The Ides of April

Lindsey Davis

The Ides of April

Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of a famous investigating family. In defiance of tradition, she lives alone on the colourful Aventine Hill, and battles out a solo career in a male-dominated world. As a woman and an outsider, Albia has special insight into the best, and worst, of life in ancient Rome. A female client dies in mysterious circumstances. Albia investigates and discovers there have been many other strange deaths all over the city, yet she is warned off by the authorities. The vigils are incompetent. The local magistrate is otherwise engaged, organising the Games of Ceres, notorious for its ancient fox-burning ritual. Even Albia herself is preoccupied with a new love affair: Andronicus, an attractive archivist, offers all that a love-starved young widow can want, even though she knows better than to take him home to meet the parents...As the festival progresses, her neighbourhood descends into mayhem and becomes the heartless killer's territory. While Albia and her allies search for him, he stalks them through familiar byways and brings murder ever closer to home. 3.9 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
The Ides of April

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction
Format Hardcover
Pages 368
RRP
Date of Publication April 2013
ISBN 978-1444755817
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
 

Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of a famous investigating family. In defiance of tradition, she lives alone on the colourful Aventine Hill, and battles out a solo career in a male-dominated world. As a woman and an outsider, Albia has special insight into the best, and worst, of life in ancient Rome. A female client dies in mysterious circumstances. Albia investigates and discovers there have been many other strange deaths all over the city, yet she is warned off by the authorities. The vigils are incompetent. The local magistrate is otherwise engaged, organising the Games of Ceres, notorious for its ancient fox-burning ritual. Even Albia herself is preoccupied with a new love affair: Andronicus, an attractive archivist, offers all that a love-starved young widow can want, even though she knows better than to take him home to meet the parents...As the festival progresses, her neighbourhood descends into mayhem and becomes the heartless killer's territory. While Albia and her allies search for him, he stalks them through familiar byways and brings murder ever closer to home.

Reviews

The Independent

Jane Jakeman

Flavia proves a worthy successor to her wily father and, as always, under all the excitement runs the solidity of Davis's historical knowledge: the silent killings were recorded by an ancient historian. Sudden death in ancient Rome – there was a lot of it about. Thank the gods!

24/04/2013

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The Times

Marcel Berlins

Davis continues her wonderful portrayal of the city and its inhabitants, and the delightful Flavia Alba adds an important element — the complicated status of working women.

13/04/2013

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The Daily Telegraph

Jake Kerridge

If Flavia’s lengthy, ironical disquisitions on Roman life are pretty indistinguishable from those her father so often indulged in, that is all to the good. The auguries promise a long, successful series.

17/04/2013

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The Guardian

Tom Holland

Although there is a witty nod in this to the conventions of classical fiction, in which heroines invariably have mysterious origins, Albia herself is no less contemporary in her sensibilities than her adoptive father. She is feisty and independent, in a manner that owes more to Kay Scarpetta than any Flavian model of female behaviour, but also witty and demotic.

09/05/2013

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The Daily Express

Barry Forshaw

What distinguishes this first Flavia Albia book is the clear and demonstrable relish with which Lindsey Davis characterises her bloody-minded new heroine. The crucial new element here - the problems a young woman will encounter in what is very much a male-dominated society - has produced cherishable results, and any regrets over the sidelining of Falco senior will be more than compensated for by this debut outing for the female Falco Jr.

26/04/2013

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