- 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 (228 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,860 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!
Albia is still in many ways the wilful child of the Falco books, but at 29 and ten years a widow, she has her head screwed on and knows what she wants and how to get it. Drawn, reluctantly on the part of her male counterparts, into the investigation of a series of sudden deaths by poison, she proves her worth and stands firmly on her own feet.
It is the detail of Roman life, the wonderfully drawn characters (even the minor ones) who come right off the page, and the sometimes wicked humour, that make this book, and the Falco books, such a delight to read. We may not meet Falco directly here, but his presence is still very much felt I love the way the story is told in modern English and I do not find this detracts from the historical feel.
There is romance here, if rather hasty and possibly ill-judged, Albia is very human; pathos, in the horrible fate of the foxes sacrificed to Ceres which upsets her enough to take matters into her own hands; love of family - even for her obnoxious younger adopted brother Postumus (of whom I'm sure we will hear more); loyalty and determination.
Tiberius, the runner for the aedile, Andronicus the charmer, Ronan the door keeper, Junillus her deaf cousin, Robigo the fox - too many vibrant characters to name but they all fit perfectly into the story.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Of her detective tales. Having read all the Falco series I was fascinated to read the the first of the new generation books and have not been disappointed. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Susan M Heightman
Rome lives in these stories, on a recent visit I was stunned by the familiarity of what I saw in the forum.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A female Falco but not quite as exciting as the Falco we know and love?Published 1 month ago by john briggs
I have been a Falco fan for many years, so any continuation of this world is welcome. The mystery itself was easy enough to work out, but the Aventine setting and well-developed... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S Lake
I seem to remember reading something very similar by this author pre my blog (Pen and Paper). Turns out it kind of proceeds her 'Falco' series, following Marcus Didius Falco's... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tracy Terry
I was quite prepared to be disappointed with this novel after a long love affair with the Falco series but from very early on I was hooked. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. Graham Hudson