A Body in the Bathhouse

Lindsey Davis

A Body in the Bathhouse

A Body in the Bathhouse

  • Title: A Body in the Bathhouse
  • Author: Lindsey Davis
  • ISBN: 9780892967711
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Hardcover

In another classical crime romp, this time in Roman Britain, Falco investigates a spate of killings, only to find himself next on the assassins list.Marcus Didius Falco, once a common informer, now middle class, discovers that newly acquired rank brings associated problems, the most gruesome of which is a corpse buried under the tiles of his new bath house The contractorIn another classical crime romp, this time in Roman Britain, Falco investigates a spate of killings, only to find himself next on the assassins list.Marcus Didius Falco, once a common informer, now middle class, discovers that newly acquired rank brings associated problems, the most gruesome of which is a corpse buried under the tiles of his new bath house The contractors have fled to Britain where, as the Fates have it, Falco is ordered.A local chief and ally of the Romans is having a palace built by the Emperor Vespasian However, the project is running late, work is slipshod, and fatal accidents keep happening Somewhere on the site are the murderers who may be behind this latest spate of killings Somewhere in the forefront, troubleshooting for the Emperor, is Falco, without an ally and now next on the list for assassination.

Recent Comments "A Body in the Bathhouse"

Falco explores the building and construction trade.In the first novel in the Falco series set in Britannia, Falco chases a murderer and gets a look at the construction of a new palatial mansion in the countryside (based on the archaeological ruins at Fishbourne).Expect some emotional dramas as Falco's private life is a constant sub-plot, and some examination of Roman dentistry. The main focus, however, is on the construction industry. From Falco's new home's bath, to the grand palace for a local [...]

3,5 starsThis is one of my favorite series. The main characters (Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina) are in fact, one of my all time favorite couples, so it's always great to read a book that features them.I feel like i know them for more than a decade now. :) The banter and witty comments that the characters exchange, were as always a pleasure to read.It would however be a greater pleasure of mine, if this series would once again start being translated to portugueseoh, how i miss thee!! (as [...]

No suelo abandonar un libro. Pero cierto es que hay una relación proporcional entre mi edad y el número de libros abandonados. Cuando era más joven no sentía que leer un libro que no me gustara era perder el tiempo. Ahora que soy menos joven, sí. Quizá sea porque el espectro de libros que me esperan ha aumentado considerablemente.Hace unos años leí La plata de Britania, la primera de veinte dedicada a las pesquisas del detective romano Didio Falco y ya entonces tuve problemas. Me despist [...]


Thirteenth of the Marcus Didius Falco mysteries, a fun and simultaneously instructive series penned by Lindsey Davis, which provides interesting background of social, cultural, and political practices of the Roman Empire during the reign of Vespasian, who ruled from 69 to 79 A.D. Our intrepid hero Falco sniffs out (well, that’s putting it lightly) a decaying body buried in the caldarium (hot room) of the bathhouse at the mansion he just got from his father, making a move back into Rome to acco [...]

The one at Fishbourne Palace with the dodgy workmen and the irritating nanny.

Always good to go back and re-read a favorite. If you haven't met 'Falco' you should. A genuinely interesting character.

Perfect holiday reading. If you like the other Falco novels, you’ll enjoy this one. If you’ve no interest in private eye mysteries set in the Rome of Vespasian, you won’t. Side note: something tells me that the author, Lindsay Davies once had a very bad experience with builders.

FishbourneI got hopelessly confused trying to use this book to help me understand Fishbourne on the ground. So I gave up and just enjoyed my day out (10 years ago now) and enjoyed rereading the book afterwards.I like Falco's descriptions of life in Britain - still true today.

Another good read by this author. The only question I have is when is Falco going to marry the girl. He now has 2 daughters, and is in the middle rank, so nothing stands in his way.

