Venus in Copper

Venus in Copper Marcus Didius Falco Imperial Rome s answer to Columbo is hired by relatives of a wealthy real estate developer Hortensius to find his murderer What Falco uncovers is a hotbed of crime in the unscr

  • Title: Venus in Copper
  • Author: Lindsey Davis
  • ISBN: 9780345373908
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Marcus Didius Falco, Imperial Rome s answer to Columbo, is hired by relatives of a wealthy real estate developer, Hortensius, to find his murderer What Falco uncovers is a hotbed of crime in the unscrupulous business dealings of Hortensius The third book in the series of amusing, romantic detective thrillers set in ancient Rome.

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    1. I swear I’ve read some of these before, but they’re the type of books that are made of the same mould. Marcus Didius Falco is a “private informer” in the first-century Roman empire. Recently back from a stint in Britain on the emperor’s business, Falco finds himself in jail for crossing the emperor’s chief spy. Thanks to his mother and his girlfriend, he gets his freedom—and a new apartment—and immediately sets about acquiring a new case. He has to shadow and investigate a gold-d [...]

    2. Venus in Copper picks is the third in the Falco adventures series. While the overall framework is the same, Davis is starting to explore other facets of life in Rome. This is a theme that runs throughout the series. Rather than a stencil repeat, each novel concentrates on another aspect of society.Be aware that while it's not necessary to read the books in order, it certainly helps.--Assaph Mehr, author of Murder In Absentia: A story of Togas, Daggers, and Magic - for lovers of Ancient Rome, Mur [...]

    3. As usual, Marcus Didius Falco, Informer (detective) is late paying his rent to landlord Smaractus on his sixth-floor walk-up in a slum of first century Rome. But this time, it isn't entirely his fault - during his last job for the Emperor Vespasian, Falco had to borrow the Emperor's lead ingots which he failed to return. In order to protect his undercover identity as a salesman, he actually had to sell the lead for plumbing pipes (, book #2 in the Falco detective series). So, the Emperor's Chief [...]

    4. I like these mysteries so much that I've started to ration them for prescriptive reading. (Prescriptive reading? Books read with the intention of changing one's mood, attitude, or perspective, selected on the basis of their being considered likely to induce a desired change. I have all sorts of prescriptive books for all sorts of ailments: books to read when I have a cold, books for depression, for anger, for heart-sickness and inappropriate detachment. And then there are books for seasons, situ [...]

    5. One of my very favourites in the series, if only because of the sentimental grounds of watch Falco and Helena definitely become "they will". No, whole series of "will they/won't they" aren't great. There's a wonderful crowd of nefarious rich types as well - gotta wonder who Davies was interacting with at the time - and its just great entertainment.

    6. Fun little mystery. I like her writing very much. I normally don't care for anachronisms in my historical fiction, but Davis is so subtle that it's completely inoffensive. Like an offhand comment from Falco about the unsuitability of a Gallic slave for work as a chef.

    7. More like 3 1/2 stars. This is the first post conspiracy novel and it focuses on what works: the relationships between the characters. Falco and Helena finally decide to kept dancing together to the joy of the reader. The plot is weaved into the characters struggle and emotions. The plot serves the characters development and it works. As in real life the villains do not always get what's coming to them and it's okay since the characters live to be happy another day, another week.

    8. The third in this series. Good plotting, dialogue, and most important to the author, lots of information about life in Rome in the first century AD. Good development of our hero's love life with Helena, the senator's daughter, who really is too good for him - such is love!Marcus Didius Falco, Imperial Rome's answer to Columbo, is hired by relatives of a wealthy real estate developer, Hortensius, to find his murderer. What Falco uncovers is a hotbed of crime in the unscrupulous business dealings [...]

    9. I love this series. It's the right combination of intrigue, romance and interesting characters. I also love that it's set in Vespasian's Rome.

    10. Good historical fiction, and the relationship between Marcus Didius and Helena Justina is finally beginning to fit two full-grown people and not a pair of pre-adolescents. The plot was over-the-top complicated, with (as our hero admits) "No evidence" for a lot of the conclusions he reaches, and the black widow character sitting at her loom is too much of a stereotype for my taste.

    11. Marcus Didius Falco sitzt mal wieder in der Klemme oder vielmehr im Knast. Als ihn seine liebende Mutter freikauft, schwankt er zwischen Peinlichkeit und Freude. Kaum heimgekehrt in seine Bruchbude auf dem Aventin, erreicht ihn sein neuester Auftrag: ein reich gewordener Ex-Sklave namens Hortensius ist im Begriff, eine Frau zu heiraten, deren vorherige Ehemänner - drei an der Zahl - allesamt auf mysteriöse Art und verdächtig schnell ums Leben gekommen sind. Falcos Aufgabe soll es nun sein, zu [...]

