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Lindsey Davis
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17 April 2014 Flavia Albia
From renowned author Lindsey Davis, creator of the much-loved character, Marcus Didius Falco and his friends and family, comes the second novel in her all-new series set in Ancient Rome. We first met Flavia Albia, Falco's feisty adopted daughter, in The Ides of April. Albia is a remarkable woman in what is very much a man's world: young, widowed and fiercely independent, she lives alone on the Aventine Hill in Rome and makes a good living as a hired investigator. An outsider in more ways than one, Albia has unique insight into life in ancient Rome, and she puts it to good use going places no man could go, and asking questions no man could ask. Even as the dust settles from her last case, Albia finds herself once again drawn into a web of lies an intrigue. A mysterious death at a local villa begs may be murder and, as the household slaves are implicated, Albia is once again forced to involve herself. Her fight is not just for truth and justice, however; this time, she's also battling for the very lives of people who can't fight for themselves. Enemies at Home presents Ancient Rome as only Lindsey Davis can, offering wit, intrigue, action and the further adventures of a brilliant new heroine who promises to be as celebrated as Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina, her fictional predecessors.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (17 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444766589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444766585
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lindsey Davis has written nineteen novels, beginning with The Course of Honour, the love story of the Emperor Vespasian and Antonia Caenis. Her bestselling mystery series features laid-back First Century detective Marcus Didius Falco and his partner Helena Justina, plus friends, relations, pets and bitter enemy the Chief Spy. Her books are translated into many languages and serialised on BBC Radio 4. Past Chair of the Crimewriters' Association and a Vice President of the Classical Association, she has won the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Dagger in the Library, and a Sherlock award for Falco as Best Comic Detective. She was born in Birmingham but now lives in London.

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Falco: The New Generation

About the Author

Historical novelist Lindsey Davis is best known for The Course of Honour, the true story of the Emperor Vespasian and his mistress Caenis, and for her twenty volume mystery series featuring Roman detective, Marcus Didius Falco, with its recent addition of Falco: the Official Companion, a cheery handbook for readers. She has also written Rebels and Traitors, an epic novel set in the English Civil War and Commonwealth.

She has won the CWA Historical Dagger, Dagger in the Library, and a Sherlock for Falco as Best Detective. She has been Honorary President of the Classical Association, and Chair of the Crimewriters Association. In 2010 the city of Rome gave her the Premio Colosseo, awarded `for enhancing the image of Rome` and in 2011 she was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, witty, funny, and kind of charming 19 April 2014
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This is my second Flavia Albia mystery, having read the previous book shortly before this one, but otherwise being new to Lindsey Davis’ mysteries and not having read her infamous Didius Falco series as I’m sure many readers of this spin-off will have. Whilst I found the opener to the series, The Ides of April, solid and entertaining, I easily guessed the mystery and I felt the pacing was little off the boil. Not so in Enemies at Home.

Here the new series seems to have hit its stride. Flavia Albia’s first person narrative voice is just as sardonic and direct as ever, and her witty observations guide us through the new mystery she's facing - a newlywed couple murdered with their silverware stolen and their slaves under suspicion having fled into sanctuary. In contrast to The Ides of April, I didn't guess the whodunit in advance, though the eventual culprit was on my shortlist, I felt the reveal wasn't telegraphed ahead of time and this definitely kept the mystery boiling at a much hotter temperature. Albia felt much sharper on the case here too, whereas in The Ides of April I felt she missed obvious clues, and I appreciated her methodical yet entertaining approach. The pacing feels tighter too; the mystery gets going a lot quicker than it did in the first novel, and the reveal occurs later, leaving just the right amount of satisfactory aftermath for wrapping things up. Davis introduces an eclectic group of suspects each of whom are working their own angle and with their own objectives in mind, which thickens the plot and keeps the mystery going until close to the reveal.

Coming to this series having not read Falco, I can't make the comparisons that long-time fans of Falco will, but I have to say Albia is beginning to grow on me. It's not earth-shattering high literature, but nor is it meant to be. Enemies at Home is quietly clever, witty, funny, and kind of charming, and that is what makes it so very readable and entertaining. Definitely a good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book. 23 May 2014
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Better than the first Albia book, which I also liked, but which spent a disproportionate amount of time laying down the groundwork for the series, and not as much time on the plot. It feels like Lindsey has hit her stride with her new and ongoing characters, and she pays a very graceful tribute in her writing to the characters from the old series.

I always liked Flavia Albia, and I think her development in this series is very believable, and clearly builds on who I had seen her to be. The character development seems very thoughtful.

