Wednesday, April 18, 2007

A good opening lion

I don't normally read historical mysteries, but it's hard to resist an opening like this, from Lindsey Davis' One Virgin Too Many:

I had just come home after telling my favorite sister that her husband had been eaten by a lion. I was in no mood for greeting a new client.

© Peter Rozovsky 2007

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Blogger sally906 said...

Wow Peter - this one has a great opening line.

Will be interested to hear what you think of it :)

April 19, 2007  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks for the comment, Sally. Lindsey Davis does have a sense of humor, and she brings it into play often in this book. It would be interesting to ask her about this. She knows her Roman history, and her writing is full of interesting detail about Roman social organization. I would not hesitate to recommend her work as collateral reading to students of Roman history, for example. I would ask Davis if she uses the jokes as a way of making the history lessons easier for the reader. Davis obviously loves early Imperial Rome, and the jokes and the mystery give her the chance to write about what she loves.

April 19, 2007  

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