• With the passing of Ellis Peters, the title Queen of the Historical Whodunnit is temporarily vacant. Lindsey Davis is well suited to assume it - and she is funnier than Peters ... Davis' books make old Rome sound fun ... it is all so enjoyable

    The Times
  • The cast of characters is as various, corrupt, nasty and gnarled as the best of Dickens, described with similar scope and loving attention

    Mail on Sunday
  • Highly readable, funny and colourful.

  • Splendid ... mystery, pace and wit

    Ellis Peters
  • Lindsey Davis doesn't merely make history come alive - she turns it into spanking entertainment, and wraps it around an intriguing mystery. She is incapable of writing a dull sentence

    Peter Lovesey

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