The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis

About the book

In 1989 THE SILVER PIGS introduced the world to laid-back first-century detective Marcus Didius Falco, his partner Helena Justina, his law and order pal Petronius, and his indomitable Mother – who became some of the most celebrated characters in historical fiction.
Now reissued in a special new edition to celebrate publication of Falco’s twentieth investigation, THE SILVER PIGS sees Falco cynically eyeing up the new Roman emperor, Vespasian. Our hero, a private informer, rescues a young girl in trouble and is catapulted into a dangerous game involving stolen imperial ingots, a dark political plot and, most hazardous of all, a senator’s daughter connected to the traitors Falco has sworn to expose …

Reviewed by Shipton Bellinger WI Reading Group:

The book was generally enjoyed by most of the group. We found it a very painless way to learn about ancient Rome. It stimulated discussion about the way of life in Vespasian’s Rome and we felt it was meticulously researched.

Star rating: ***

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5 thoughts on “The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis”

  1. Review by Museum Book Group:
    A rattling good ‘who done it’ set in Rome AD70 and Britain. The whole group found it funny and enjoyable with a really believable plot. Well researched historical background with maps and dramatis personae. Will read more ‘Falco’ novels.
    Star rating: ****

  2. Review by Emsworth Crime Group:
    Great wit and scholarship, fine pastiche, great fun
    Star rating: ****

  3. Review by Emsworth Crime Group:
    Great wit and scholarship, fine pastiche, great fun
    Star rating: ****

  4. Review by Anton U3A Bookies:
    Our group fell into two sections – about equal. These were those who enjoyed a racy read – others who thought it a trivial waste of time. Definitely two extreme views, so it is not possible to give a rating.

  5. Review by Sheet WI
    Mixed. some enjoyed it very much but others were confused by the names and found it a dull story.
    Star rating: none given

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