A Body in the Bath House

A Body in the Bath House

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  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Large print ed
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  • 0753166135
  • 9780753166130

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By Spring AD 75 Marcus Didius Falco has (almost) reached a state of maturity. A loving husband, father of two beautiful daughters, comfortably bossed by his lovely patrician wife Helena (though with everyone else his accumulated experience has given him an impressive air of authority, making him much in demand as informer and general trouble-shooter). He has recently acquired a brand-new state-of-the-art house in central Rome, though has not yet moved in for, as always, building is way behind schedule and there is a disgusting smell in the bath-house which proves to come from a decaying corpse under the hypocaust. Falco is furious with the now departed cowboy-contractors and vows vengeance. Before he can find the miscreants he is summoned by his most important client - the Emperor Vespasian - to investigate another urgent building problem (home-improvement is the Roman Empire's latest fad) connected with the construction of a vast, spectacular, palace for the 'Great King of the Britons' - a pal of the Emperor. A big, important, job, but why does it have to be in the provence lowest on Falco's list of Favourite Places? Gloomily he sets of on the journey north, accompanied by Helena, his babies, their nurse, his sister Maia Favonia and Helena's two brothers, to find things much worse even than he anticipated. Everything is behind time and over-budget; heads of departments all loathe each other; corrupt practices are rife; the weather is still awful. And Falco has a strong feeling his missing cowboy-contractors are somewhere on-site. Lindsey Davis is knowledgeable enough about the period to treat her characters with some disrespect, and events with a confidence which comes from meticulous research, leavened with humour, and imagination. (Kirkus UK)show more

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