No place like Rome
This was my impression reading David Wishart's Marcus Corvinus mystery In at the death. For anyone who's a Lindsey Davis fan, David Wishart is a treat. In some ways his writing is very reminiscent of Davis. His hero Marcus is a rather earthier version (if rather higher born) of Falco. Like Davis, Wishart is great fun, his account of the Gallic boar hound, the inappropriately named Placida, is completely hilarious - I giggled out loud. And the crime is well constructed, and cleverly thought out. There's more of a mix of real and fictional characters in Wishart than in Davis, and this actually works very well. And it's a great insight into the vicious world of Roman politics.
Completely enjoyable, I can't do more than suggest that you try it yourself. Whether you're into crime or historical novels this book is a real winner.