Saturnalia



[Reading] ➯ Saturnalia ➷ Lindsey Davis – E17streets4all.co.uk It is the Roman holiday of Saturnalia The days are short, the nights are for wild parties A general has captured a famous enemy of Rome and brings her home to adorn his triumph as a ritual sacrifice T It is the Roman holiday of Saturnalia The days are short, the nights are for wild parties A general has captured a famous enemy of Rome and brings her home to adorn his triumph as a ritual sacrifice The logistics go wrong she acquires a mystery illness then a young man is horrendously murdered and she escapes from house arrestMarcus Didius Falco is pitted against his old rival, the chief spy Anacrites, in a race to find the fugitive before her presence angers the public and makes the government look stupid Falco has other priorities, for Helena s brother Justinus has also vanished, perhaps fatefully involved once with the great lost love of his youthAgainst the riotous backdrop of the season of misrule, the search seems impossible and only Falco appears to notice that some dark agency is bringing death to the city streets.Saturnalia

Lindsey Davis, historical novelist, was born in Birmingham, England in Having taken a degree in English literature at Oxford University Lady Margaret Hall , she became a civil servant She left the civil service after years, and when a romantic novel she had written was runner up for the Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize, she decided to become a writer, writing at first romantic serials for the UK women s magazine Woman s RealmHer interest in history and archaeology led to her writing a historical novel about Vespasian and his lover Antonia Caenis The Course of Honour , for which she couldn t find a publisher She tried again, and her first novel featuring the Roman detective , Marcus Didius Falco, The Silver Pigs, set in the same time period and published in , was the start of her runaway success as a writer of historical whodunnits A further nineteen Falco novels and Falco The Official Companion have followed, as well as The Course of Honour, which was finally published in Rebels and Traitors, set in the period of the English Civil War, was published in September Davis has won many literary awards, and was honorary president of the Classical Association from to .

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader is pitted against his old rival, the chief spy Anacrites, in a race to find the fugitive before her presence angers the public and makes the government look stupid Falco has other priorities, for Helena s brother Justinus has also vanished, perhaps fatefully involved once with the great lost love of his youthAgainst the riotous backdrop of the season of misrule, the search seems impossible and only Falco appears to notice that some dark agency is bringing death to the city streets."/>
  • Audio CD
  • 10 pages
  • Saturnalia
  • Lindsey Davis
  • English
  • 01 June 2019
  • 079274845X

10 thoughts on “Saturnalia

  1. says:

    How can you go wrong with a book that features a guy dressed up as a 5 foot high carrot at the Roman equivalent of a police precinct s Christmas party This is the 18th of the Falco books But if you picked this one up and had never read any of the previous books, my guess is after reading it you d want to go back and read the previous 17 And for those of us who have been Falcophiles for years, this is pure delight.Christian Rodska does a good narration, but like most male narrators, he doesn t How can you go wrong with a book that features a guy dressed up as a 5 foot high carrot at the Roman equivalent of a police precinct s Christmas party This is the 18th of the Falco books But if you picked this one up and had never read any of the previous books, my guess is after reading it you d want to go back and read the previous 17 And for those of us who have been Falcophiles for years, this is pure delight.Christian Rodska does a good narration, but like most male narrators, he doesn t do so good a job with women s voices I found his Claudia Rufina voice especially annoying it sounded like the drag queen maid in The Birdcage I really wish this and other books could have 2 narrators, one male and one female

  2. says:

