The Silver Pigs {Free} By Lindsey Davis

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A cabal of traitors with blood on their hands and no compunction whatsoever to do away with a snooping plebe like FalcoThe Silver Pigs is Lindsey Davis' 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 freuently inconvenient drive for justic. When the girl came rushing up the steps I decided she was wearing far too many clothes Sam Spade Phillip Marlowe Mike Hammer Nope none other than Marcus Didius Falco the private investigator who is the creation of English author Lindsey Davis And The Silver Pigs is the first of 20 books she has written about the adventures of Falco set in 70 AD during the the beginning of the reign of Roman Emperor VespacianI always marvel at how well British authors can work with the Roman Empire as a setting as there are uite a few books and series set in Ancient Rome as I am also a huge fan of the Medicus series by Ruth Downie I admit I have not read the works of Steven Saylor from the US but hope to begin shortly Here Davis has begun a series about the first gumshoe as Marcus Didius Falco has left the military and has gone into this line of work as well as working as an informant when the need arises The plot in this book takes us from Rome to Britain and the Silver mines located there We have the attempted kidnapping of a 16 year old girl who becomes Falco s client along with murder and intrigue at the highest levels of Rome as well as a conspiracy to defraud the Roman government of uite a large amount of silver ingots thus the title of the book the Silver Pigs as pigs is another word for ingot It is uite a fun and fascinating book one that moves along at a very fast pace and provides us with a good plot a good mystery a good hero Falco and a beguiling heroine The dialogue is realistic and the history is spot in accurate If the remaining 19 books are anything like this one then it will be a wonderful series for one and all to read especially for those who enjoy history and detective novelsHighly enjoyed this book and give it a big thumbs up recommendation Solid effort for a first book in a series even though I could figure out some of the conspiracy and the conspirators before Falco but that is OK since he is the first private investigator and I have read many of these books than he has worked on cases Have fun with this book and series

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The Silver Pigs

When Marcus Didius Falco a Roman informer who has a nose for trouble that's sharper than most encounters Sosia Camillina in the Forum he senses immediately all is not right with the pretty girl She confesses to him that she is fleeing for her life and Falco makes the rash decision to rescue her a decision he will come to regret For Sosia bears. Way back in early 2015 I read Lindsey Davis The Ides of April I liked it and since it featured the daughter of Marcus Didius Falco I thought I would eventually get around to the original character The Silver Pigs is the first of many Falco novels that Davis wrote over a period of than 20 years I rarely think that an entertaining mystery merits five stars but this one does For many of us who would rather read historical mysteries than current true crime the attraction is what an author can do to transport us to a different time and place and to make us understand andor feel what it was like to breath and walk around in that remote land Davis is a master at doing so with Imperial RomeWe climbed up then strolled side by side In early April just before dinner we were virtually alone It was all there Nothing like it in the world Six story apartment blocks thrust upwards from narrow streets confronting palaces and private homes with brotherly disregard for social niceties Mushroom beige light flaked the roofs of the temples or shimmered in fountain sprays Even in April the air felt warm after the British wetness and cold As we walked along peacefully Helena and I counted off the Seven Hills together While we came west along the Esuiline ridge we had an evening wind in our faces It bore tantalizing traces of rich meat dumplings gurgling in dark gravies in five hundred dubious cookshops oysters simmering with coriander in white wine sauce pork braising with fennel peppercorns and pine nuts in the busy kitchen of some private mansion immediately below Up to our high spot rose a distant murmur of the permanent hubbub below touts and orators crashing loads donkeys and doorbells the crunch of a marching Guards detachment the swarming cries of humanity densely packed than anywhere in the Empire or the know world beyondIt isn t just this Davis offers There is mystery murder social commentary history both in Rome and in England comedy of manners and family suabbles politics and insights into ruling Flavian dynasty during its early stages But than all this Davis weaves a story that takes the informer that era s term for a private investigator Falco from a callow opportunist to a mature man And how that is accomplished you will have to read for yourself Before I leave you here is another selection EnjoyIt was a lively day warm and bright with a lift in the airAll the temples had been thrown open and the baths were closed incense smoking on a thousand altars grappled with the whiff of half a million people perspiring in their holiday clothes without a chance to bathe all day Apart from one or two dedicated housebreakers slipping through deserted streets with discreet sacks of swag everyone who was not in the procession was watching it There were so many gawpers packed along the processional route that the marchers and floats could hardly crawl along My brother in law Mico the plasterer had for once been put to use They sent him out at first light to erect a scaffold just for us in front of some unwary citizen s private house There was not really room for a scaffold but when the aedile s troops saw the entire Didius family installed on a day s hampers all eating suelchy melons and wearing country hats with their noses already stuck well down their gourds of wine and their throats full of ready abuse the troopers accepted a slice of melon each then shambled off without trying to tear the scaffold down

