Book 17 in the Marcus Didius Falco series (2005)
It’s 76 A.D. during the reign of Vespasian, and Marcus Didius Falco has achieved much in his life.
He’s joined the equestrian rank, allowing him to marry Helena Justina, the Senator’s daughter he’s been keeping time with the past few years. But that doesn’t mean all is quiet for Falco, Helena, and their two young daughters.
By trade, he is an informer, a man who looks into sticky situations, and he’s been hired to pry his errant brother-in-law away from a murder investigation. Which means Falco must himself take it on — requiring that Falco and Helena travel to Olympia in Greece under the guise of being tourists interested in the classic sites to investigate the suspicious goings-on and the shady dealings of a fly-by-night travel agency.
With two women already missing from the packaged tour, things only get stickier when two more – including Falco’s brother-in-law – disappear in what is Falco’s most complex and dangerous case yet.