    Falco goes back to revisit a character from book 4 the Iron Hand of Mars and solve an historical puzzleExpect a tale of murder, foreign prophetess, annoying arch nemesis, and general holiday mayhem as Davis offers her own ideas about what happened to Veleda.Be aware that while it s not necessary to read the books in order, it certainly helps Falco s family life has evolved throughout the series, and play a big part in describing daily lives and plot points Assaph Mehr, author of Murder In A Falco goes back to revisit a character from book 4 the Iron Hand of Mars and solve an historical puzzleExpect a tale of murder, foreign prophetess, annoying arch nemesis, and general holiday mayhem as Davis offers her own ideas about what happened to Veleda.Be aware that while it s not necessary to read the books in order, it certainly helps Falco s family life has evolved throughout the series, and play a big part in describing daily lives and plot points Assaph Mehr, author of Murder In Absentia A story of Togas, Daggers, and Magic for lovers of Ancient Rome, Murder Mysteries, and Urban Fantasy

  3. says:

    It s the festival of Saturnalia, and our pal Marcus is asked to find an escaped prisoner, who may be shacked up with one of his in laws, before the city spies find her.A lot f tension is generated Probably the best in the series I ve read so far.

  4. says:

    Another fun Falco mystery This is set in Rome and was particularly fun for me to read, as I am just back from Rome It is fun to try to visualize the forum including the various temples mentioned in the book as it must have been in AD76 And to know how far it is across the forum and up Aventine Hill I really enjoy how Lindsey Davis includes information on the Saturnalia celebrations, slavery, homelessness, the various practices of medicine, and other aspects 1st century Rome as part of the st Another fun Falco mystery This is set in Rome and was particularly fun for me to read, as I am just back from Rome It is fun to try to visualize the forum including the various temples mentioned in the book as it must have been in AD76 And to know how far it is across the forum and up Aventine Hill I really enjoy how Lindsey Davis includes information on the Saturnalia celebrations, slavery, homelessness, the various practices of medicine, and other aspects 1st century Rome as part of the story without resorting to long, scholarly digressions I enjoy her depictions of strong, smart women, such as Helena, her mother Julia and Veleda, the German priestess And Davis s wonderful sense of humor

  5. says:

    Falco is back, and this time, facing the madness of Saturnalia As those who know him might guess, he s not a fan of the upside down world of the festival His family and household are mad enough as it is, so the gods alone know what might happen.Events are further complicated by a reappearance of a figure from the past A general, with his eyeon personal glory than good sense, has captured a German priestess, Veleda, and brought her to Rome, hoping for a Triumph in which she will be the m Falco is back, and this time, facing the madness of Saturnalia As those who know him might guess, he s not a fan of the upside down world of the festival His family and household are mad enough as it is, so the gods alone know what might happen.Events are further complicated by a reappearance of a figure from the past A general, with his eyeon personal glory than good sense, has captured a German priestess, Veleda, and brought her to Rome, hoping for a Triumph in which she will be the major exhibit.However, a long time ago, Falco and Justinus his brother in law found themselves as Veleda s prisoner Justinus spent hours with her and managed to persuade her to free them, and Falco has always wondered what happened.The trouble starts when Justinus goes missing, as does Veleda, after a severed head is found in the villa where she is being held Falco is called in to sort out the mess before the public find out what has happened, and that there is a supposedly bloodthirsty barbarian priestess loose among them.Falco is beset by all sorts of family problems, and the job itself is also rather too close to home for comfort Along the way, he again finds himself going head to head with his old enemy, Anacrites, the Chief Spy Once again, we see Falco having to deal with officials for who everything has to be or at least be seen to be straightforward and black and white Officials who will happily sacrifice him for their own purposes.A significant part of the book deals with the medical professions available to Roman citizens for a price , and their discussions and arguments are mostly entertaining and crucial to the plot I did feel that at one or two points, the author overdid these to show all her research The story is tightly plotted, with lots of twists, and several red herrings and dead ends The last couple of episodes in this series I found a little ordinary, but this volume is a real return to form A lot going on, plenty of reflection, conflicts of conscience, and all the madness of Saturnalia A typical slice of life for Falco

  6. says:

    This is almost the 20th book in the Falco series, and it seems to be getting a little long in the tooth All our old friends are back, and it is set in Rome, as the best of the Lindsey Davis books seem to be A fun, light read, but I feel like I m going through the usual motions when reading this one.

