Venus in Copper View

The third book in the Falco series sees our hero on a new case. First, however, he has to get out of the prison he is sharing with a very large rat, not to mention avoiding that other large rat, Anacrites (the palace spy). His mission in this book is to expose a female fortune-hunter who has had more husbands die in mysterious “accidents” than could possibly be credited to coincidence. Has Falco met his match here (not to mention the female contortionist with an interesting snake act)? While not sleuthing around Rome, Falco has to attend to Helena who is still suffering the effects of losing their baby, and has to worry about how to cook a turbot without a fish kettle as well coping with Titus Caesar himself as chief guest!

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