The clock is ticking. Can he solve the oil problem before his child is safely born? Another delight mystery-murder in my favorite Roman detective series of Marcus Didius Falco. Jun 06, Jamie Collins rated it liked it Shelves: historical-mystery , ancient-rome , historical-fiction. Set in 73 AD: Our heroes Falco and Helena, who are shortly expecting their first child, travel to Spain on a mission to track down a murderer and uncover shenanigans in the olive oil market. Not one of my favorites in this series, but these are consistently amusing.
I prefer the ones that are set in the city of Rome, which so far is about every other book. So I'm looking forward to the next one. The details of the olive oil business were interesting, and I liked the depiction of a wild teenage par Set in 73 AD: Our heroes Falco and Helena, who are shortly expecting their first child, travel to Spain on a mission to track down a murderer and uncover shenanigans in the olive oil market.
The details of the olive oil business were interesting, and I liked the depiction of a wild teenage party, Roman provincial style. May 30, Assaph Mehr rated it it was amazing Shelves: roman-detectives. Back on the road, Falco travels to Spain and explores the all-important Olive Oil trade across the Roman empire. And if you think for a moment that ancient trade was not a global phenomenon on a vast scale, look up Monte Testaccio.
Expect a convoluted plot encompassing politicians and money, as well as agricultural and trade copnsiderations. I personally love the setting having visited modern Cordoba , but this was a quick and lighter read than the previous volume in the series Time to Depar Back on the road, Falco travels to Spain and explores the all-important Olive Oil trade across the Roman empire. I personally love the setting having visited modern Cordoba , but this was a quick and lighter read than the previous volume in the series Time to Depart.
Be aware that while it's not necessary to read the books in order, it certainly helps - certainly so far into the series. Dec 27, aPriL does feral sometimes rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , mysteries-potboilers-thrillers. I was not convinced despite the complexity - it was a Rube Goldberg device from beginning to end. Oh well. Roman Falco takes his 7-month pregnant girlfriend, Helena Justina, to Spain at her insistence, despite the potential dangers of bad guys and to her pregnancy. She refuses to be left alone in Rome 'A Dying Light in Corduba', 8 in the Marcus Didius Falco detective series, is an overcomplicated plot involving Roman and Baetican Spanish politicians scheming to monopolize the olive oil market.
She refuses to be left alone in Rome. Falco had promised to be with her when the baby comes, so he agrees to let her travel with him. He has been given an assignment by Claudius Laeta, a Roman clerk with ambition, to learn who is behind a murder and an attempted murder after a party attended by members of the Society of Baetician Olive Oil Producers who met for dinner and a dance - and also, perhaps, for beginning a cartel conspiracy to fix oil prices!
Shortly after the party, several of the Society's members immediately leave Rome for Baetica, so that is where Falco must go. He would not normally have taken this assignment, but he and Helena need the money, especially with a baby on the way.
Neither has ever been to Spain before, but they discover Romans do what they do everywhere - plot, scheme and try to build great family dynasties over the dead bodies of others in their way Dec 06, Scot rated it really liked it. Eighth in the series. The plot grows rather convoluted, working through layers upon layers of misinformation and double dealing as the ruling Roman bureacracy, with myriad counterproductive agencies and factions, confronts the possible formation of an economic cartel to control the increasingly lucrative olive oil trade coming out of first century Spain, now solidly under Roman rule for enough generations to have the language and Roman traditions fairly well established.
Finding out who actually Eighth in the series. Finding out who actually did what is not the fun part here, no, the fun part is appreciating day to day life in Cordoba then, as percieved through the eyes of our rascally hero Falco, accompanied by his very pregnant investigative and life partner Helena. Davis actually makes learning about agricultural, commercial, and political practices in this time and region entertaining, and we advance the series' story line along to the birth of the pair's first child.
Jan 24, Lizzie Robinson rated it really liked it. This is my favourite novel in the series so far. Falco and Helena are never the conventional couple.
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As well as a rollicking good adventure we are supplied with a interesting travelogue of S Spain. Anacrites and his henchmen woman are a lively addition to the mix.
I wonder what Petro is getting up to whilst Falco is out of town? Aug 17, TheIron Paw rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , crime-mystery , just-for-fun. I've been trying to read the Falco series in order, but when you're on holidays in small towns, you take what you can find. Davis has done some excellent historical research for this, as usual, funny and exciting crime novel set in ancient Rome well, actually in Roman Spain this time - everything you need to know about the politics surrounding the olive industry.
Feb 20, Pat rated it really liked it.
I started to read the Falco series from the beginning and continue to enjoy them enormously. Marcus Didius and his partner, Helena, are well established as a couple and now seem like old friends to me. Roll on the next book.
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Mar 03, Susan rated it it was amazing. When two members of the party are attacked Falco travels to Baetica in Spain to track down and question witnesses. Along with a very heavily pregnant Helena Justina. I enjoy all of the Marcus Didius Falco "hard-boiled" Roman mysteries. Although anachronistic? And I love the the "love story". A relatively satisfying Falco mystery, wandering around Spain. The end seemed a little rushed, and it missed out on some of the griminess of Rome, but good none-the-less.
The one in Spain with the olive oil, the intrepid dancing girl and the birth of Falco's firstborn! Jul 05, Shayla McBride rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery. Love this series! Falco is warm, funny, sometimes funny, sometimes cybical, always honest. The new series starring his adopted daughter, Flavia Alba, is excellent, too.
Apr 24, Colette rated it it was amazing. Jul 28, Dyana rated it really liked it. This 8th in the series is set in ancient Rome in 73 A. Our hero is Marcus Didius Falco, a private informer investigator who is soon to be a father. He still hasn't managed to achieve for himself a position in society where he can actually marry Helena whose father is a Senator. The story is part detective novel and part romantic comedy with lots of historical adventure.
These stories are always witty and this one involves a convoluted plot beginning in Rome and then ending in Corduba, Hispan This 8th in the series is set in ancient Rome in 73 A.
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These stories are always witty and this one involves a convoluted plot beginning in Rome and then ending in Corduba, Hispania Spain. Upon leaving the banquet he discovers that Anacrites has been severely beaten and another spy named Valentinus has been murdered. A dancer at the banquet named Selia and her henchmen are suspects. The Baeticans return home immediately after the banquet which is also suspicious.
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Claudius Laeta, one of Vespasian's chief secretaries, commissions Falco to travel to Corduba, Spain to check out a rumor and investigate whether or not a cartel is being formed to monopolize and fix prices in the growing olive oil business. Falco also wants to track down the dancer and bring her to justice.
Meanwhile, it is up to Falco to take care of Anacrites who may be dying so he foists him on his mother to take care of. Helena is seven months pregnant, and Falco has promised he will be present at the birth. What a conundrum. Since they need the money and Falco needs to make the trip to Spain, Helena decides to go with him. This is an easy decision as her mother has been harping at her about the birth.