A Body In The Bath House: by Lindsey Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The discovery of a body under the floor of a newly completed bathhouse in their home sees our hero, Marcus Didius Falco and his wife Helena Justina, travel back to Britain, the place where they were first introduced and came to know each other. The journey back is radically different to Falco’s first visit as a soldier of Rome’s legions; this time, he travels as an Imperial agent despatched to sort out a problem on a building site being funded from Rome’s treasury.
Arriving in Britain, Falco finds a building site immersed in corrupt practices, ravished by a series of ‘accidents’, and managed by a team bristling with jealousy and conflict. The scene seems ripe for murder and intrigue, and this is exactly what Falco, Helena and others they encounter or know come into contact with. The result is a wonderful narrative, expertly devised and delivered by the author in the style to which we’ve become accustomed to.
The use of the first-person narrative, together with the ‘gumshoe’ genre of private detective novels, provide a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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