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!Read Epub ò Ode to a Banker à In the long, hot Roman Summer of AD, Marcus Didius Falco, private informer and spare time poet, gives a reading for his family and friends Things get out of hand as usual The event is taken over by Aurelius Chrysippus, a wealthy Greek banker and patron to a group of struggling writers, who offers to publish Falco s work a golden opportunity that rapidly palls A visit to the Chrysippusscriptorium implicates him in a gruesome literary murder so when Petronius Longus, the over worked vigiles enquiry chief, commissions him to investigate, Falco is forced to accept Dead men wait Favorite line from this one Another good entry into the Marcus Didius Falco series In this entry Falco investigates the death of a book publisher as well as some bankers The lovely Helena continues to act as his second in command and helps resolve the case This series is a lot of fun, highly recommended. Marcus Didius Falco an informer detective of ancient Rome has tricky case Who killed the scroll seller He was so hated that nearly everyone was a suspect.image The reviewer gets Falco s name wrongThe wrong label he gave me in his introduction was about to stick So much for fame Your name becomes well known in some incorrect version It only happens to some of us Don t tell me you ve ever bought a copy of Julius Castor s Gallician Wars Negoitating a book deal So I assume you are interes Marcus Didius Falco an informer detective of ancient Rome has tricky case Who killed the scroll seller He was so hated that nearly everyone was a suspect.image The reviewer gets Falco s name wrongThe wrong label he gave me in his introduction was about to stick So much for fame Your name becomes well known in some incorrect version It only happens to some of us Don t tell me you ve ever bought a copy of Julius Castor s Gallician Wars Negoitating a book deal So I assume you are interested I could see Helena, who was standing behind him, shaking her head passionately, with bared teeth I m interested I smiled blithely Helena had closed her eyes I would like to seeof what you do, I think Where she might have looked relieved at my caution, Helena now acted out manic despair she knew what I would be like if I was let loose at a scroll seller s She read as avidly as I did though when it came to buying, she did not share my taste As my taste had until recently depended upon what I could lay hands on in a limited corner of the second or third hand market, she was probably right to be sceptical For most of my life I only ever had parts of scroll sets unboxed , and I had to swap them once they were read Well, you can come down and see us, Euschemon conceded grumpily I will, I said Helena mimed throwing a large skillet at my head It was an excellent mime I could smell the dumplings in the imaginary hot broth and feel the sharp edged handle rivets dinging my skull Pa s auction houseA double storeyed edifice, set around an open area, where you could buy any kind of junk jewellery and bric a brac or be fleeced over furniture and so called art by masters of the auctioneering fraternity like Pa Unless you were desperate to acquire a fifth hand general s fold up throne with one leg missing, you left your arm purse at home On the other hand, if you hankered for a cheap reproduction Venus of Cos with her nose glued on crookedly, this was the place to come They would even wrap it up for you, and not laugh at your gullibility until you had almost left the shop House cleaning tips to remove the victim s blood from a mosaic floor Can they take away the body Once I hear what the household people say Then they can clear the mess Mind you, the grout in the lovely mosaic is going to hold those stains Regrouting with a wash is the answer, said Fusculus, matching my reflective tone Clean the marble pieces thoroughly, then new cement sluiced all over the lot in a thin mixture, and sponged down Expensive Oh, but worth it They ll be looking at the fellow s gore for ever otherwise The book trade So how were sales I asked lightly.Euschemon replied in a dry tone, As usual if you listen to people who commission material, they have a lively stable of writers and are expecting shortly to ruin their competitors The competitors, however, will accuse them of teetering on the brink of bankruptcy If you ask the scroll shops, life is a long struggle manuscripts are hard to come by at reasonable prices and customers don t want to know If you look around, people are nonetheless reading although probably not reading what the critics are praising image TantrumsLittle Marcus Baebius was growing frustrated Junia wanted to berate me, so she had stopped paying attention to him Gaius tried taking him from Junia, but this produced only paroxysms of fury In the end, the anguished tot hurled himself face down, beating his head on the floorboards while he yelled and wept in a spectacular fashion.Julia Junilla, our daughter, sat on Helena s lap behaving perfectly for a change She was staring at her cousin, obviously taking tantrum lessons I could see she was impressed How to make a minor criminal confessWhen I arrived he and Sergius, the punishment man, were teasing a statement out of a recalcitrant victim by the subtle technique of bawling fast questions while flicking him insistently with the end of a hard whip I winced, and sat out on a bench in the warm evening sun until they tired and shoved their victim into the holding cell What s he done He doesn t want to tell us That had been obvious What do you think he s done Run a tunic stealing racket at the Baths of Calliope Surely that s too routine to justify the heavy hand And he poisoned the dog Calliope had brought in to stand guard over the clothes pegs in the changing room Killed a doggie Now that s wicked She bought the dog from my sister, Sergius broke in angrily My sister took a lot of back chat for supplying a sick animal He went back inside to shout insults through the cell door I told Petro I still thought they were being too rough on the suspect No, he s lucky, Petronius assured me Being beaten by Sergius isnothing The alternative was letting Sergius sister get to him She is twice as big that must be quite a size, I thought and she s horrible image Lindsey Davis describes the city of Rome in such detail that you feel you know the place better than your own home As usual it is hard to spot the killer in this delightful murder mystery.Enjoy In another mystery relating to the art world, Falco explores the trade in scrolls and plays.Expect less plot twists that usual, though Felix get emotional as it s his poetry on the line We get a behind the scenes look at the sweatshops of scribes copying scrolls, gruesome murders naturally , and a ground level but critical look at the stratified Roman society Since the publisher was also a financier, we get a look at Rome s banking industry.Be aware that while it s not necessary to read the b In another mystery relating to the art world, Falco explores the trade in scrolls and plays.Expect less plot twists that usual, though Felix get emotional as it s his poetry on the line We get a behind the scenes look at the sweatshops of scribes copying scrolls, gruesome murders naturally , and a ground level but critical look at the stratified Roman society Since the publisher was also a financier, we get a look at Rome s banking industry.Be aware that while it s not necessary to read the books in order, it certainly helps certainly so far into the series Assaph Mehr, author of Murder In Absentia A story of Togas, Daggers, and Magic for lovers of Ancient Rome, Murder Mysteries, and Urban Fantasy