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Falco Novels

Updated on September 14, 2014

Marcus Didius Falco, Private Informer

Falco, the Detective, does his sleuthing in the Rome of Emperor Vespasian.

Author Lyndsey Davies presents him in a modern style, as a slick Private Eye. In first century Rome, this translates roughly as Private Informer and Falco is a fast-talking, deceptively incompetent investigator.

The books are a mixture of satire and humour, cleverly interwoven with very real historical people and the investigations are complex and immensely satisfying

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On the Streets of First Century Rome

The Falco Novels in Order

  1. The Silver Pigs - set in Rome and Britain in 70-71
  2. Shadows in Bronze - set in Rome and Naples in 71
  3. Venus in Copper - set in Rome in 71
  4. The Iron Hand of Mars - set in Rome and Germany in 71
  5. Poseidon's Gold - set in Rome and Capua in 72
  6. The Last Act of Palmyra - set in Rome, The Decapolis and Palmyra in 72
  7. A Time to Depart- set in Rome in 72
  8. A Dying Light in Corduba - set in Rome and Spain in 73
  9. Three Hands in the Fountain - set in Rome in 73
  10. Two for the Lions - set in Rome and Carthage in 73
  11. One Virgin Too Many - set in Rome in 74
  12. Ode to a Banker - set in Rome in 74
  13. A Body in the Bathhouse - set in Rome and Britain in 75
  14. The Jupiter Myth - set in Britain in 75
  15. The Accusers- set in Rome in 75
  16. Scandal Takes a Holiday - set in Rome in 76
  17. See Delphi and Die - set in Rome and various locations in Greece in 76
  18. Saturnalia - set in Rome at year-end 76-77
  19. Alexandria - set in Egypt in 77
  20. Nemesis set in Rome and the Pontine in 77

You don't have to start at the 'start'

You don't have to read the Falco novels in sequence, I had read through five before I purchased the first one (and that was just to learn more of the background to certain characters)

The First Falco Novels

The Silver Pigs: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery (Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries Book 1)
The Silver Pigs: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery (Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries Book 1)

First in the series and not the one that I started with. It does, however, set the background for the other Falco adventures and, incidentally, where we meet Helena.

Shadows in Bronze: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery (Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries Book 2)
Shadows in Bronze: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery (Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries Book 2)

More mystery, dry humour and irony. With his friend, Petronius of the Aventine Watch, Falco travels south to Neapolis, Capreae and Pompeii to investigate some shady goings-on

Venus in Copper: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery (Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries Book 3)
Venus in Copper: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery (Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries Book 3)

More entertaining characters (especially the beautiful snake-training contortionist). Almost as beautiful as the widow who has just lost her third husband in suspicious circumstances.


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      5 years ago

      Helena is my Heroine

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      5 years ago

      Excellent books from Lyndsey Davies

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      5 years ago

      Wasn't there a moavie with Brian Brown?


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