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The Ides of April: A Flavia Albia Mystery (Flavia Albia Series) Hardcover – June 11, 2013
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“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
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She was born in Birmingham but now lives in London.
Top Customer Reviews
I found it interesting how Davis has established the independence and individuality of her heroine, and look forward to more of her adventures.
The mystery is fun. The killer seems obvious from the beginning, in some ways, but the fun is in seeing the cast all realize it. It's like a Colombo mystery from TV. You see the killer. The fun is in seeing how they catch him.
But what really sells these novels is the setting.
I love Roman history. Each novel has had a tidbit of real Roman history and a lot of background to support it. This one is no different.
But, whereas Ms. Davis' last Roman series was set in the relatively benign reign of Vespasian, this book is set in a more ambivalent world.
In those earlier books, Marcus Didius Falco was portrayed as a true son of Rome, a city boy, with city habits. He is also a throwback in some ways. Falco is a semi-serious Republican. He follows the old forms even though he know the "fix" is in. Falco is a character who is a pessimist because he is an optimist spoiled. He has to adapt to the Roman Empire he both loves and loathes while raising his family.
In many ways, Falco's life charted the course of Rome itself in that era -- from the despair and fear of Nero to the age of hope and success brought by Vespasian and, to some extent, is son Titus. Vespasian allegedly had little use for the official informers of Nero's era. So the "private informer" was a useful man to promote and support -- unofficially.
But this book is not about him. His generation is done. This book is set ten long years later. Vespasian's eldest son is dead. His younger son, Domitian now rules -- proud, noble, and dedicated to absolutism in government and law.Read more ›
I read the novel with a growing incredulity. I can't quite believe Ms Davis (who produced some of the finest Roman novels out there) has written some of this. Throw in the rabid anti-fox hunting sideline with the Ceres festival and the actual murder mystery fades into the background. Which is a shame, because it's actually pretty good and should be the core of the novel.Read more ›
Falco, this isn't. Falco Lite, not even. A different voice, a different atmosphere, a different style. Disappointed? Yes.
As we approached the late 70's AD in Davis' chronology, I was looking forward to a Great Ripping Yarn involved the Entire Mad, Bad Didii Clan and a mad escape from Pompeii.
However, I gave this book three stars simply because it IS Ms. Davis and the stars were more for a body of work of which this book is NOT remotely representative. Maybe her style and humor and special "Roman" outlook does not work for a female protagonist -- I don't know. Was even disappointed in the ending which reminded me of every other historical/non-historical female detective series out there. So now the stereotypical romantic sub-plot is set -- and it couldn't be more predictable or trite.
I agree with the reviewer who even questioned if Ms. Davis wrote this book! IF it were NOT Ms. Davis name on it -- and the disappointment implied -- it would be a darn good story -- but it IS Ms. Davis' name on the front. And my disappointment is real.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Ides of April, by Lindsey Davis, is a whodunit set in ancient Rome. The character Flavia Albia is a “private informer”, a detective. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ken Kugler
Like the protagonist and the setting. Good solid read for lovers of detective fiction and ancient settingsPublished 4 months ago by Lucy
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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 6 months ago by Linda Straub
A new idea for a detective novel that is quite accurate in its background in Rome.Published 6 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 7 months ago by J. M. Massi