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*Starred Review* Fans of Davis’ best-selling series featuring first-century Roman informer Marcus Didius Falco will welcome the arrival of this spin-off centered on Falco’s spirited adopted daughter, Flavia Albia. The lovely young woman, who has had a minor but memorable presence in the previous series entries, is known for her intellectual acumen and acid tongue. Now she puts those traits on display in a series debut that’s both suspenseful and sly. (Would we expect anything less of the talented Davis?) As the novel opens, Flavia Albia has taken over her father’s rundown digs at Fountain Court in the Surbura district of Rome, where she’s faced with a most unsavory client. (Alas, work is work, and, as a neophyte investigator, she can’t afford to be particular.) Flavia Albia’s windfall turns to woe when her charge is found dead. To make matters worse, she is suspected of having a hand in the crime. Like her father, Flavia Albia relies on levity and level-headedness to find her way out of trouble. Davis delights once again with her trademark blend of quirky characters and rich period detail. Given the author’s prolific nature (the Falco series has 20-plus installments), readers can anticipate Flavia Albia to be a compelling presence for years to come. --Allison Block
Davis' best-selling historical mysteries brim with colorful characters and rich period detail, providing readers with a vivid portrait of ancient Rome. (Booklist on Master and God)
Lindsey Davis doesn't just bring Rome to life--she brings Rome to life better than anyone else ever has. (Detroit Free Press on The Silver Pigs)
An irresistible package of history, mystery, and fast-moving action, all punctuated by a sense of humor that few writers can match. (The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Venus in Copper)
The Ides of April is the first in Lindsey Davis’ new mystery series set in ancient Rome, featuring Flavia Albia, the adopted daughter of her popular series detective, Marcus... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Vicki J. Kondelik
Marcus Didius Falco's oldest daughter is introduced in this, the first of a new series by Lindsey Davis. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Kindle Customer
This is a great start of a new and wonderful series by Lindsey Davis. I have read and enjoyed and loved Lindsey Davis' Falco series for years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JTinBellevue
This is the first book I read from Lindsey Davis. I liked the overall storyline, and found the use of modern language for a book set back in early Roman times to be interesting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linda Straub
A new idea for a detective novel that is quite accurate in its background in Rome.Published 2 months ago by Dee
The heir to Marcus Didius Falco appears in her debut mystery. Strangely, the author--a woman--writes a better male protagonist than female protagonist, so the character feels as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. M. Massi
The second star is for the sense of ancient Rome, which is well-conveyed, and lingering fondness for the Falco novels.
This was a most mystifying book. Read more
Excellent characters, pace, plot by a classical scholar. I enjoy Flavia Alba, a bit of Stephanie Plum for the 1st century crowd.Published 4 months ago by Allison Milligan