    12. I think this volume of the Marcus Didius Falco mysteries was where I really got hooked by the series. It's hard for me to classify: is it a mystery with an historical setting, or historical fiction with a mystery-based plot? Venus in Copper is a good mystery story about a "black widow" who may have killed three husbands and gotten away with it, and is now engaged to marry a fourthor is she trying to protect him from someone else who wants him dead? There are a lot of suspects, a lot of motives, [...]

    13. Originally published on my blog here in May 2001.Re-reading this early Falco novel, I'm a bit surprised by how frivolous it is. I had the impression that they were becoming less serious as time progressed, but in fact the tone of this one is remarkably similar to that of the later novels.Falco is employed by the business partners of parvenu Hortensius Novus to gather evidence against his fiancée, who has a history of marrying rich men who die soon after the ceremony, and ot help them buy her of [...]

    14. Who could fail to love Didius Falco? This is the fourth book in which the Roman investigator/spy tackles crime and mystery and the plot skips along happily with stray dogs, feminist parrots, odd officials, grasping landlords, thugs, Senators and snake-dancing women; typical Falco fare.And his very satisfying romance with Helena Justina warms the heart.It's a joy to read of Falco's mishaps and adventures, he is a man of integrity, whatever he pretends.Read this, and feel good about life.

    15. This series just gets better and better. Falco is hired by a family of freed slaves who thinks one of their members is being taken in by a gold digger who has a penchant for murdering her rich husbands. As usual, as Falco delves into his task, he finds much than meets the eye. Less than scrupulous landlords play center stage, and Helena finally makes an important decision regarding her relationship with Falco. I couldn't put this one down!

    16. Lindsey Davis has redeemed herself. After a sub-par book II, Venus in Copper returns the Marcus Falco series back to form. A new murder mystery with a set cast of characters. More investigation than love story with Helena having a more sideshow type role. Falco's unique sense of humor which along with the attention to ancient history detail make Davis' writing stand out.This book focuses on property management and the trials and tribulations of the big land-owners inside of Rome.

    17. I've learned you can rely on Lindsey Davis for an entertaining and informative read, and this series never seems to disappoint. This is the third of the Falco historical mystery series; Falco is an "informer" for the Emperor in first century Rome. This one deals with the activities of a "black widow" gold digger, and is particularly instructive on class issues and tensions in that culture, and the options and social status of freedmen who were once slaves.

    18. I wasn't sure with the first two books but now I am really starting to warm to Marcus Didius Falco. This book was very enjoyable with Falco investigating a possible 'black widow'. His romance with Helena is also back on track and very sweet in parts. Looking forward to the next one.

    19. Really enjoyed this as my first book from Lindsey Davis. I'll be downloading the series for my travels over the next 12 months.

    20. I like this author. Well written, complex mysteries in the setting of Empirical Rome. Love the protagonist and other characters as well.

    21. In Venus in Copper, the third book in Lindsey Davis’ popular mystery series, ancient Roman private eye Marcus Didius Falco tries to prevent a murder from happening. Severina Zotica, a copper-haired beauty, is a “professional bride” who’s been married three times. Each of her husbands has been richer than the previous one, and each has died in suspicious circumstances, leaving Severina his money. Even though many people, including the clerk of the magistrate who investigated the deaths, s [...]

    22. Didius Falco is a recent discovery for me and so I find it amazing that Lindsey Davis first wrote Venus in Copper in 1991 - more than 25 years ago - and yet it is still as fresh and funny as when first "hot off the press." As another reviewer (the Globe and Mail - Toronto) has remarked, the series is "one of the first and still one of the best." Funny to think when mystery and historical series have become so immensely popular that Falco helped start it all. Lindsey has described elsewhere how i [...]

    23. Enjoyable mystery set in Vespasian's Rome. Marcus Didius Falco, recently bailed from a prison cell, is hired by the wives of 2 wealthy freedmen to investigate the fiancée of their fellow freedman, Hortensius Novus. The mysterious Severina has already been widowed three times, so there are predictable suspicions about her motives. However, as Falco begins to investigate, he begins to uncover more than just a simple tale of gold-digging.This series continues to develop well - the relationship bet [...]

    24. Definitely the best of Falco books. Funny, witty, with great plot, nice riddle and good characters. Scratch that - great characters. Falco and Helena are officially my favourite couple. I was a bit disappointed by the bittersweet ending, but with the noir roots of these books it was hard to expect something different.There were some really nice plot twists along the way, both the solution and the motivations of the culprit were hard to pin down and required remembering facts that I thought were [...]

    25. This instalment of the series is very good but for me not quite excellent. The plot was quite convoluted but I stuck with it and it started to flow better. Marcus Didius Falco certainly has 9 lives and must have used up at least 2 in this book but he has to survive to carry on, so not really a surprise. I really like the small details of life in those times which ring true and add a richness to the story which would otherwise be lacking. Most enjoyable!

    26. Great Ancient Roman mystery. I like how it gives a feel for the geography, the classes, and the street-life of Rome. I also like how the hero finds justice outside of the courts. As is to be expected in a system where all law is private law, in other words, disputes between citizens. Thus, if no one wants to sue, then you had to find other remedies.

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