Short Story Review: Investigating the Silvius Boys by Lindsey Davis

A great detective short story centred around the mythology of the founding of Rome…

An investigator is sent from the city of Alba Longa to look into the murder of one of the twins who have been causing havoc in the area for some time.  During the course of his investigation, we are taken through the myths and stories that surround the founding of Rome, with the investigator’s own thoughts to accompany them.  We are also introduced to a few of the characters from these myths.

Lindsey Davis is one of my favourite authors.  I have never read any of her books and been disappointed.  This was no exception.  I loved it.

The descriptions provided of the area and the people were detailed enough to bring the era to life without slowing the pace of the story.  The dialogue was amusing and flowed easily between characters.  The investigator was great; I liked the way he approached the case.  And the ending…I thought it was fabulous.

I would recommend this short story to anyone who has a love of historical fiction or Roman history.

This short story can be found in Murder Through the Ages: A Bumper Anthology of Historical Mysteries, ed. Maxim Jakubowski

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