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6th May '16 11:44:52 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* EverybodyDidIt: A varient in ''Venus in Copper'' when the landlord Novus is murdered with poison. It turns out that [[spoiler:all the suspects independently ''tried'' to murder him -his own family with a poisoned cake, his business rival with poisoned spices to be added to the wine- but the actual murderer was his fiance, who poisoned the plate the cakes were served on, knowing that gluttonous Novus would lick the plate clean once the meal was done. As a bonus, she sabotaged the efforts of the other would-be assassins by removing the poisoned cake from the platter beforehand, because she hated Novus so much she couldn't stand to have anyone other than her kill him.]]
19th Apr '16 11:49:14 AM erforce
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* ShoutOut: In one novel, Falco strikes up a conversation with a group of Judean refugees who offer him a commission to retrieve one of their holy relics. At first, Falco is afraid that they want him to "raid" the treasures brought back after the Roman conquest. However, they then tell Falco that they want him to look for a "Lost Ark." Falco demurs, and tells that [[IndianaJones someone more of a daredevil then he]] would have to perform that particular quest...

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* ShoutOut: In one novel, Falco strikes up a conversation with a group of Judean refugees who offer him a commission to retrieve one of their holy relics. At first, Falco is afraid that they want him to "raid" the treasures brought back after the Roman conquest. However, they then tell Falco that they want him to look for a "Lost Ark." Falco demurs, and tells that [[IndianaJones [[Franchise/IndianaJones someone more of a daredevil then he]] would have to perform that particular quest...
11th Apr '16 8:46:35 AM JackG
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** It's not just that; Sosia told Helena she'd given Falco the names of the the conspirators, so Helena assumes Falco's investigation is just a cover-up. [[spoiler:Turns out she'd written out a denunciation and left it with the original silver pig.]]

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** It's not just that; Sosia told Helena she'd given Falco the names of the the conspirators, so Helena assumes Falco's investigation is just a cover-up. [[spoiler:Turns out she'd written out a denunciation and left it with the original silver pig.]]
2nd Mar '16 3:49:33 AM AgProv
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''The Ides of April'' picks up in 89AD, with Falco's [[SpinOffspring adopted daughter]], Flavia Albia, now an established informer in her own right, and continues with ''Enemies At Home'' and ''Deadly Election''. Here the investigative mantle passes to Albia, and we learn her parents are semi-retired and living as inobtrusively as they can, their patron Emperor Vespasian being dead and their friend, his son Emperor Titus, also having passed. The imperial purple is now on the toga of Emperor Domitian, the unstable Caligula-like member of the Flavian dynasty and a man with no reason to love the Falcos. Rome is now even more unstable and dangerous to live in. The main Falco family i seen in glimpses and cameos, but the focus moves to the life of Albia.


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''The Ides of April'' picks up in 89AD, with Falco's [[SpinOffspring adopted daughter]], Flavia Albia, now an established informer in her own right, and continues with ''Enemies At Home'' and ''Deadly Election''. Here the investigative mantle passes to Albia, and we learn her parents are semi-retired and living as inobtrusively as they can, their patron Emperor Vespasian being dead and their friend, his son Emperor Titus, also having passed. The imperial purple is now on the toga of Emperor Domitian, the unstable Caligula-like member of the Flavian dynasty and a man with no reason to love the Falcos. Rome is now even more unstable and dangerous to live in. The main Falco family i is seen in glimpses and cameos, but the focus moves to the life of Albia.

2nd Mar '16 3:48:55 AM AgProv
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''The Ides of April'' picks up in 89AD, with Falco's [[SpinOffspring adopted daughter]], Flavia Albia, now an established informer in her own right, and continues with ''Enemies At Home''. Here the investigative mantle passes to Albia, and we learn her parents are semi-retired and living as inobtrusively as they can, their patron Emperor Vespasian being dead and their friend, his son Emperor Titus, also having passed. The imperial purple is now on the toga of Emperor Domitian, the unstable Caligula-like member of the Flavian dynasty and a man with no reason to love the Falcos. Rome is now even more unstable and dangerous to live in.


