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THE IDES OF APRIL.
on 25 July 2016
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 adopted daughter, Flavia Albia, who, now 28, has taken over daddy's business as a Private Investigator/Informer.
Set in Rome - I know this because I'm told this is the case, my problem being I somehow don't feel it - this, the first case in the Flavia Albia Mysteries, is based on similar known cases.
To sum my feelings up ...
I adored Albia as the feisty, 'modern' woman that she is - I just didn't necessarily buy into her as a Roman character. Loved her sarcastic humour which I seem to remember also set apart the Falco books. Alas its just a shame that it is her voice, this constant overly descriptive first-hand
narrative, that tends to interrupt the flow of the story.
Curious about the authors seemingly rabid dislike of men - or was it just lazy writing, her stereotyping the ancient Roman male? - her endless portrayal of them as (at best) incompetent boors or (at worst) sexual predators.
Disappointingly I worked out who-dun-it early on thus the climax was, well, anti-climatic.
Overall I think it fair to say that though an OK read I have read similar fiction (albeit not with a female protagonist) that was, shall we say, more to my taste.
Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.