  7. says:

    Io Saturnalia Bah Humbug On returning from his Greek odyssey our intrepid Roman gum sandaled protagonist Marcus Didius Falco is summoned to the Imperial Palace and given a most delicate assignment, namely to discreetly find and apprehend an escaped barbarian prophetess, who he encountered years previously while undertaking a dangerous mission in Germania for Emperor Vespasian Unable to refuse this request Falco soon realises that this isthan just a missing person s case since said proph Io Saturnalia Bah Humbug On returning from his Greek odyssey our intrepid Roman gum sandaled protagonist Marcus Didius Falco is summoned to the Imperial Palace and given a most delicate assignment, namely to discreetly find and apprehend an escaped barbarian prophetess, who he encountered years previously while undertaking a dangerous mission in Germania for Emperor Vespasian Unable to refuse this request Falco soon realises that this isthan just a missing person s case since said prophetess appears to be responsible for the beheading of a senator s relative and also attempting to single handedly decimate Rome s population, starting with the city s down and outs Add to this the general mayhem associated with the solstice celebration of Saturnalia, the hectic and hilarious activities of his extended family, plus all the perils involved in crossing swords with his arch nemesis, the Chief Spy Anacrites, Falco may be forgiven for donning the persona of a Roman Scrooge Luckily, help is at hand in the shape of his wife and partner in crime solving Helena Justina and his best friend and drinking buddy, Lucius Petronius Longus, watch captain of the Vigiles the local fire fighting police force.As is the author s wont, placed amongst the narrative twists and red herrings there is detailed information about first century Rome s medical practitioners and the reality behind the Empire s social structure, in particular the lives and deaths of slaves and the homelessness However, as the book is also infused with the author s trademark sharp wit and repartee these descriptions are not overwhelming Indeed there are some side splitting episodes, such as the description of a raucous Vigiles Saturnalia party involving a five foot carrot and turnip As I have written in previous reviews I feel that in order to fully appreciate these later Falco novels it is essential to have read the previous books, where an understanding of the family dynamics is particularly rewarding Interestingly, the barbarian prophetess Veleda and the Roman Governor Gaius Rutilius Gallicus were actual historical figures who appear to have been present in Rome around this time

  8. says:

    I remembered the newer Falco novels as being rather disappointing, and wasn t hoping for great things I thought I hadn t read this one before, but it turns out I had.From personal prejudice I don t like the way the author has chosen to break up first Petronius s marriage, then Justinus s, and what she does to Veleda seems a bit harsh if realistic, in terms of barbarians in Rome as well That said, i wasn t as disappointed by the book as from memory I had half expected to be there s faint p I remembered the newer Falco novels as being rather disappointing, and wasn t hoping for great things I thought I hadn t read this one before, but it turns out I had.From personal prejudice I don t like the way the author has chosen to break up first Petronius s marriage, then Justinus s, and what she does to Veleda seems a bit harsh if realistic, in terms of barbarians in Rome as well That said, i wasn t as disappointed by the book as from memory I had half expected to be there s faint praise for you The Falco books tend to have a gimmick of the week featuring some new aspect of the Roman world, and here it s a the titular festival, which sounds very much like the mediaeval Feast of Misrule, and b the different schools of medicine Quite a few operations take place or are mentioned in this novel, some surprising I didn t know the Romans could remove cataracts, presumably going in via the pupil of the eye itself.There is a neat solution to the opening crime, although that was one part of the book I didn t remember at all it obviously didn t make as much impression on me as the temple at Nemi There is a rather odd, unexplained and rushed scene at the end The Saturnalia stuff is entertaining, though I feel it would have been a better book without Anacrites in it at all, or at least with less of him in it The author seemsattached to him as a character than Falco is, who can t stand him, or this reader is at least

  9. says:

