Unlimited [Nonfiction Book] ☆ Three Hands in the Fountain - by Lindsey Davis ✓

By Lindsey Davis | Comments: ( 241 ) | Date: ( Oct 14, 2019 )

In vino, veritas But in the water supply of Rome, horroras Marcus Didius Falco is about to find out Sharing an ewer of Spanish red with his old friend and new partner Petronius Longus, Falco is on the spot when a man cleaning the local fountain makes a gruesome discovery a human hand Small and evidently female, the hand suggests its owner met a terrifying fate NaturalIn vino, veritas But in the water supply of Rome, horroras Marcus Didius Falco is about to find out Sharing an ewer of Spanish red with his old friend and new partner Petronius Longus, Falco is on the spot when a man cleaning the local fountain makes a gruesome discovery a human hand Small and evidently female, the hand suggests its owner met a terrifying fate Naturally, Falco and Petro, formerly of the Vigiles, want to seize on it as their first big case The officials of Rome, however, prefer to hush up the incident, since a population that riots at the drop of a toga might run wild if body parts are polluting their drinking water Soon other delicate, dismembered hands are being found in Rome s two hundred miles of aqueduct Now aided, inspired, and given critical clues by his wife, Helena, Falco Partner are ready to buck the status quo and even butt heads with Falco s old boss, Chief Spy Anacrites, to crack the case But O, Hades The duo suspects a serial killer is at large, linked topublic festivals, and likely to strike again at the upcoming Roman Games Even a detective as astute as Falco may not spot a twisted mind in a crowd of 250,000 And if Falco loses this race with time, another pretty victim will make a deadly splash


  • Title: Three Hands in the Fountain
  • Author: Lindsey Davis
  • ISBN: 9780892966912
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis, historical novelist, was born in Birmingham, England in 1949 Having taken a degree in English literature at Oxford University Lady Margaret Hall , she became a civil servant She left the civil service after 13 years, and when a romantic novel she had written was runner up for the 1985 Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize, she decided to become a writer, writing at first romantic serials for the UK women s magazine Woman s Realm.Her interest in history and archaeology led to her writing a historical novel about Vespasian and his lover Antonia Caenis The Course of Honour , for which she couldn t find a publisher She tried again, and her first novel featuring the Roman detective , Marcus Didius Falco, The Silver Pigs, set in the same time period and published in 1989, was the start of her runaway success as a writer of historical whodunnits A further nineteen Falco novels and Falco The Official Companion have followed, as well as The Course of Honour, which was finally published in 1998 Rebels and Traitors, set in the period of the English Civil War, was published in September 2009 Davis has won many literary awards, and was honorary president of the Classical Association from 1997 to 1998.



Comments Three Hands in the Fountain

  • aPriL does feral sometimes

    'Three Hands in the Fountain' is kind of a fun serial killer thriller. Yes, yes, I know. That is all sorts of wrong!Detective Marcus Didius Falco is on his next case in 73 AD Rome after a rotting hand is found blocking a fountain's pipe. At first, Falco and his new temporary partner, L. Petronius Longus, do not know whether the hand is from a body which has been murdered, but an examination of the cut shows the hand was sawed off from the arm. It is very disturbing, but so much else is going on [...]


  • Assaph Mehr

    Three Hands in the Fountain starts when Falco makes a gruesome find, and continues in a page-turning, plot-twisting chase after a serial killer. As usual for a Davis novel, the reseach into life in 1st-century ancient Rome shines through. In particular, Falco gets to meet and work with Frontinus on this case - Frontinus being a real person. The events are early in Frontinus' career, before his rise to fame. Davis builds this case as what sparks Frontinus' interest in aqueducts. He was appinted s [...]


  • Writerlibrarian

    This is Davis' try at a serial killer plot in 70 AD Rome. The plot is predictable but everything that surrounds the action such as it is is wonderful. The depth of research and how Davis was able to show how the water was transported in Rome, how the police forces worked is wonderful. This one also sets up a new arc in the series as who works with Marcus Didius.Entertaining, light but not in a bad way.


  • Helen

    Rome had water - fountains in every court with water brought from the distant hills in aqueducts that were carefully staged to keep the flow steady. There were tanks to allow pebbles and other things to settle out of the flow and maintenance crews went through the whole system scraping away the deposits which could plug the channels. All of this is fine until Falco and Petronius are leaning against the Fountain Court fountain (dry) when a worker comes along to poke into it and restore the water. [...]


