Last Act in Palmyra

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Last Act in Palmyra
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First edition
Author Lindsey Davis
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Marcus Didius Falco
Genre Crime
Publisher Century
Publication date
1994
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 384 pp
ISBN 0-7126-5936-6
OCLC 227274020
Preceded by Poseidon's Gold
Followed by Time to Depart

Last Act in Palmyra is a crime novel by Lindsey Davis.

Plot introduction[edit]

Set in Rome, Nabatea and Palmyra during AD 72, Last Act in Palmyra stars Marcus Didius Falco, Informer and Imperial Agent. It is the sixth in her Falco series.

Explanation of the novel's title[edit]

The title refers to the hunt undertaken by Falco for a murderer, the last act of which takes place in Palmyra, as well as playing upon his temporary employment as a playwright with a travelling theatre group.

Plot summary[edit]

In Last Act in Palmyra, Falco takes on a new spying mission for Vespasian to the east of the Empire. He also plans to investigate the disappearance of a young musician, Sophrona. With Helena Justina, he travels to Petra, where they encounter a theatre group who have just lost their playwright due to drowning. Joining them, Falco attempts to fulfil his various investigations, whilst at the same time write his new play, The Spook Who Spoke.

Characters in "Last Act in Palmyra"[edit]

Main Characters[edit]

  • Anacrites - Imperial spy
  • Helena Justina - Daughter of the Senator Decimus Camillus Verus
  • Marcus Didius Falco - Informer and Imperial Agent from the Aventine.
  • Musa - Priest from Dushara
  • Sophrona - Musician, player of the water organ
  • Thalia - Snake dancer

The Theatre Company[edit]

  • Byrria - Actress
  • Chremes - Actor-manager
  • Congrio - Billposter
  • Davos - Actor
  • Grumio - Clown
  • Philocrates - Actor
  • Phrygia - Actress, wife of Chremes
  • Tranio - Clown

The Orchestra[edit]

  • Afrania - Tibia-player
  • Ione - Tambourinist
  • Plancina - Panpipe girl
  • Ribes - Lyre-player

Major themes[edit]

  • Several investigations, including a spying mission for the Emperor, a disappearing musician and the murder of a travelling playwright.
  • Developing relationship of Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina.

Allusions/references to other works[edit]

Allusions/references to actual history, geography and current science[edit]

Release details[edit]

Sources, references, external links, quotations[edit]

Author's Official Website