We know her from the Falco books, but in those she was a teenager and seen through the eyes of her father. Yet this novel does not attack its reader, but rather exposes the reader to moral complexities, including the way that masters use slaves as concubines to fulfill sexual lusts, and the way that slaves and freedmen are often ignorant of what is in their best interests and guilty of acting in ways or encouraging behaviors that threaten such security as they can have in the context of the unjust and unstable systems of slavery that have existed throughout history. Here is a brief summary of the plot of this new novel from the Amazon ad…. When a couple is found dead in their own bedroom and their house burglarized, some of their household slaves know what is about to happen to them. This is too many pages to continually detail routing walks or chair rides.
When the novel begins there is a temple full of slaves who are fleeing execution for not preventing the murder of their owners. Albia realises that the Aviola silverware is hidden in the well, and discovers that the old well has been freshly sealed with a wooden cover, using a plank covered with dried blood. When a couple is found dead in their own bedroom and their house burglarized, some of their household slaves know what is about to happen to them. Summary In Ancient Rome, the number of slaves was far greater than that of free citizens. The first book firmly established Albia in her own right; smart, determined, and fiercely independent.
I will happily seek out the third in the series. But then I read the reviews of the latest, and second installment in this new series and breathed a sigh of relief. In this, the second Flavia Albia novel or Falco reboot , Lindsey Davis seems to have found Flavia's voice. Albia attends Polycarpus' wake, and discovers that Polycarpus was loyal to his late master and former mistress Galla , which was reciprocated by the Aviola family. Two mysterious deaths at a local villa may be murder and, as the household slaves are implicated, Albia is once again forced to involve herself.
Archived from on 11 September 2012. He also mentions that when he was there, the house was unusually quiet and dark, in contrast to Fauna's deposition. She is sympathetic to the concerns of slaves. She has a singular knack of handling a large cast list with aplomb, and avoiding any confusion. This is the second book following Flavia Albia. The household slaves are left in danger of execution, just for failing to come to the aid of their master when he was attacked.
If, like me, you are a woman, keep clear of men you find attractive. We are treated to a full on Lindsey Davis investigation, full of beautifully written intrigue, twists, red herrings, and blind alleys. A spinster who lives on the sufferance of her relatives, she would certainly not presume to search the rooms of her host's son and his friend looking for evidence. She finds herself facing the difficulty of deciding which lives are important and when the camaraderie of the group can be trusted. When a couple is found dead in their own bedroom and their house burglarized, some of their household slaves know what is about to happen to them. Having taken a degree in English literature at Oxford University Lady Margaret Hall , she became a civil servant. Panther, the dog, was good too.
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. But the postmortem on the victim produces shocking results: Patrick Donovan's death was no accident. Even as the dust settles from her last case, Albia finds herself once again drawn into a web of lies and intrigue. At the same time, the narrative demands of the mystery mean that she can't be too sympathetic to the slaves, and that's where it starts to get dicey: Albia happily pals around with slave owners who complain about the bad attitude of a slave who was, as Albia admits, forced into her owner's bed probably at puberty, bore him as many as ten children, had all of the children taken from her and sold off, then was scheduled to be sold off herself when her owner remarried , and dislikes the slave herself, in part because she keeps making eyes at men. Because of this, Roman law decreed that if the head of a household was murdered at home, and the culprit wasn't quickly discovered, his slaves, all of them, guilty or not, were presumed responsible and were put to death. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.
Falco could easily dominate the story. He is an aedile, which is a bit like a sheriff, I suppose, in the Roman hier It was a mere moment to step back in time and gather myself into post-Falco mode after reading the 19th of his series. I enjoyed the scene where she sits with 3 other women drinking wine and sharing confidences which help her discover the criminal once she gets over being tipsy. Fighting with myself to decide if I should rate this a 3 or a 4. I mean, from page one they're operating at a disadvantage that makes it hard to view them critically, and the free Romans are working within a system that is horrifyingly unfair.
Flavia Albia is far from perfect, but she does have her own style and intelligence over-driven personality. Because of this, Roman law decreed that if the head of a household was murdered at home, and the culprit wasn't quickly discovered, his slaves, all of them, guilty or not, were presumed responsible and were put to death. Here the new series seems to have hit its stride. ReadingList2019 Audiobook 2 of 2019 done. This is where Flavia Albia comes in. The endless Roman historical facts seeping in throughout the novel fascinates me, and although crime novels are not exactly my type of books, I love how she makes the reader guess who the culprit is, right till the very end, making the novel a great page-turner.