  • Angel

    A gruesome tale of body parts found in the aqueducts of Rome. Falco and associates spend a lot of time searching for the serial killer who seems to abduct young women during the festival/games and take them elsewhere to mutilate and kill them.


  • Rosanne Lortz

    In Three Hands in the Fountain, Marcus returns to Rome to find out that his longtime friend Petronius Longus has been thrown out of his home–his affair with Balbina Milvia (daughter of the mob boss our boys tracked down in Time to Depart) has become public knowledge and Arria Silvia can endure the humiliation no longer. As painful as this domestic situation is, there are even more horrific doings afoot in the capital of the world. Human body parts–hands, feet, heads–have been showing up in [...]


  • Dave

    I have been really enjoying the Marcus Didius Falco series from Lindsey Davis. For anyone interested in this period of history (1st Century AD Rome) or detective novels in general, I highly recommend them. From October to February I have read the first 9 books of this 20 book series, one right after the other, pausing only to hop on and download the next one. But now will stop because inexplicably book 10 and on are not available for the Kindle. Audible yes. Hardback yes. Kindle no. What gives [...]


  • Jamie Collins

    Another entertaining Marcus Didius Falco mystery, even though I don't much like reading about serial killers. I prefer to be entertained by murder for profit, revenge, etc rather than random perverted craziness.This entry in the saga has Falco exploring the Roman aqueducts, which was very interesting. It was a nice touch to include Sextus Julius Frontinus in the adventure - a distinguished Roman statesman who will go on to write a celebrated book about the aqueducts.


  • Gayle Noble

    I found my attention wandering whilst reading this one - surprising for a serial killer plot. I like Falco and Helena but I didn't care for Petronius at all. Too much of his philandering in this, and personally I feel he doesn't deserve to get his wife back.


  • Ric

    This one shows how difficult Rome could be and to catch a criminal could be challenging. Falco, with help, succeeded in the end only to see his future in unexpected and undesirable (to his way of thinking) changes. It is s good read.


  • Cat

    Standard Falco, with a particularly grim crime this time around, but I enjoyed the underworld descriptions around the Circus Max and several of the new side characters.


  • Noni Barker

    A new series for me, set in Ancient Rome. Rating about 3.8. I enjoyed it and would read others in the series if they come my way.


  • Daynes

    De todos los que he leído hasta ahora sobre Marco Didio Falco, el mejor sin ninguna duda.


  • Rachael Krotec

    I just love this series, there really isn't anything else I need to say!


  • Kelly Martin

    This is a series that I do enjoy. I like the ones were Helena plays a larger role than in this one. Still it was a good one.


  • Cherie

    I like these books for the great historical detail and the humor in them.


  • Johnny

    Somehow, I have been drawn to this series of mysteries from the moment I first discovered Marcus Didio Falco. Set in Imperial Rome during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian, Falco is an “informer,” a freelance investigator/spy, who often serves the emperor himself. Yet, the key, almost like a superhero’s secret identity, is that Falco is a specialist in sensitive investigations. So, like the tough private eyes in the works of Chandler and Hammett who sometimes have to avoid both the police [...]


  • Simon Mcleish

    Originally published on my blog here in October 1998.Three Hands in the Fountain is a slightly disappointing addition to the generally excellent series of Falco novels by Davis. Returning to Rome following an investigation in Spain and the birth there of his daughter (A Dying Light in Corduba), Falco soon becomes involved in one of the most gruesome mysteries of his career when decomposing severed limbs begin to be found in Rome's drinking water supplies.The mystery is to the same standard as in [...]


  • M.G. Mason

    Falco has just returned from Spain with Helena Justina and new baby in tow. During his welcome home party, Falco and his friend Petronius Longus sneak out for a drink beside a water fountain which typically isn’t working. When a city worker comes along to repair it it turns out that the source of the blockage was a human hand. After making a few enquiries it turns out that this has been a fairly regular occurrence, usually a hand or two turn up after a public festival. Anacrites is also back t [...]


  • Ruth

    C1996: FWFTB: fountain, aqueducts, body-parts, sightseers, consul.Having read the first 8 – had to carry on. I am not sure whether or not it is because I read this after a number of really awful Kindle freebies, but this outing seemed to me to be much better than the last one. Well, I learnt more than I wanted to about the Roman water management systems but the vivid storytelling really makes you forget this. The characters of Falco and Julia are now well fleshed out so some of the scenes just [...]


