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Good Books set in Rome - any suggestions?

I'd like to find a good novel set in Rome. Perhaps an earthy historical murder mystery? Does anyone have any suggestions?

I'm travelling there this summer and I'd love to read about things I might see, or get some more insight into italian history and culture.

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I'd like to find a good novel set in Rome. Perhaps an earthy historical murder mystery? Does anyone have any suggestions?

I'm travelling there this summer and I'd love to read about things I might see, or get some more insight into italian history and culture.
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...of murder mysteries set in ancient Rome, his "Roma Sub Rosa" series starring Gordianus the Finder. [He's also written a stand-alone novel, Roma ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7455276 ), that covers the history of Rome from its founding, along the lines of some of Michener's novels; I enjoyed that one, but I do prefer his "Gordianus" books.] You can see all his books on his web site ( http://www.stevensaylor.com/ ).

Chelsea Quin Yarbo's Blood Games ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/782879 ) is also set in ancient Rome; it's one of her "St. Germain" series about a good-guy vampire, and features lots of period detail.

For something a bit more modern, several of Patricia Highsmith's novels are set partly in Rome (though I think she favors Venice).

And I'm sure I'll think of some more as soon as I post this {grin}.
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I've recently read my first Steven Saylor book and really enjoyed it. I didn't enjoy Lindsay Davis' books as much.
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Set mostly in Rome and makes a tour of the city as the novel unfolds.
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Not sure if it's still in print. A mystery set in ancient Rome. It was also called The Quirinal Hill Affair.

And Lindsay Davis has a series of ancient Roman mysteries set during the time of Vespasian. The first one in the series is called The Silver Pigs. She's also written a stand alone novel -- a fictionalised biography of Vespasian's lover....can't remember the name at the moment.
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They tend to come complete with maps and excellent descriptions of life as it was lived for the not-so-great & good. Well written, too!
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The first three and the last, Saturnallia. Very enjoyable!
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Late 15th Century intrigue with some wonderful characters.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6271087
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Turn of the century (19th - 20th) novel about two young Irish student opera singers. Period detail, and the atmosphere are spot-on. The music is an integral part of the story, but not (I think) so much so that a non-operatic person would find it intrusive.
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I'm not to keen on novelizations but this one was pretty good :D
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I second this, followed by Claudius the God.
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Excellent historical fiction.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_(historical_novel)
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One of her Roderick Alleyn mysteries - I read this some years ago - have wanted to visit Rome again to visit some of the places she wrote about - I found it very evocative.

Also, Colleen McCullogh (The Thornbirds) has written a series based in ancient Rome - the first being "The First Man in Rome" - I have it, but haven't read it.

Enjoy your trip!
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What about..

The Food of Love - Anthony Capella. It's probably more of a love story, but it gives a great insight into the foodie culture there, made my mouth water in places!
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I haven't read it, but how about "The Bernini Bust" by Iain Pears? I have read "Giotto's Hand" in the same series. They're fictional crime stories set in the art history world. Not bad, rather more light entertainment than deep historical novel.

Otherwise, another that I'm sure would meet your requirements is "Ceux qui vont mourir te saluent" by Fred Vargas. I've not read this either but know the author is well regarded, and the setting is Rome. But a search for an English translation has got me nowhere so I must assume there isn't one...
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Y'all! I just found this old forum post. I just booked a trip to Rome. Would love more suggestions if anyone else has some!
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It's a big book, but a great one. Elsa Morante's "La Storia" (published in English as "History"). It's the story of a woman and her family during and just after the Second World War.
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Not a murder,or exactly a guide,but a interesting insight into the lives of romans in the Roman Empires capital. You'll probably see lots of ancient monuments and museum exhibits from that time period and this is a wonderful look into the everyday lives of the ordinary citizens who lived in and used these buildings.It works it's way round the clock touching on a different person each hour,from a carter,to a Vestal virgin,to a teacher trying to herd his unruly class. The clockmaker was interesting, especially the bit about the Romans lack of incentive to become mechanized. It was often cheaper to get a slave to do a mechanical task than invent/buy a machine.Plus a slave could do a wider variety of tasks.
Quite a slim book,but funny and interesting.

https://www.goodreads.com/---/36204941-24-hours-in-ancient-rome
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You could try Lustrum, Imperium and Dictator by Robert Harris. They form a trilogy about the rise, work and fall of Cicero and although you might think they would be dry and dusty, they are remarkable readable.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4692693/

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7745859/

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14345460/


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Quo Vadis -- about a Roman centurion who falls in love with a Christian.
https://www.goodreads.com/---/538845.Quo_Vadis

and

City -- fascinating look at how Roman city planning.
https://www.goodreads.com/---/93601.City

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