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A Capitol Death

Flavia Albia, Book 7
Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
Series: Flavia Albia Mystery Series, Book 7
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The next book in the gripping Flavia Albia series, by acclaimed author Lindsey Davis. 

A tragic accident...or was it? 

Emperor Domitian has been awarded (or rather, has demanded) yet another Triumph to celebrate two so-called victories. Preparations are going smoothly until one of the men overseeing arrangements for the celebration accidentally falls to his death from a cliff on the symbolic Capitoline Hill. 

But an old woman comes forward, insisting that the man was in fact pushed - and she refuses to leave it alone. Tiberius is soon dragged in to find out what really happened and swiftly passes the job to Flavia Albia. 

Flavia suspects there's more to the incident than meets the eye, as there are plenty of people who would have been delighted to be rid of the overseer. He was an abusive swine who couldn't organise a booze-up in a winery and was caught up in a number of scams, including one surrounding the supply of imperial purple dye and a family of shellfish-boilers. 

As Flavia finds herself drawn into a theatrical world of carnival floats, musicians, incense and sacrificial beasts, can she see to the heart of the matter and catch those responsible for the unpopular man's untimely death? 

©2019 Lindsey Davis (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for Lindsey Davis and the Flavia Albia series: "Lindsey Davis has seen off all her competitors to become the unassailable market leader in the 'crime in Ancient Rome' genre... Davis's squalid, vibrant Rome is as pleasurable as ever." (The Guardian)

"Davis's prose is a lively joy, and Flavia's Rome is sinister and gloriously real." (The Times on Sunday)

"For fans of crime fiction set in the ancient world, this one is not to be missed." (Booklist)

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  • P M Kitchen
  • 04-14-19

Excellent story well told and read

I have enjoyed the Falco stories from the first. The second generation stories are just as enjoyable as the first. The minutiae of Roman life is fascinating.

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  • Mrs. Y. Kennedy
  • 04-10-19

Amazing

Funny, witty and full of action, truly enjoyable.

Another triumph for the wonderful Lindsey Davis!

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  • Ron
  • 04-05-19

Excellent, welcom back Flavia

Well seven books in to the series and we are on an upward trajectory in quality from Lindsey Davis, the handover from Falco has been long forgotten (who?). This is another cracking Roman whodunit. Narration is good from Jane

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  • Amazoniac
  • 09-08-19

Such a disappointment

I have been a huge fan of Lindsey Davis since I read the Silver Pigs.
The Flavia stories have had far less interest for me, and they seem to be far more flippant and tedious than I ever remember the Falco stories.
Sorry, but I don’t think I will be reading any more.
I struggled to finish this one, and found the ending to be a complete cop out.

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  • C and J
  • 09-08-19

Thoroughly enjoyable

I love Flavia Albia books! This one is as good as the others. Fingers crossed there are more to come.

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  • The Curator
  • 05-08-19

Why am I even listening to this?

I didn’t realise that this was no7 in the series. To be honest I can’t remember what happened in any of the previous 6. Maybe I’ll remember not to buy the next one!

Anyway, This one; by the end I couldn’t have cared less who killed whom. The narrator was girly and lispy which makes the main character sound wet. I realise her fictional parents are adoptive but they’ve more spirit in a toe bone than Albia in this rendition. The men sound 90 years old so it’s impossible to understand what’s so attractive about the husband who never does much until she needs rescuing. And finally, and for this perhaps we should blame the editors not the narrator, the disgusting throat sounds! Does no one bother to listen back before audiobooks are released?

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  • Rufus
  • 04-25-19

An worthy addition to the Flavia Albia adventures

A worthy addition to the Flavia Albia Series. I'd recommend it to anyone. Thinking of getting it.

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  • Sara K. Coleman
  • 04-19-19

Great story, mixed quality of reading

Why does Flavia Albia, a character I love, have a cut glass accent as an intelligent person, and the young witness, who's regarded as a little stupid, have a Northern accent?

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 05-26-19

A capital performance

A long awaited next chapter falling straight back into another case among familiar. It seemed a long wait to the release of this book and it picks up this next chapter of the series seamlessly.