- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (11 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444755811
- ISBN-13: 978-1444755817
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Ides of April: Flavia Albia 1 (Falco: The New Generation) Hardcover – 11 Apr 2013
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'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.'(Independent)
'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.' (www.thebookbag.co.uk)
'An intimate portrait of resilience, friendship and love' (Sunday Examiner, Australia)
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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.Read more ›
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!
In the first half of the book, Flavia Albia comes across as someone with a chip on her shoulder as big as the Colosseum, and it became rather irritating after a while, when she kept dismissing everyone she came across as either beneath her notice or a lying hypocrite. Happily, the second half of the book came across much better; the plot of the story picked up, and the characters as a whole in the story became much more interesting.
Flavia Albia is an informer in Rome in the reign of Domitian, a rather unpredictable emperor on whose wrong side it was not wise to get; and the life of an informer could be rather dangerous, let alone for a woman. Luckily Flavia Albia had a good upbringing with her loyal and loving family after a rocky start in life, and she is no ordinary shrinking Roman matron. When she is asked to investigate the sudden death of one of her clients, she at first dismisses the notion that the death was anything but natural. But delving further into the underworld of Rome, she finds a number of apparently unlinked but sudden deaths. Could they have any relation to the death of her client, and what could their links be?
This story certainly picked up in the second half, and got better as it went along. On the strength of my enjoyment of the second book in the series, I will most definitely look out for the third book. Hopefully Flavia Albia continues to find more mysteries in the world of Rome in the first century AD.
Set around a dozen years on from the story covered by Nemesis, `Ides of April' initially took a while to get going as Davis filled in some of the gaps created by the leap forward in time. The Falco series, rather like Michael Clynes' series about the incorrigible Elizabethan rogue Roger Shallot, was told as the reminiscences of someone in old age of their younger exploits. By a third of the way through the novel you can breathe a sigh of relief as you find that all the major characters from the Falco series are alive and well, if keeping their heads down to avoid being chopped by the unstable Domitian.
This is Davis at her best. The story flows well, the narrative description of Rome and its people are vivid and three dimensional and it is a wonderfully plotted book full of humour and irony. Davis has also done well to avoid miring Falco senior into the series too early. This young lady is an able detective in her own right, albeit with illustrious adoptive forebears and I'm sure that she'll build up an impressive casebook of her own to rival that of `Pa' and leave him for the time being managing grandpa Geminus's dodgy antiques business.
I did have this on pre-order from when it was first placed in the catalogue, for me Davis can do little wrong in this genre; generally I know I'm going to be royally entertained, have a few laughs and a good mystery to boot. I'm really pleased I got the opportunity to read it before it officially hit the stands.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is reasonably lighthearted and fun to read. It is a crime mystery about someone who is killing people, seemingly randomly, in the streets. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Anne
An easy read. I enjoyed the way it gave a possible insight in to the role of women in a different society albeit from today's point of view. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jo I
Having avidly read all the falco books I was expecting the same level of wit and gripping intrigue that came from L.Davis's writing. However, this book plods along with neither.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wasn't sure about Flavia Albia being the main character after all the Falco stories. Which is why I didn't bother buying the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A really good read - and if you miss Falco, this is a great way to continue the story. Nemesis was so bleak at the end.Published 2 months ago by Miss Sally V Fisher
I have read all of the Didius Falco books and loved then. So I thought that I would try the new series. I did not enjoy and will not follow this seriesPublished 2 months ago by dodo
I'm struggling to finish the book. It's well written and well-researched. That's why I'm still reading and will finish the book; discovering about Ancient Rome in a different way... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Y