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''The Ides of April'' picks up in 89AD, with Falco's [[SpinOffspring adopted daughter]], Flavia Albia, now an established informer in her own right, and continues with ''Enemies At Home''.Home'' and ''Deadly Election''. Here the investigative mantle passes to Albia, and we learn her parents are semi-retired and living as inobtrusively as they can, their patron Emperor Vespasian being dead and their friend, his son Emperor Titus, also having passed. The imperial purple is now on the toga of Emperor Domitian, the unstable Caligula-like member of the Flavian dynasty and a man with no reason to love the Falcos. Rome is now even more unstable and dangerous to live in. The main Falco family i seen in glimpses and cameos, but the focus moves to the life of Albia.

2nd Mar '16 3:39:55 AM AgProv
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* OneSteveLimit: Exceeded by a long way in ''Deadly Election''. Private investigator Flavia Albia is hampered in her murder inquiry by a family ''all'' of whose female members are named Julia. In the Roman style they are distinguished from each other by second names - Julia Optata, Julia Versecunda, et c. But this still slows up the investigation. Davis even includes a family tree on page 345 headed "A Family With Too Many Julias". But she still has to investigate ''eight'' related women. All called Julia something.
24th Feb '16 2:47:56 AM Zadia
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* BookEnds: ''Master And God'' begins and ends with the same sentence: "It was a quiet afternoon on the Via Flaminia".
27th Jan '16 7:24:12 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* CourtroomEpisode: ''The Accusers.''
16th Jul '15 6:49:43 AM MikeRosoft
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** Davis has admitted to quite a lot of what she calls "tribute plagiarism" of authors she respects, most notably Sir Terry Pratchett. Examples of Discworld homage in the books are too numerous to inventory, but include Heron's steam-engine (''Small Gods''), the character of Zoilus, who flaps around the cemetery in a sheet pretending to be dead (Felmet in ''Wyrd Sisters''), the policeman who turns up at the Saturnalia party dressed as a six-foot carrot; the three witches, one of whom is indisposed because of having to babysit the grandchildren; Alexandria University, where [[spoiler: academics try to gain promotion by killing off the men senior to them, sometimes with the assistance of sacred crocodiles]] (''Pyramids''); and do feel free to add more examples. There are plenty.

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** Davis has admitted to quite a lot of what she calls "tribute plagiarism" of authors she respects, most notably Sir Terry Pratchett. Examples of Discworld homage in the books are too numerous to inventory, but include Heron's steam-engine (''Small Gods''), the character of Zoilus, who flaps around the cemetery in a sheet pretending to be dead (Felmet in ''Wyrd Sisters''), the policeman who turns up at the Saturnalia party dressed as a six-foot carrot; the three witches, one of whom is indisposed because of having to babysit the grandchildren; Alexandria University, where [[spoiler: academics try to gain promotion by killing off the men senior to them, sometimes with the assistance of sacred crocodiles]] (''Pyramids''); and do feel free to add more examples. There are plenty.[[http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Reverse_Annotations#Lindsey_Davis.27_.22Falco.22 plenty]].
22nd Jun '15 10:49:49 AM AgProv
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* ShadyRealEstateAgent: Newlyweds Marcus Didius and Helena Justina are looking to move out of the shabby apartment in downmarket Fountain Court and to move into their first marital place together, ideally in a slightly better area of Rome. A plausible and helpful apartment broker gets them the seemingly ideal place in a spanking new build among other aspiring young professionals. The only problem is, all the little creaks and shifts which the helpful estate agent assures them are down to a new build ''settling.'' The building eventually settles so far it collapses. After fearing Helena is dead, Falco looks the other way while enraged survivors lynch the estate agent.

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* ShadyRealEstateAgent: Newlyweds Marcus Didius and Helena Justina are looking to move out of the shabby apartment in downmarket Fountain Court and to move into their first marital place together, ideally in a slightly better area of Rome. A plausible and helpful apartment broker called Cossus gets them the seemingly ideal place in a spanking new build among other aspiring young professionals. The only problem is, all the little creaks and shifts which the helpful estate agent assures them are down to a new build ''settling.'' The building eventually settles so far it collapses. After fearing Helena is dead, Falco looks the other way while enraged survivors lynch the estate agent.
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