Marco Didio Falco, l’investigatore romano che opera nell’epoca dei Flavi, questa volta è in trasferta nella sua Inghilterra. Sua perché è lì che ha conosciuto Elena Giustina, la figlia di un senatore romano che ha sposato e che gli ha appena dato la sua seconda figlia, Favonia. Sua perché Falco si muove nell’isola di Albione con una certa dimestichezza, spiegata anche dal fatto che il nostro investigatore, affiancato dal fedele amico Petronio Longo, ha prestato servizio militare nella [...]

Bookwell I don't know how many in the Falco series of historical crime comedies from one of the UK's best writers in the genre. Finally elevated to Equestrian status (something that happened a few books back), Falco sets to work on building a bathhouse at this still modest home. He may have official title from Vespasian, but Procurator of the Sacred Geese of the Temple of Juno probably doesn't pay that well anyway.Nothing ever goes swimmingly for our protagonist and at the end of the first chapt [...]

Marcus Didius Falco is quite exasperated. Not only has he just become a father for the second time, he is also overseeing the renovation of his future home, and on top of that, he is involved in a remake of his father's house. He is especially cross about Gloccus and Cotta, two incredibly unreliable contractors who were supposed to build Didius Senior's bath house but have been AWOL for weeks. More or less by accident, Falco and his father stumble on a secret of theirs, which is literally stinki [...]

I really wanted to give this book a higher rating mostly because I have enjoyed the "Falco" series so much over the years. This, the 13th in the series, doesn't quite measure up to the previous offerings. The story opens with Falco uncovering a decaying body in the bathhouse he is having built at his new family residence in Rome. He believes that the bathhouse builders are the perpetrators and have run off to Britain, a place Falco hates. Fortunately or unfortunately the Emperor Vespasian asks h [...]

The Falcos return to Britain, this time as a couple and avoiding the Mendips and mines in favour of a building site where it seems an Imperial project is well over budget, there is a disturbing number of deaths on site and the whole project seems to be out of control. Not that Falco is all that interested in accepting the Emperor’s commission – but it also seems that two dodgy builders he believes responsible for the corpse under his bathroom floor may also be in the vicinity. So off the go [...]

2.5 stars. I always enjoy reading about Marcus Didius Falco and his family, but this isn't one of my favorites in this series, and it's not a particularly intriguing murder mystery. I find that I usually prefer the Falco adventures which take place in Rome.After Falco discovers the titular body in his new bathhouse, he accepts an assignment from the emperor to investigate corruption at a huge building site in Britain. Falco suspects that his wretched bathhouse contractors might have absconded th [...]

I am a fan of the Falco series, but I struggled with this volume. I think there are a few reasons for this; firstly, the story itself was rather tame - nefarious goings-on at a building site in Britannia, which Falco is sent to sort out. It is all rather straightforward stuff, without the twists and turns that normally follow Falco. Secondly, there are too many personal strands stretched out around this thin plot; too many of Falco's family end up going with him, and he even comes across the mis [...]

Here's the dilema of investing time in long-running book cycles - sooner or later they start loosing steam and should be abandoned, but you keep on picking up next book in the series simply out of habit and because the characters have become your friends. 'A Body in the Bathhouse' is a proof to that little theory of mine - the plot is only mildly interesting (although it is better than in last couple of preceding volumes) and if forced to depend on its own merits, it is a rather unremarkable boo [...]

Dirty diapers and double dealing.Really funny, well paced, and historically accurate with great details. Falco, the main character is witty without being overly quippy smarty toga. You have like a 'Man from Rome' who brings his wife, 2 small children, dog, nephews, lusty yet lazy Freedwoman and angry sister on a long trip by ship to the newly Romanized British Isles by order of the current Emperor. He and his wife make an interesting team and their relationship is healthy. It is refreshing to fo [...]

