Having enjoyed one of Ruth Downie's Medicus books (Persona Non Grata) I thought I would sample a different series set in ancient Rome. But I found this one by Davis to be disappointing. The writing was okay, same for the story, but the wisecracking Romans didn't sit well with me. They were unconvincing, just modern people dressed in togas and plopped down in Rome to solve a mystery. Won't be looking for further books in the series.
This is one of my favorite of the Falco series. I greatly enjoyed it. In Rome, Falco and his father find a decaying corpse. However, the path to the discovery of the murderer leads to the province of Britannia, where Falco has been before. It was very interesting to read how the Roman Emperor is making an effort to "Romanize" this (relatively new) province. Gets rid of lots of myths -- such as that the Romans oppressed their subject people. Yes, both civilians and soldiers caught in battle became slaves, but otherwise the common people were left mostly alone, with a Roman governor and some legions. Reminds me a bit of the situation of the British Empire with British India. Romans felt it was their "duty" to "civilize" the conquered people. The mystery is pretty good too. I think you'd enjoy this book.
Well thought out plot, interesting characters, witty and entertaining.
Another great Falco novel! I love the narrative tone and the main characters. The movement from Rome to Britannia is deftly handled--but who knew Romans traveled as much as "our" people do! But did Lindsey Davis have problems with contractors when she wrote it?