The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsay Davis

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Roman Imperial agent Marcus Didius Falco must transport a gift from the emperor to the Northern Rhine frontier and remind the legions who is in charge.  Along the way he meets a suspicious barber, his girlfriend’s brother and a tragic Celtic Priestess.  Life is never easy!

This is my favourite of Lindsey Davis’s Falco novels.  Set during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian in the 1st century AD they really bring the period to life.  You can smell the dingy inns and feel the cold misery of life on the northern frontier. You can picture the crowded streets of Rome and get a real sense of daily life.  This does not mean that there is no fun to be had.  Falco is an engaging character, tough and sarcastic at times but full of warmth and only made stronger by his fantastic girlfriend Helena Justina.

Although this is the fourth in the Falco series it can be read as a standalone novel.  Read it and then run out to reserve the other titles in the series.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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