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The Ides of April (Falco: The New Generation) [Hardcover]

Lindsey Davis
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11 April 2013

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.

The Ides of April is vintage Lindsey Davis, offering wit, intrigue, action and 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: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444755811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444755817
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,974 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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Praise for MASTER AND GOD:

'The narrative is rapid and the story well told with much sharp-edged detail. You can open this book and step right into a convincing yet extraordinary past.'


'Davis's descriptions of Rome are vivid and lively...this is a great yarn' ( Daily Mail)

'While this book is a departure from her usual Falco novels, the trademark charm, piercing intelligence and ready wit are as abundant as ever... dramatic and enthralling, all the more so for being full of historical fact. The characters are intriguing and three-dimensional, and the whole is told with a humour and insight which means the reader will find the book impossible to put down.' (

'An intimate portrait of resilience, friendship and love' (Sunday Examiner, Australia)

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Falco: the new generation - Introducing Flavia Albia.

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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ides of April 25 Feb 2013
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Lindsey Davis is, of course, well known to legions of fans for her Falco detective series. Now, she has cleverly created a spin off series, with Flavia Albia, Falco's adopted daughter, as the the main character. This is very much a new series, so it does not matter whether you have read any (or all) of the Falco novels - previous characters, such as family members, are mentioned, but always with explanations as to who is who, and Flavia Albia is very much the main character in her own setting. However, if you are a fan of the Falco novels, even the location will be familiar, as Favia Albia lives in Fountain Court, where her father first lived in the first book The Silver Pigs: (Falco 1). Like her father, Flavia Albia is also an private informer, with an independent streak and a wish to succeed at her chosen profession.

Being a woman both limits Flavia Albia in her investigations and yet gives her better access to information when interviewing female clients. The author paints a vibrant picture of Rome, with all the problems and limitations women faced in everyday life. When a client of Flavia Albia's dies suddenly, her main concern is that she will no longer be paid. However, the woman's stepson is unwilling to accept the death as natural and asks her to investigate. To her surprise, Flavia Albia discovers that other, previously healthy and active people, have died suddenly and it seems a murderer is stalking the streets of Rome. Originally, Flavia Albia is warned off the case, but when it becomes apparent that a female investigator could help, she joins forces with Morellus, a vigiles investigator, and Tiberius, who works for the aedile Manlius Faustus, to track down the killer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a let down 16 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was really looking forward to this, and had saved it for a comfortable day on the settee! Oh dear. What a waste. Apart from realising well before Albia who was the guilty party, i just didn't care about the girl. There was lots of atmosphere in the book, as one would expect, but it just didn't gel for me. Like others who weren't keen on this I was sorry that Helena and Falco didn't appear. And when was Postumus born? And why is he such a strange boy?.I might buy the next book if I can get it cheaply enough, but I certainly wouldn't pay full price for it. (I ended up by speed reading through it so I didn't waste any more time on it)
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear, I Did Want to Enjoy It 18 April 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Oh dear, I really, really wanted to like this novel. I own and have enjoyed all of Ms Davies's novels (well a few of the very late Falcos were a little hard work). The new main character is exactly my age. I have been really looking forward to reading this book. I have had it on pre order for months but .....

For me this book lacked things I was looking for from a hot stuff Lindsay Davies novel. I came to the table expecting a tight clever plot, humour and above all joy de vivre and I found a very tired plot (that I almost couldn't be bothered waiting for the conclusion of), an understandably (given her life experiences) bitter and tiresome leading character who had none of the charm and wit I was looking for in the daughter of Falco. There was just no bounce.

I didn't hate this book. It is well written and life in ancient Rome is beautifully brought to life in the background. I just found the story and the heroine uninteresting. I am afraid my eyes kept glassing over as I read. I kept wishing Falco would come out of the background and draw my attention.

I am so sorry Ms Davies because I really love the Silver Pigs and I was hoping that this was going to be Silver Pigs mark two. I shall keep reading Ms Davies as I am sure there will be a return to form!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising beginning... 11 April 2014
By Isis
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to admit that although I’d heard of author Lindsey Davis before, I had never got round to picking up any of her renowned Marcus Didius Falco mystery novels. The Ides of April is the first novel in Falco: The Next Generation, following the adventures of Falco’s adopted daughter Flavia Albia as she too becomes an investigator of mysteries. Therefore I jumped into this series not knowing what to expect.

The style of writing struck me immediately, and hard. Albia is our first person narrator, and her acerbic, sardonic, down-to-earth commentary permeates through the whole book. It definitely threw me as her “voice” is extremely modern in tone. However, once I got used to it, I could see the advantages this style brings. The modern voice in a historical novel serves to highlight the similarities between people in the past and present, instead of making historical characters feel distant and unidentifiable in their outlook and values. I liked the tongue-in-cheek flippancy of the style, it’s irreverent and captures the immediacy of the situation and certainly captures the attention of the reader.

Albia’s an intelligent, practical woman who sets out to carve her own career, with some life experience behind her but plenty yet ahead too. This is a character I can easily like and identify with, all big plus points. On the down side, Albia’s sardonic internal thoughts reveal rather negative, cynical judgments of almost everyone she meets, and that wasn’t so likeable – but I can let it go in view of the fact that I’m guessing this is an aspect of her character that will grow over time, and it provides a pretty big flaw to her otherwise admirable figure.

I appreciated Davis’ subtle attention to detail too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The girl does good!
Another fiver...Davis has done it again.
In mourning for the loss of Falco my faith is restored in the feisty daughter he trained. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it - Perfect Falco
It has he as some mixed review and I agree that the ending was rather easy to foresee. But I enjoyed it nevertheless. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mrs. CMS Kirkpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chip off the old block
Having read the Falco books at least twice I was delighted when this book came to my notice. It is as intriguing and amusing as the others and I loved the hint of a relationship... Read more
Published 8 days ago by norma gregory
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Falco
It is an ok book, but after reading the Falco series it does feel a bit of a letdown, I didn't really enjoy the last Falco either so maybe the author is just starting to run out of... Read more
Published 9 days ago by nicola wright
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
As an avid follower of Falco I felt that I'd missed part of the story and wondered at first if I'd missed out a book or two and so I felt there were gaps in the continuation that... Read more
Published 11 days ago by norma arnold
4.0 out of 5 stars Falcon in petticoats
If you have enjoyed Lindsey Davis in the past, you will enjoy this. All atmosphere of ancient Rome, good characters and humour.
Published 12 days ago by E. Cleland
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I loved Alba. What a good idea to start another series from her point of view. I have greatly enoyed all the Falco books, but did think maybe enough was enough.
Published 21 days ago by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars still very good
Though falcon has now retired, this follow on promises to be just as good. I look forward to further books in the series.
Published 1 month ago by mrs s mckenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
this is gift to my mother who loves the Falco books and has read every single one of them. she hasn't read or got this book but when it arrived she couldn't wait to start reading... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Freyja
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Once again a fantastic book by Lindsey Davis!!!! Couldn't put it down. Life continues after Marcus Didius Falco retires. Superb.
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