Thursday, 31 July 2014

HISTORICAL CRIME FICTION REVIEW: Flavia Alba 2: Enemies At Home - Lindsey Davis

Release Date: 17/04/14
Publisher:  Hodder


From renowned author Lindsey Davis, creator of the much-loved character, Marcus Didius Falco and his friends and family, comes the second novel in her all-new series set in Ancient Rome. We first met Flavia Albia, Falco's feisty adopted daughter, in The Ides of April. Albia is a remarkable woman in what is very much a man's world: young, widowed and fiercely independent, she lives alone on the Aventine Hill in Rome and makes a good living as a hired investigator. An outsider in more ways than one, Albia has unique insight into life in ancient Rome, and she puts it to good use going places no man could go, and asking questions no man could ask. Even as the dust settles from her last case, Albia finds herself once again drawn into a web of lies an intrigue. A mysterious death at a local villa begs may be murder and, as the household slaves are implicated, Albia is once again forced to involve herself. Her fight is not just for truth and justice, however; this time, she's also battling for the very lives of people who can't fight for themselves. Enemies at Home presents Ancient Rome as only Lindsey Davis can, offering wit, intrigue, action and the further adventures of a brilliant new heroine who promises to be as celebrated as Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina, her fictional predecessors.


I’m a huge fan of Lindsey’s Falco series so when I had a chance to start a brand new series last year, I couldn’t wait to see what would occur with a new character and Lindsey’s own identifiable style. Needless to say I wasn’t disappointed and with a cracking lead character that the reader can associate with alongside great quips, wonderful turns of phrase as well as a delightful mystery to uncover all round generated something that was pure agony to put down.

Add to this an escalation in events with an ever increasing body count, tight lips within the investigation and all round, a frustrating case becomes one that really does hit the spot for readers. Great stuff.

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