This book is best described as light reading for those who enjoy Historical Fiction. This is a detective story written with the Roman Empire as the background. I read it while at the beach and I highly recommend it to others.
Marcus Didius Falco mystery--set in ancient Rome.
About one-quarter of my way into this book, I decided I didn't like it. The 70 A.D. Roman informer (detective) sounded too much like he belonged in a 1930s mystery. I gave it one more chapter before I quit.
When I looked up several chapters later, I was completely hooked. I finished the book in 24 hours and have the next in the series on request.
The Silver Pigs is the classic novel which introduced readers around the world to Marcus Didius Falco, a private informer with a knack for trouble, a tendency for bad luck, and a frequently inconvenient drive for justice.
When Marcus Didius Falco encounters the young and very pretty Sosia Camillina in the Forum, he senses immediately that there is something amiss. When she confesses that she is fleeing for her life, Falco offers to help her and, in doing so, he gets himself mixed up in a deadly plot involving stolen ingots, dangerous and dark political machinations, and, most hazardous of all, one Helena Justina, a brash, indomitable senator's daughter connected to the very traitors that Falco has sworn to expose.
This is the first book of the Marcus Didius Falco Mystery series. It is a very different type of a detective series with witty jokes which make for an enjoyable read. Lindsey Davis brings historical Rome of the Caesars in 70 AD very much alive. Stolen treasure takes Didius Falco into occupied Britain where he meets Helena Justina. The chemistry between Falco and Helena Justina also makes for a very charming love story. I look forward to continue with this series and I would recommend it for readers who enjoy historical mystery novels.