This is the 19th book in the Marcus Didius Falco series. We meet Falco in The Silver Pigs where we learn that he is an informer in imperial Rome (circa 70 AD). From what I can gather, an informer is like a private detective. Through the series, he marries Helena Justina, a senator’s daughter who is well-read with a taste for adventure. In due time, they travel to England and other places in the empire, have two daughters, and see an improvement in Falco’s fortunes. In Alexandria, Falco takes his family to Alexandria, Egypt, for a vacation. However, trouble awaits Falco. He visits the famous Alexandria Library, meets scholars in astronomy, anatomy, rhetoric, and zoology (to name just a few) and becomes entangled in a nasty murder involving a very large crocodile in the zoo. Once the head of the library is dispatched, the library politics swing into action with everyone vying for the job. Who wants the job enough to kill for it? The series is a treat for anyone interested in history. This books gives a lot of background on the famous library, which was later burned.
Highly Recommend the series but, if you are like me, you will want to start at the beginning.
Review Submitted by: Rosalind Woolbright
Rating: Highly Recommended