    This is the 18th installment in the Marcus Didius Falco mystery series but the first I ever read The narrator detective hero is an investigator who often works for the Emperor or other important figures in imperial Rome The time is 76 A.D., so the emperor is Vespasian, and their December holiday of Saturnalia is just beginning The plot involves a German warrior priestess fleeing from house arrest immediately after a Roman nobleman s head is found, minus his body, floating ominously in the atr This is the 18th installment in the Marcus Didius Falco mystery series but the first I ever read The narrator detective hero is an investigator who often works for the Emperor or other important figures in imperial Rome The time is 76 A.D., so the emperor is Vespasian, and their December holiday of Saturnalia is just beginning The plot involves a German warrior priestess fleeing from house arrest immediately after a Roman nobleman s head is found, minus his body, floating ominously in the atrium pool in front of her former quarters Falco must track her down and turn her in, and to complicate matters, she saved his life years ago and was the first love of his current brother in law, who stands accused of treason for aiding her I have to say it always helps when a detective narrator has a great sense of humor, when his observations regularly convey droll wit, and Davis s Falco certainly scores well in that area The large cast of characters was a bit cumbersome, but there are maps, family trees, and character summaries in the front matter so if you get confused or want to pause and re focus as you read along, support is available.I didn t find the process of unravelling who cmmitted the murders particularly compelling in this novel, yes, the murders accumulate as the book goes on , but for learningabout the society, culture, practices, and geographic layout of first century Rome in an entertaining and enjoyable way, this book was delightful I am not myself a student of Latin or Classics, but if I was teaching in those areas, I might well consider supplementing coursework with student readings of books like this, because the author taught me quite a bit about the feast of Saturnalia, the first century views on medicine, and the prescribed gender, class, and family relation roles of that culture while I took pleasure in getting to know the main characters and their diverse and often humorous wide range of secondary support characters It is clear to me just after one book what a charming and smart sidekick Falco s noble wife Helena is during his many investigations, and what a delicious arch nemesis is provided by his investigative competition, Anacrites the Spy.I never came across this series before, but it is good enough to consider starting from the beginning, so that one might see the characters lives go forward as they grow together

  10. says:

    I love Lindsey Davis and her Vespasian era detective stories I love her characters and the historical period she has them swimming in This book seemed set to complain about the unhappiness that envelopes the Saturnalia holiday the roman holiday dedicated to the overthrow of Roman norms and a return to the primitive state in midwinter celebrating the harvest past and the harvest to come This would be the Roman equivalent of Christmas holidays Davis brings in a huge portion of the extended f I love Lindsey Davis and her Vespasian era detective stories I love her characters and the historical period she has them swimming in This book seemed set to complain about the unhappiness that envelopes the Saturnalia holiday the roman holiday dedicated to the overthrow of Roman norms and a return to the primitive state in midwinter celebrating the harvest past and the harvest to come This would be the Roman equivalent of Christmas holidays Davis brings in a huge portion of the extended family to illustrate the problems with these rampant festivities and the misery they hide or create So much of the family is included in the story that they all get short shrift Even Veleda the former priestess and prophetess of the germanic tribe the Bructerii gets very little scope in the story This despite the fact that her appearance in Rome and subsequent disappearance after a murder takes place in her safe house are central to the plot All the characters get very little play in the story entering and leaving rapidly often with simply a summary description as in Junia the proper sister, or Allia the tired sister The plot also bogs down with an examination of homelessness, ostensibly in ancient Rome but certainly relatable to present day The story isn t very funny Lindsey Davis normally is quite funny.A lot of the characters don t ring true for me Maia, Veleda, Claudia Rufina, Albia even Brother Justinus don t seem like themselves and they don t really get much to do The over ambitious book is uneven, unfunny and feels a little too much like an attempt at moralizing At least she doesn t kill off building contractors or literary agents like she did in earlier books where she was riding a hobby horse of her own Generally I love her books This one was long and unsatisfying

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