Splendid...mystery, pace and wit.-- "Ellis Peters, award-winning author of Death and the Joyful Woman"
Roman history and culture are nice accessories for the more durable tool that Davis employs-hilariously good writing.-- "Washington Post Book World"
If Travis McGee traveled in time back to treacherous, civilized Rome in AD 72, he might be something like Marcus Didius Falco...Readers get a history lesson they may wish they had had in high school, all the while being treated to a polished narrative.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Excellent historical fiction.-- "Library Journal"
An unusual angle and some spirited writing characterize Davis' latest entry in her popular mystery series set in ancient Rome...A delightful adventure that's charming, witty, intriguing, and clever.-- "Booklist"