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Rats are always bigger than you expect. Falco, ancient Rome's hangdog investigator, hates sharing a cell with a rodent - though being bailed by his old mother is almost as embarrassing. His high-born girlfriend can't decide if she wants him, and Titus Caesar's reward for past services is a wet fish. Hoping for a better life, or at least a better apartment, he takes on new clients.

On the elegant slopes of the Pincian Hill, three nouveau riche freedmen with two flashy wives are under siege by a clever redhead. Severina Zotica has a foul-mouthed parrot, an odd connection with a snake dancer - and a very suspicious past. As he pursues this flame-haired fortune-hunter, Falco finds himself beset by violent rentracketeers, poisoners, and women without consciences who have dangerous designs on him.

©1991 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Ltd

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An addictive series

Great series and very enjoyable reader, now I just can't wait for the next book.

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Good performance and great story progressing how love conquers class boundaries. I really enjoyed the story which, having been unimpressed and scathing of the narrators effort on book 2 was no barrier to eager listening to this book 3. Great job by both author and narrator. It has me questioning now if I really am a romantic at heart ...no, surely not !

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  • ali
  • 31-01-2017

enjoyed the details of everyday Ancient Roman time

can't wait to listen to another story by Lindsey Davis. Strong female characters with a touch of humour.

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  • Kathie Ward
  • 17-06-2015

Up to the usual high standard

I love this series. Great characters, intimate knowledge of everyday life in Ancient Rome. It's like taking a historical tour through the period with a street wise guide. Wonderful performance by Gordon Griffin.

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  • DFK
  • 21-05-2019

Fun listen

This is the third in the series that I listened to (I’m going in order, so that makes sense), and I’m enjoying the series and will keep with it. These books are not deep, great literature, but just plain fun, and everyone should have some fun sometimes! The narration was well-done and I’m looking forward to my next installment.

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  • martin
  • 08-12-2015

im hooked

What did you like best about Venus in Copper? What did you like least?

The historical details of life in ancient Rome A weaker story compared to the previous books

Would you recommend Venus in Copper to your friends? Why or why not?

yes but read the previous books first

What does Lindsey Davis and Gordon Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The first book had a different narrator, with a cheeky Cockney style which suited Falcos character better. That said I I have warmed to Gordon and look forward to reading more of the series

Do you think Venus in Copper needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

of course...I think I'll follow Falcos adventures for years to come..I'm hooked!

Any additional comments?

I'm a Sci Fi book kinda guy so this is a new adventure for me but one I am thoroughly enjoying!

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  • KH
  • 11-06-2020

Love the book but not the narrator.

As usual Falco gets himself into various scrapes. if you have not tried the BBC's version you are missing a treat.

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  • Liz Brain
  • 27-05-2019

Poor reading

As entertaining as usual, but the reader really let it down. He didn't have the right light-hearted tone and as a consequence much of the humour was lost.

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  • Beady
  • 12-01-2018

Devious redhead

As usual an enjoyable trip back to Rome, one which is hardly distinguishable from today, same slick money makers, same slap dash landlords and agents, oh the punishments are different, the threat of being fed to the lions as punishment for murder sounds awful but murders occurred then as now. The title took me a while to connect, very clever :)

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  • maureen mcintosh
  • 29-07-2015

Copper not gold

Not one of Lindsay Davis's best. Too many difficult names to remember in a tangled rush towards the end. As ever, very humorous, hugely well informed exposing ancient racketeering that is as revel

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-03-2022

When in Rome

Another happy read. More Rome based than the two novels before, the attraction remains in sorting through the clues within the investigations and the relations and potential relationships along the way. Lindsey Davis is savvy enough to salt her stories to interest many, and once you can accept the status issues of class and men/women the novels bowl along. Short chapters and effective changes of scene all help, and the humour/irony.

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  • Kirsty Mackay
  • 03-01-2022

Lindsey Davis cracks out another Falco no el

Lindsey Davis is so good with her research that classical students are advised to read her books to understand the true Roman Lifestyle mix this with a good murder mystery and Falco's romance with Helena Justina-Bloody and you have a potent mix

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