  • Josephine (Jo)

    I really enjoyed the Marcu Didius Falco novel. Lindsey Davis obviously has a vast knowledge of ancient Rome with her descriptions of all the water systems and their layout. She paints such a vivid picture of the different Circus venues and the streets that lead off them that you have a mental image of where you are at any particular time. I particularly like the detail given to the minutiae of the general lives of the ordinary people, this tells us more about life in the first century AD than mu [...]


  • Scot

    Ninth in the Falco series. This book was a bit harder to locate, and a less compelling read (for me, anyway) than many others in the series. Body parts start showing up in the water supply in Rome, and it becomes evident that a serial killer is dismembering young women during festivals and grisly, decaying pieces of them are being discovered where others go to drink, bathe, or clean.Engineers might find the aqueduct discussions here interesting, as Falco needs to understand how the water supply [...]


  • Cindy Matthews

    Falco and his good friend Petro find a decaying hand in the local fountain and stumble into solving a good ol' fashioned mystery. Three Hands in the Fountain is a return to what I like best in the Falco series--street characters and action set in the city of Rome with a misogynistic serial killer on the loose who has to be found before he kills again. Falco discovering bits of women's bodies in the aqueducts and trying to work out the psyche of the killer gives the story a rather modern flair. A [...]


  • Deb

    When Falco and Helena return to Rome with their brand-new daughter Julia Junius they discover that Petro has been suspended from his job, and thrown out of his house by his wife. Anacrites is recuperating at Falco's mother's home. Severed hands begin to show up in Rome's public fountains. Falco and Petro go into partnership as detectives, and with the help of an ex-consul Justinius Frontinus, they set out to find the villain responsible for the kidnapping, murder, and disembodiment of fair young [...]


  • Simon Binning

    I am a real fan of this series, but this episode didn't really work for me. As always, there are one or two over-arcing storylines about the lives of the main characters, and these continue to keep your interest. But the actual main plot of this one was a bit weak. The discovery of body-parts in the city's water courses leads to an investigation into a possible long-time serial killer. The problems of the main protagonists seem to overshadow this story for too much of the book, and the occasiona [...]


  • Meladhu

    It's one of the more gruesomer Falco books and quite sad. I got really caught up in the victim's life. A serial killer in ancient Rome. Quite a few people don't like it for that reason but it reminds me that all was not intrigue and politics with entanglements by the rich and powerful, things were just like now, serial killers have killed throughout history affecting the lives of poor and middle class people.I do find the descriptions of the aqueducts very interesting as the engineering of aqued [...]


  • Maddy

    PROTAGONIST: Marcus Didius FalcoSETTING: 1st century RomeSERIES: #9 of 20RATING: 3.5WHY: Informer Marcus Didius Falco and his partner and best friend, Petro, find a severed hand blocking a fountain. When another hand and other body parts are found in the Roman water system, they are hired to investigate. It's just about impossible to identify the victims, much less the murderer, but through dogged detective work, they do. The book felt far too long, and there was too much information about the w [...]


  • Jeanne

    I'm so pleased to find a new series that promises to be a lot of fun to read! I didn't realize that I started with #9 so I will go back and read from the beginning. These mysteries are set in ancient Rome during the reign of Vespasian and the details are supposed to be historically accurate. The language, however, is mostly modern with the occasional "By Jupiter!" thrown in. I thought the character list at the front of the book to be a funny and out-dated addition but I found myself referring to [...]


  • Lois

    Falco, the hard boiled informer (detective) is drawn into the hunt for a killer who is preying on women at the games when a severed hand is found in a fountain. Falco seeks out the expertise of those who maintain the aqueducts to try to determine where the body parts were put into the water system. In the pursuit, we learn more about the culture of Ancient Rome as Falco and Helene welcome their daughter into the mixed world of Patrician and Publican. Great fun with his cynical approach to life.


  • Rose

    This book had a very novel foundation, and the tour it provided of Roman water supply was far more interesting than might be expected. The tension created suffered a little from this being a series, especially as I had read the one after this one before this one, so I knew Claudia Ruffina ran off with Justinus rather than being chopped up. Still, the sense of urgency and frustration was very nicely portrayed and seemed real. I continue to enjoy this series very much.


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