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Excellent scene setting let down by the story line
on 8 November 2017
The setting of this novel, in Domitian's Rome, is well realised and interesting. The story line of the murders, and its resolution, is less gripping. The private detective ("informer") Flavia Albia is a little too sure of herself, and a little too gullible, to be credible. You end up reading the book for the background rather than the plot.