In terms of plot, this was a really interesting take on the lives of slaves, and the institution of slavery, in first century Rome. The mystery was complex, and it's always fun when you don't see the ending coming.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Albia grows on you 20 April 2014
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I have read, and enjoyed all of Lindsey Davis`s Falco novels and consequently was acquainted with the character of Albia before reading the books in this new series, as many readers must be. I was looking forward to future Falco stories, and though disappointed that it appears this is unlikely to happen, was happy to give Albia a chance to bear Falco`s torch for the next generation. Albia is growing on me. Her character is developing, as is her relationship with her aedile, although I find myself wishing for more involvement with characters from the Falco novels. I imagine Lindsey Davis deliberately sidelines her previous main characters to allow Albia to develop her own tales, but some interaction would be nice! In this second Albia story some of the secondary characters have been introduced, and some of her family background has been filled in, although much of her own experience still remains hidden. Unfortunately, it would appear (so far!) that her own relationship with Tiberius Is doomed to failure. Although I appreciate that a happy love affair in any serial is considered too boring, and broken hearts and relationships keep readers interested, the concept of a blighted love affair is in itself so common these days as to be boring in itself! No doubt we shall see how they progress. All in all, Albia is growing on me. I will definitely read further episodes in her career. If you enjoyed Falco, you should enjoy Albia. Just don`t expect to meet him. At least, not yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't fret, Flavia Albia is on the case 23 April 2014
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Flavia Albia is asked to investigate in a double murder case where the household slaves, under suspicion and trying to avoid arrest by the local vigiles, seek sanctuary in the Temple of Ceres. Assisted by the sympathetic aedile Manlius Faustus, she sets about to sift the truth from the surrounding web of lies.

This is the second volume in the Flavia Albia series of historical mysteries, set in Ancient Rome in the reign of the Emperor Domitian. Apart from the titular heroine, Manlius Faustus makes a welcome return as an aedile in touch with his plebeian roots when going about his duty, as does his dopey slave Dromo. We are introduced to two of Flavia's senator uncles, and her mother makes a brief appearance, as the rest of the family is enjoying a holiday at the seaside.

For the first 170+ pages not much is happening as Flavia Albia is interviewing suspects and following up on leads that don't actually lead anywhere; we share her frustration at the lack of results as she is about to give up on the case, when suddenly certain parties have been moved to action. As the body count rises and the number of suspects declines, Flavia Albia reminds us that there are often victims on both sides.

I did enjoy accompanying Flavia Albia on her investigation, even if the beginning was terribly (and probably realistically) slow and her often flippant first-person narrative does occasionally start to grate. The characters are, without fail, well drawn, and we learn a lot about life in Rome in the 1st century AD. Lindsey Davis leaves plenty of red herrings amongst the genuine clues, and I did not know the identity of the killer until Flavia Albia herself had put one and one together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer. Sad this is her last book at ...
Great writer. Sad this is her last book at the moment. Have read all the Falco books. Brilliant stories!
Published 4 days ago by caroline Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Linsey Davis is a great modern day novelist. Historically accurate and a fun read.
Published 4 days ago by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Roman detective novel is very enternaining
Enjoyed it but I was in love with Falco so it didn't get the same buzz.
Published 8 days ago by Miss M Holton
4.0 out of 5 stars As entertaining as the old Falcon, though suspension of ...
As entertaining as the old Falcon, though suspension of disbelief in a female detective takes a bit more doing. Keep them coming
Published 8 days ago by Mrs Jean Elizabeth Stephenson
4.0 out of 5 stars How slavery worked in Rome.
Interesting follow on; readable review of how slavery worked in Rome, apart from entertaining me it left me thoughtful.
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Published 8 days ago by Wilga
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
Did not think that Lindsey Davis could match the Falco series but I was wrong. Thoroughly enjoyed it, look forward to the next book
Published 16 days ago by Mrs Janet Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Another stunning tale from Lindsey Davis
As usual very well researched - don't normally like detective stories but am hooked on all work by Lindsey Davis.
Published 17 days ago by Graham J Gorringe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I really enjoyed Lindsey Davis Falco books, so was pleasantly surprises with this new series. I have read both books and can see she is developing the characters. Great Fun.
Published 18 days ago by seagull
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid read.
Flavia Albia's second case was as entertaining as her first. I've read all the Falco books and loved them all. I look forward to coming to love the new generation equally.
Published 20 days ago by Miss Shelagh McNamara
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read converted several friends
Great read! Never a diasppointed with Lyndsey Davies Ancient Rome series. Haven't put it down ! Just hate waiting for next book!
Published 20 days ago by Maria Holness
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