Review: The Silver Pigs, by Lindsey Davis

Set in A.D. 70 when the Roman Empire ruled the known world, this is the first in the series of Marcus Didius Falco mysteries of which there are now twenty. Falco rescues the niece of a senator from a kidnapping attempt brought on by her knowledge of the location of a stolen silver ingot or “pig.” The trail of the purloined pigs leads Marcus from Rome to Londinium at the outer reaches of the Empire and back. This book won the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and Davis received the 1999 Sherlock Award for Best Comic Detective for her character, Marcus Didius Falco. I listened to the book on CD and the lengthy Latin names of the characters were a little confusing but the narrator, Christian Rodska, was excellent.

RATING: * * * A good read

Reviewed by: kh

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