Falco: the new generation - Introducing Flavia Albia. Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of a famous investigating family. In defiance of tradition, she lives alone on the colourful Aventine Hill, and battles out a solo career in a male-dominated world. As a woman and an outsider, Albia has special insight into the best, and worst, of life in ancient Rome.
A female client dies in mysterious circumstances. Albia investigates and discovers there have been many other strange deaths all over the city, yet she is warned off by the authorities. The vigils are incompetent. The local magistrate is otherwise engaged, organising the Games of Ceres, notorious for its ancient fox-burning ritual.
Even Albia herself is preoccupied with a new love affair: Andronicus, an attractive archivist, offers all that a love-starved young widow can want, even though she knows better than to take him home to meet the parents...As the festival progresses, her neighbourhood descends into mayhem and becomes the heartless killer's territory. While Albia and her allies search for him, he stalks them through familiar byways and brings murder ever closer to home.
The Ides of April is vintage Lindsey Davis, offering wit, intrigue, action and a brilliant new heroine who promises to be as celebrated as Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina, her fictional predecessors.
©2013 Lindsey Davis (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
"Davis's descriptions of Rome are vivid and lively...this is a great yarn" (Daily Mail)
'While this book is a departure from her usual Falco novels, the trademark charm, piercing intelligence and ready wit are as abundant as ever... dramatic and enthralling, all the more so for being full of historical fact. The characters are intriguing and three-dimensional, and the whole is told with a humour and insight which means the reader will find the book impossible to put down." (www.thebookbag.co.uk)
The lead character is dumb. She couldn't think her way out of a paper bag. The climax of the story made no sense. I have read some of this authors Falco mysteries and they are much better than this one.
A vulgar and irritating 'heroine' who really drove me to distraction.
I felt that the only relationship to Ancient Rome was perhaps some of the characters' names, and the street names. the behaviour did not seem accurate, and the awful Flavia Albia was unspeakably awful.
Only made it to chapter 18 before I really could not take any more.
"Following in the parental footsteps"
O.K., she is not Falco but still a good listen. Following in her adoptive father's footsteps as an informer/private investigator is, perhaps, a curious occupation for a Roman matron and not without it's own difficulties. But Flavia Albia has always been a feisty persona!city and manages to get involved in as much trouble as had her now retired dad before her. The story was somewhat predictable but still an exciting romp through the streets of ancient Rome.
The reader is impeccable, becoming the voice of this lively, well brought up young lady as she recounts the whirlwind romance and more protracted murder investigation to perfection. Well worth a listen.
But I do miss Falcon.
"Not as good as the dramatised Falco series"
This is a good story, moves along at a pace. I had worked out 'whodunnit' early on though. And I think I have been spoiled into expecting the quality of an Anton Lesser performance. Having said that, I did enjoy listening and I would consider buying the next book in the series.
"I'm hoping for more."
This was well read and I didn't even guess until the very end. Just wished it had ended in romance.
"Interesting but predictable"
Nice enough story with enough twists to listen out till the end. But ultimately predictable outcome both of who the protagonist is and the ID of one of the other main characters
Don't think about it too hard otherwise you will reveal glaring holes in the substance of the plot.
"the Ides of April"
really enjoyed this story. I read a number the Lindsey Davis's other books and this one matched up well. the author is great at capturing the atmoasphere of ancient Rome and the mystery although a little predictable was very enjoyable. great naration from Lucy Brown.
Good story but the narrator was too posh and made it all a little unbelievable .Overall though I enjoyed it and will probably get the next one.
The story was just slow from the start and there was nothing to keep me interested.
"Falco she aint"
I was so looking forward to listening to this but what a disappointment. The readers voice was bland and despite several attempts to stick with it I had to give up.
The readers voice.
Not for me.
"New Generation Falco OMG"
This New Generation book of Falco seems to read like a girls/women own annual with some rude words n' phrases thrown in. Then gets lost in nonsensical feminine attractions/infatuation with Foxes, who've moved into the Roman metropolis to scavenge along with the other smaller rodents inherent in any densely populated ancient city, adding to disease spreading dangers of the day.
While Lindsey has never been a latter-day Agatha Christie, she has, like Conan Doyle
had the right genre and knowledge for success + the benefit of the right Narrator and
the best BBC RADIO actors to help.
Though I'm sad and dismayed to say it, with this one, she seems to have her slip showing, if not her skirt tucked in the wrong place.
Although there maybe some female fans may enjoy it, I could not bring myself, after 2/3
of the way through, to finish it
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