The Ides of April

The Ides of April

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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, in Lindsey Davis' The Ides of April.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014, c2013.
Edition: 1st Minotaur Books pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781250048554
1250048559
Characteristics: 341 p. :,map.

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andreareads
Nov 30, 2013

. . . I had spent my childhood a thousand miles from Rome, in a backwoods town that had been laid waste in a revolt and still lacked interesting architecture; when an effort has been made to build something unusual, I pay polite attention.

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andreareads
Nov 30, 2013

My two romantic little sisters believed that being so carefully dressed up as I was that afternoon guaranteed that you would meet the love of your life. Not today, apparently.

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andreareads
Nov 30, 2013

We were jostled on our own streets by visitors who seemed to have no sense that they had invaded our ground. Why do tourists never allow space to other people on pavements? Why are they so loud, why be such disrespectful idiots? Do they all leave their brains at home, sitting on a shelf with their good manners, when they pack their travel bags?

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andreareads
Nov 30, 2013

He has a long history of behaviour problems. Being reprimanded has no effect. He never admits he has done anything wrong. If forced, he blames other people; once you know him, you can watch his cunning brain devising excuses as he wriggles.

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andreareads
Nov 30, 2013

Stirring wall frescos showed heroes shedding the blood of monsters, watched by vacuous maidens, in various rocky locations: the sort of lurid adventure people suppose takes place abroad. I had been abroad, and knew otherwise.

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SEBoiko
Oct 14, 2013

Love is when you stick with someone despite disagreements.

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SEBoiko
Oct 14, 2013

Tyrants are petrified of riots.

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helen13
Aug 11, 2016

Nice twisty plot with humor and a lot of fun. Albia's voice is a lot like Falco's, with the same lack of respect that makes the Didius Falco books such fun. A thoroughly good read and well worth the time.

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merlinsilver
Dec 30, 2013

Falco’s daughter is the new lead detective and just as engaging as her father. I really like the bits of humor Lindsey Davis adds. Can’t wait until the next one comes out.

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andreareads
Nov 30, 2013

The Falco books are a hard act to follow, but I'm happy to have this spin-off series. I appreciated the fresh perspective of a narrator who is a woman and not native to Rome. As always, Davis introduces a wealth of detail without interrupting the flow of the story. For instance, I'd never thought about how a sewing needle, a cheap, mass-produced item in modern times, could be an expensive item in the ancient world. I figured out the mystery slightly ahead of the main characters, but that's part of the pleasure of a mystery: outsmarting the detective if you can.

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SusanWilbanks
Jun 17, 2013

First in a new series connected to the Falco novels but set ~12 years after the last one in that series. Gets off to a slow start, but hooked me by the midpoint, and I'm now eager for next year's sequel.

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