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Enemies at Home (Flavia Albia Mysteries) [Hardcover]

Lindsey Davis
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15 July 2014 Flavia Albia Mysteries (Book 2)
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: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (15 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250023777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250023773
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,627 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 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Enemies at Home 20 Sep 2014
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This is the first book by Lindsey Davis that I have read, but I shall be hunting out all her works immediately. I found this book reminiscent of Steven Saylor’s books of Rome and its mysteries, and it also features strong protagonists.

The story is set in AD 89, and the main character is an indomitable lady of around 30 years of age; Flavia Albia, the adopted daughter of Falco (who features in Lindsey Davis’ earlier series of some 20 novels) is working on her own merits as an investigator and informer (a particularly unliked character in the Roman world, whose use by the Emperor Domitian in particular led to people being ‘informed’ upon for all sorts of reasons of their own). However, Flavia Albia is an upright citizen of Rome, who seeks justice (as well as some recompense for her time and trouble). She is asked by Manlius Faustus, the local magistrate (or aedile) to assist when a group of slaves seek sanctuary at the Temple of Ceres. Their master and mistress have been killed, and according to Roman law of the time, slaves must seek to protect their owners; failure to do so renders them liable to execution. And any slave testimony is only valid if extracted under torture, so sanctuary may be their best bet to stay alive. But if they are guilty in any way, the slaves must face the full force of the law. Can Flavia Albia find out what happened at the Aviola household?

This is a great read; a great novel of Rome, and a great mystery novel; there is a strong thread of wit and humour running through the story, as well of course as the horrible circumstances of murder and the threat to the slaves of horrible execution, just because they are slaves. Flavia Albia and her family are great characters, and I look forward very much to reading more of the author’s works. I have a lot to catch up on, and I look forward to it.
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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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Published 4 days ago by Marc G. Hiles
4.0 out of 5 stars Marcus Didius' Daughter
Really enjoyed the original Falco series, and was sorry that it ended. Now his step-daughter is following in Marcus Didius' footsteps, and so far so good. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mr. T. C. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Some gaps,in the plot lines but as entertainingly written as ever and with just the ideal character development to make you wish for the next instalment!
Published 14 days ago by Lawrence Plum
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved all the Falco books
Loved all the Falco books, which I read back-to-back, and then only had to wait a month or two for Nemesis to come out. Bliss! Then I had severe withdrawal symptoms ... Read more
Published 19 days ago by nogginthenog
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern miss in old Rome
The second of Lindsey Davis's second generation Roman sleuth and very enjoyable it is too though one feels Flavia is almost like a time traveller in Ancient Rome with modern... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Malcolm R
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Anyone who has read the "Falco" novels can expect an enjoyable read. More, please, Lindsey.
Published 25 days ago by PJ Curley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brought for the husband cus he loves these books
Published 28 days ago by Mrs. S. G .Bickerton
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
the second in the flavia labia series of books well crafted and surprising in its depth. I enjoyed it enormously.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Elizabeth M. Roberts
1.0 out of 5 stars Davis has a massive basic problem with the series - the characters she...
So very, very disappointing. This book is SLOW and in Albia Davis has developed a character who is sadly as dim as many of the people she purports to investigate. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good novel from Lindsey Davis.
Very good new series of books from Lindsey Davis, can't wait for next one in series.
Published 1 month ago by Harvey
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