest echelons of society and money counterfeiting.
Expect a noir feel to the story, with gruff men and The series that tarted it all for me. Expect a noir feel to the story, with gruff men and damsels in distress. Be aware that this is the first book by Davis, and has some issues an altogether far too speedy recovery from a broken arm comes to mind. Still, no one can fault Davis for her research and accurate depiction of what life in the stratified Roman society was like at the time.
Mar 09, Kelsey Hanson rated it it was ok Shelves: Actual rating: Lots of people writing in their own half stars. Take the hint!! The first thought I had in the first chapter was "Is the narrator British? What is he doing in Ancient Rome". I later learned that the author is in fact from England. I didn't care much for the story. For some reason, the plot was really hard to follow apart from the obvious and incredibly played out love at first fight line.
The saving grace of this story was the snarky and likeable main c Actual rating: The saving grace of this story was the snarky and likeable main character and the ancient background, but at the end of the day that wasn't good enough to get three stars out of me.
Feb 25, Jim rated it really liked it. At the time I was more interested in the late Roman Republic, so I was more drawn to the Steven Saylor mysteries featuring Gordianus the Finder, contemporary of Cicero and Julius Caesar and the significant events of that era. Falco's period is also fascinating: In this inaugural book, Falco - a bawdy, cantankerous "informer" private investigator of little means - struggles with a dysfunctional family, a landlord with limited patience for late payments, and not nearly enough work The case, which begins with a maiden with "far too many clothes" fleeing from a band of bully boys, leads Falco through palaces, sewers, and the silver mines of a Britain the former soldier hoped never to see again.
Along the way he loves, loses, and loves again vague enough? The dialog is first person, and reads a bit like Sam Spade in the Subura. You are never left wondering what Falco's opinion is, on any subject or person. As this is the first of many Falco novels, paying attention here is worth it; Davis seems unwilling to let any juicy bits stay on the floor, and applies the Five Second Rule to rescue them for later enjoyment.
I can't call Falco lovable, but he's got a gruff charm that - try as he might - he can't hide completely. Along the way, Rome - all of it, not just the polished marble and chalk-white togas, but the stink of the slums, the chaos of the hearth, the perils of travel whether across town or across the continent, the struggle to earn a daily denarius, and the surprisingly but authentically modern-seeming conveniences and complaints of urban life - is itself a vibrant, slightly dangerous but romantic cough character.
As for Britain: Falco never quite escapes it, and Davis will never be invited to join the Londinium board of tourism. But it too wheezes with what passes for life. Highly recommended. The characters were definitely a strong point and I plan to look for the next book in this long and popular series; while there was plenty of dry humor and excellent research into the period, the mystery itself was very compl 3.
The characters were definitely a strong point and I plan to look for the next book in this long and popular series; while there was plenty of dry humor and excellent research into the period, the mystery itself was very complex and had a lot of parts and potential bad guys - I had a hard time telling them apart I think it's the Roman names!
Also, I honestly lost track whether Falco was looking for the murderer of a young girl with her family as his clients, or working for the emperor trying to solve a case involving theft from the silver mines of Britain, or both I look forward to trying the next in the series to see if the pacing evens out and if I have an easier time following the characters' motivations. I can see why Didius Falco has such a following - even his daughter now has a spin-off series! I look forward to further reading to find out.
First time I've ever bothered to switch edition on a GR book, and that's because reading this book in pages of titchy tiny font really do make a difference. Does slow things down and make it that little bit worse. Still plenty good though.
The fun is in the humour because the mystery is sadly a little underdeveloped, but that's okay, because Lindsay Davies as Falco is one of my favourite authorial voices ever; irreverent, sentimental and self-deprecating. Aug 30, Delphine rated it really liked it.
When a Philip-Marlowe like character becomes the narrator of events that take place in Ancient Rome, you get Lindsey Davis! The research is excellent, the stories are fascinating, the historical truth is respected and… a sort of hard boiled detective investigates. Probably one of the best historical novels, along with Sharan Newman, on the market. Dec 09, Brad rated it liked it Shelves: I needed a new series to make me fall in love with a clever detective informer all over again, and I really wanted it to be the M Didius Falco series.
The long and short of it is that Lindsey Davis failed to make me fall in love. It was more like a mild like. I can't see myself coming back for more of this series.
I came looking for a genuine mystery. I was hoping for some Raymond Chandler style Roman detection, or some brooding Henning Mankell style Roman detection, or even some frustrating I I needed a new series to make me fall in love with a clever detective informer all over again, and I really wanted it to be the M Didius Falco series.
I was hoping for some Raymond Chandler style Roman detection, or some brooding Henning Mankell style Roman detection, or even some frustrating Ian Rankin style Roman detection. What I got was Moonlighting meets Remington Steele meets Hollywood-sword-and-sandal-romantic-mystery-lightness.
It's not horrible I bet it would make a cracking and very watchable TV series , but not for me. Terence, Jamie and others. Ah to be Rome surronded by naked people! Which isn't quite what happens to Marcus Didius Falco; he does seem to get surronded by women an awful lot.
This is actually a quite funny, sometimes touching, and very good novel. Falco must solve the mystery of the pigs which are really silver and not pig shaped at all while dealing with his mother and various others.
View 2 comments. Jun 13, Lou Robinson rated it really liked it. Despite the slightly strange first person writing style, I really enjoyed this book.
It introduces Marcus Didius Falco, a private informer just about surviving in Rome at the time of the emperor Vespasian.
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Andrew Taylor. Vespasian Sosia Camillina is gone! Does slow things down and make it that little bit worse. What I got was Moonlighting meets Remington Steele meets Hollywood-sword-and-sandal-romantic-mystery-lightness. Apart from one or two dedicated housebreakers slipping through deserted streets with discreet sacks of swag, everyone who was not in the procession was watching it. A Trick of the Light. Marcus Didius Falco. Marcus Didius Falco 1 - 10 of 20 books. Here Davis has begun a series about the first gumshoe, as Marcus Didius Falco has left the military and has gone into this line of work, as well as working as an informant when the need arises.
Write a review. After visiting the Senator in his palatial house and verifying Sosia's relationship and her story, and happily getting a contract from the Senator to work for him, Falco leaves the Senator's house intending to return to his small flat and the girl.
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