The Accusers by Lindsey Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There was murder and intrigue a plenty in this volume of the unfolding Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries series, but the location for the revelation of the mystery was not focused on the streets of Rome but the law courts of the Basilica Julia.
Drawn into the sensationalism of corruption and disgrace faced by a prominent Roman senatorial family, Falco and Associates find themselves partnering with a lawyer – who proves to be less than reliable – to defending one member of the family charged with the murder of the patriarch, and forced to first lay and then withdraw charges against another member of the same family. Their attempts to both defend and prosecute are hampered by family members of all sorts distorting the truth and insisting on hiding of a grave family secrets.
Unable to unearth the truth, Falco and Associates face financial ruin, and it is only through the quick thinking of Falco that they avert their own personal disaster while finally learning what really happened.
Another wonderful narrative from Lindsey Davis – unlike her previous editions, but engaging nevertheless – that provides a gripping story and an insight into the Roman legal system.
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