The Ides of April

A Flavia Albia Mystery

Flavia Albia Mystery Series (Volume 1)

Lindsey Davis

Minotaur Books

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Falco: The Next Generation––Flavia Albia has taken up her father's profession. Only, now Rome is a more dangerous, mercurial place than it was back in dear old dad’s day . . .

Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina. From her mother, she learned how to blend in at all levels of society; from her father, she learned the tricks of their mutual professional trade. But her wits and (frequently) sharp tongue are hers alone. 

Now, working as a private informer in Rome during the reign of Domitian, Flavia has taken over her father’s old ramshackle digs at Fountain Court in the Surbura district, where she plies her trade with energy, determination, and the usual Falco luck. Recently hired to help investigate a fatal accident, she finds herself stuck with a truly awful person for a client and facing a well-heeled, well-connected opponent. 

That is, until her client unexpectedly dies under what might be called “suspicious circumstances.” While this is not a huge loss for society, it is a loss for Flavia Albia’s pocket. Even worse, it’s just one of a series of similar deaths for which she now finds herself under suspicion. Before things go from abysmal to worse, Flavia must sort out what is happening, and who is responsible.

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Lucius Bassus was three years old when his mother took her eyes off him and he ran out of the house to play. They lived on the Clivus Publicius, a steep road on the Aventine Hill, where he was knocked down by a builder’s cart. The cart, which escaped its driver’s control as it sped down the slope, was owned by Metellus and Nepos, an outfit that worked from a yard on the hill. Nobody talked about Nepos; at first I thought he might be an invention for some tax fiddle.
This business was no more shady than most in Imperial Rome.

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“Davis’ best-selling historical mysteries brim with colorful characters and rich period detail, providing readers with a vivid portrait of ancient Rome.” —Booklist on Master and God

“Lindsey Davis doesn't just bring Rome to life—she brings Rome to life better than anyone else ever has.” —Detroit Free Press on The Silver Pigs

"An irresistible package of history, mystery, and fast-moving action, all punctuated by a sense of humor that few writers can match." —The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Venus in Copper


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Lindsey Davis

LINDSEY DAVIS is the author of The New York Times bestselling series of historical mysteries featuring Marcus Didius Falco. She lives in London. 

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The Ides of April
A Flavia Albia Mystery
Lindsey Davis

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
June 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250023698
ISBN10: 1250023696
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
June 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250048554
ISBN10: 1250048559
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
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Minotaur Books
June 2013
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ISBN: 9781250023704
ISBN10: 125002370X
352 pages
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