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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lindsey Davis Narrator: Sarah Feathers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Flavia Albia Mysteries Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781504791779
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Rome, August AD 89. Flavia Albia, the daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, has taken up her father’s former profession as an informer. On a typical day, it’s small cases—cheating spouses, employees dipping into the till—but this isn’t a typical day. Her beloved, the plebeian Manlius Faustus, has recently moved in and decided that they should get married in a big, showy ceremony as part of beginning a proper domestic life together. Also, his contracting firm has been renovating a run-down building, a bar called the Garden of the Hesperides, where they uncover human remains buried in the backyard. For years there had been rumors that the previous owner of the bar, now deceased, killed a barmaid, and these are presumably her remains. In the choice between planning a big wedding to-do and looking into a crime from long ago, Albia would much rather investigate a possible murder—or murders, as more and more remains are uncovered, revealing that something truly horrible has been going on at the Hesperides.

As Albia gets closer to the truth behind the bodies in the backyard, her investigation has put her in the crosshairs—which might be the only way she’ll get out of the wedding preparations and away from all her relatives who are so very anxious to help out.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This excellent Roman mystery, enriched by Davis’ characteristic wit and thorough understanding of the period, takes a darker turn as Flavia delves into Rome’s poorest streets, rife with prostitution, exploitation, thuggery, and murder.”

    Sunday Express (London)

  • “Davis provides a sympathetic look at first-century Rome’s ‘ladies of the evening’ in this thoroughly satisfying fourth outing for Flavia Albia, daughter of Marcus Didius Falco…The story unfolds at an astonishing pace, over the course of just eight days. There is plenty of drama and danger, which spill right over into the nuptial celebrations, but there is also a hearty helping of Davis’ well-placed humor. She continues to take us out onto the streets and into the alleyways of a Rome so unlike the pristine marble metropolis of romantic imagining…[as] we follow Flavia, a strong yet vulnerable female protagonist…Recommended for all fans of humorous mysteries and crime set in antiquity.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Flavia, an informer (the ancient Roman equivalent of a PI) who believes in justice above all else, sets out to identify the remains and solve a very cold case—which becomes more complex after she finds evidence of a previously unsuspected crime.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As always, you can rely on Davis to write a compelling and entertaining mystery. Following Flavia as she navigates ancient Rome during the reign of Domitian is engaging because of both the accurate historical depictions and the challenges of being a female private informer in a male-dominated society…Any fan of historical fiction and murder mysteries will enjoy this book.”

    Library Journal

  • “Albia races against the clock to catch the killer before her wedding day. Davis’ fourth case for her heroine is long on drollery, unpacking its tricky murder puzzle piecemeal.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Author Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis is an English novelist best known for her award-winning historical crime stories set in ancient Rome and its empire. The acclaimed Marcus Didius Falco series earned her the Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, and Alexandria made the New York Times bestsellers list. She is also the author of the acclaimed historical novels The Course of Honor and Rebels and Traitors. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the 2011 Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association for lifetime achievement. Born and raised in Birmingham, England, she read English at Oxford and worked for the civil service for thirteen years before becoming a writer.