SUMMARY The Silver Pigs

A heavy burden as heavy as a pile of stolen Imperial ingots in fact Matters just get complicated when Falco meets Helena Justina a Senator's daughter who is connected to the very same traitors he has sworn to expose Soon Falco finds himself swept from the perilous back alleys of Ancient Rome to the silver mines of distant Britain and up against. Wow I really liked this It s very accessible you can enjoy it even if you don t know a thing about the history of Ancient Rome The author supplies historical details smoothly without lecturing the readerThe mystery itself wasn t especially gripping but the story was fast paced with truly likeable characters and great dialogue I started snickering at the dramatis personae and continued to be amused all the way through the bookThere are freuent oddly placed paragraph breaks which make the writing seem a little choppy at first but after a while I started to enjoy the narrative style I ve already ordered the next book in this series


10 thoughts on “The Silver Pigs

  1. says:

    Way back in early 2015 I read Lindsey Davis' The Ides of April I liked it and since it featured the daughter of Marcus Didius Falco I thought I would eventually get around to the original character The Silver Pigs is the first of ma

  2. says:

    The Silver Pigs is fun to read And if you're looking to read to relax there's no better praiseAs I mentioned in my comment the voice and tone reminded me of Glen Cook's Garrett PI series sans the fantasy element Even strongly I'm reminded of a Roman Rockford Files which may be brilliantly illuminative to those of a certain age or

  3. says:

    'Now don't be worried' I reassured her 'Tell me how old are you?'She was sixteen O Jupiter'Married?''Do I look like a person who is married?'She looked like a person who soon should be Nope Not for me

  4. says:

    Wow I really liked this It's very accessible; you can enjoy it even if you don't know a thing about the history of Ancient Rome The author supplies historical details smoothly without lecturing the readerThe mystery itself wasn't especially gripping but the story was fast paced with truly likeable characters and great dialogue I started snickering at the dramatis personae and continued to be amused all the way through the bookThere are freu

  5. says:

    'Silver Pigs' begins at a run and it really doesn't let up Marcus Didius Falco a 70 AD Roman private informer whose usual jobs invo

  6. says:

    Enjoyed the reread I always find new plot points or historical references that I've missed This time it was Vit

  7. says:

    This is the highly entertaining and enjoyable first novel in the series Marcus Didius Falco is a first century detective in Rome or

  8. says:

    “When the girl came rushing up the steps I decided she was wearing far too many clothes”Sam Spade? Phillip Marlowe? Mike Hammer? Nope none other than Marcus Didius Falco the private investigator who is the creation of English author Lindsey Davis And “The Silver Pigs” is the first of 20 books she has written about the adventures of Falco set in 70 AD during the the beginning of the reign of Roman Emperor Vespac

  9. says:

    I like the MC in this series He is like your uncle who lives next door He is normal trying to do the best he canand he can

  10. says:

    Oh where do I start? A private eye series set in ancient Rome This is the first one I won't add all the books individually there are I think 18 by now but it's set in Rome in 70AD the hero is Marcus Didius Falco a Roman 'informer' and his friends and his over the top family and his lady Helena Justina the senator's daughter way out of his league but that doesn't stop them lol and HER family They are my favourite ancien

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