Britain–the last place on earth that Marcus Didius Falco wants to visit. But when Emperor Vespasian asks him to conduct a cost analysis of a building site on the edge of the empire, our hero can hardly refuse. A Body in the Bathhouse shows the Didius family traveling en masse to the wilds of Britain: Marcus, his helpful wife Helena Justina, and their two little girls; Justinus and Aulus, assistants and brothers-in-law to the intrepid informer; and Maia, Marcus’ sarcastic sister who needs to [...]

I'm having a real hard time getting my review up here. Here I go one more time after having two reviews lost to cyberspace.I followed my friend and favorite detective Falco out of Ancient Rome to a construction site on a job commissioned by the emperor. The project is going no where and is hemorrhaging money. As he tries to unravel the problems of the project in a hostile environment, he uncovers a series of murders and finds himself in the crosshairs of the murderer or murderers.In each Falco n [...]

This is a wonderful evocation of Roman Britain through the eyes of the reluctant Anglophile Falco. LD must have been project managing her own Roman inspired self-build, such is the understanding of the Roman building industry (perhaps more than a little of the current ones too). It is Falco's wry & worldly approach to the task at hand that lifts this novel above the others in this genre. One of Helena's brothers is drawn in to this episode with some interesting results. We meet some old frie [...]

Falco and Helena are back in Britain, along with assorted family members (including Helena's two brothers), on a new assignment for the Emperor Vespasian, this time auditing a building site. But it's not just any building site. It's the "Great King's" new palace, a gift from Vespasian to the local chieftain for his loyalty to Rome. We know it today as Fishbourne Palace, an amazing Roman ruin in West Sussex, England, bigger than Buckingham Palace. The book has everything one wants from a Falco ca [...]

I really enjoy this series! This time Marcus Didius Falco and his entourage have journeyed back to Britain, not exactly his favorite place in the Roman Empire. Vespasian has asked him to help sort out the mismanagement of a major building project. Falco takes his family, plus his sister Maia with him to evade the clutches of a spurned Anacrites. Murder and mayhem ensue as usual, and also as usual, Falco manages to uncover fraud, reveal murderers, and stay in relatively one piece. Aside from the [...]

This murder mystery was a very interesting novel because it takes place during the Roman Empire. It begins when Marcus Didius Falco finds a dead body under his bathhouse floor after it was worked on. He and his entire family went to Britain to investigate the funding of the construction of the British king's palace. he also brings along his sister to protect her from a Roman official whom she rejected as a lover.I had fun reading this book. I appreciated the list of characters at the beginning o [...]

I like this whole series. It combines two of my favorite things: Classical civilizations and the classic detective story.Set in ancient Rome and other classical locals, this book and the rest in the series follows Marcus Didius Falco as he accidentally solves murders, blackmails, scandals and robberies while trying to manage his household and his business.Fun, light, not badly written, and right up my ally. Maybe yours, too. Who knows. There's no harm in reading something new.

I couldn't figure out how the character's had gone from poverty level to the middle class so quickly between books. Until I went back over the list and discovered that I had skipped two books in the series. The series moves well, I do recommend that you brush up on you Latin and get a map of the Roman Empire during that time. Struggling with the geography and trying to place current names with the older ones.

Marcus Didius Falco discovers that rank bring problems, the most gruesome of which is a corpse buried under the tiles of his new bath house. The contractors have fled to Britain where, as the Fates have it, Falco is ordered. A local chief and ally of the Romans is having a Palace built by the Emperor Vespasian. However, the project is running late, and fatal accidents keep happening. Falco, troubleshooting for the Emperor, is without an ally and now next on the list for assassination.

Falco and his father discover a corpse under the floor of his new bath house. The contractors unfortunately may have fled to Britain, a place that Falco hates. But he is ordered to go to southern Britain to investigate the overly high running costs of a palace being built for Togidubnus, an ally of the Emperor Vespasian.

I usually love books set in Roman Britain and I adore Falco but this adventure was far from a favorite. I found the local color lacking, the family turmoil confusing and the mystery only so-so. While there was a map of the palace that is the main setting there was no map of the surroundings which would have been helpful.

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