Deadly election

Lindsey Davis

Book - 2015

"In the first century A.D., during Domitian's reign, Flavia Albia is ready for a short break from her family. So, in July, she returns to Rome, leaving them at their place on the coast. Albia, the daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, now retired as private informer, has taken up her father's former profession and it's time to get back to work. The first order business, however, is the corpse found in a chest sent as part of a large lot to be sold by the Falco family auction house.... As the senior family representative in Rome, it falls upon Albia to find out who, why, and by whom. At the same time, her potential young man, Faustus, comes looking for help with his friend Sextus's political campaign. Between the auction business and Roman politics, it's not quite clear which one is the more under-handed and duplicitous. Both, however, are tied together by the mysterious body in the chest, and if Albia isn't able to solve that mystery, it won't be the only body to drop"--

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Series
Flavia Albia series ; 3
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Published
New York : Minotaur Books 2015.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
309 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250063984
1250063981
Main Author
Lindsey Davis (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Flavia Albia, daughter of Roman investigator Marcus Didius Falco (star of Davis' long-running mystery series), continues to build her reputation as an investigator in her own right. This time, a suitor asks for Flavia's help with his friend's political campaign, but Flavia has a more pressing problem: How did a dead body turn up inside a piece of furniture? As it turns out, the body in the furniture actually connects to her friend's friend's political aspirations. Cynics might say that Davis realized ol' Marcus was getting too long in the tooth to keep solving crimes, but that she didn't want to stop writing about ancient Rome, so, presto, she created a younger, female version of her hero. But that's a bit too slick. Flavia isn't a Marcus clone; she shares some of her father's traits (especially his ingratiating sense of humor and his persistence in the face of overwhelming odds), but she's her own person and quite an interesting one, too. Whether you call this a new series or an extension of the Falco series, it's a fine book, either way. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In her third outing (after The Ides of April and Enemies at Home), private informer Flavia Albia, the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, gets immersed in the dangerous world of Roman politics during the reign of Domitian. First, her father's auction business discovers a corpse inside a strongbox set to be sold. Soon after, Manlius Faustus, her potential love interest and frequent investigative partner, asks her to dig up dirt on the competitors of his friend Sextus, who is running for aedile. What initially seems to be two unrelated events quickly become intertwined and seemingly benign candidates begin to reveal sinister motivations. As always, Davis vividly paints an ancient Rome full of grandiose architecture and ominous dark alleyways in the sweltering summer heat. Her characters are equally well designed, with distinct personalities that complement the winding mystery. VERDICT As Albia evolves with each new installment, Davis steps closer to achieving the success of the "Marcus Falco" mysteries. While touching on mature subjects this title does so without being crude. Appropriate for teens and anyone interested in historicals set in antiquity. [Library marketing.]—Matt Schirano, Magnus Wahlstrom Lib., Bridgeport, CT [Page 79]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

It's 89 C.E., and Rome is under the heel of the tyrannical emperor Domitian in Davis's entertaining third whodunit featuring informer Flavia Albia (after 2014's Enemies at Home). The discovery of an unidentified male corpse inside an armored chest, which Flavia's family was putting up for auction, launches her on a murder investigation. Since the chest was untouched in a warehouse for a decade, Flavia speculates that the killer hoped the body would be completely unrecognizable by the time it was found. As she conducts her probe, she also accepts an assignment to check out the opponents of Vibius Marinus, a candidate in the looming municipal elections. Davis lets the action drift at times and gives too much attention to a romantic subplot, but she does her usual smooth job of educating readers with historical tidbits (e.g., explaining that the word candidate derives from the word white, because those seeking elected office wore robes whitened with chalk). (July) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Returning to Rome to continue her father's work, Flavia Albia investigates the discovery of a body in a chest slated to be sold at auction at the same time her would-be suitor, Faustus, asks for help with a friend's political campaign. By the best-selling author of the Marcus Didius Falco series.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"In the first century A.D., during Domitian's reign, Flavia Albia is ready for a short break from her family. So, in July, she returns to Rome, leaving them at their place on the coast. Albia, the daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, now retired as private informer, has taken up her father's former profession and it's time to get back to work. The first order business, however, is the corpse found in a chest sent as part of a large lot to be sold by the Falco family auction house. As the senior family representative in Rome, it falls upon Albia to find out who, why, and by whom. At the same time, her potential young man, Faustus, comes looking for help with his friend Sextus's political campaign. Between the auction business and Roman politics, it's not quite clear which one is the more under-handed and duplicitous. Both, however, are tied together by the mysterious body in the chest, and if Albia isn't able to solve that mystery, it won't be the only body to drop"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Returning to Rome to continue her father's work, Flavia Albia investigates the discovery of a body in a chest slated to be sold at auction at the same time her would-be suitor, Faustus, asks for help with a friend's political campaign.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In the first century A.D., during Domitian's reign, Flavia Albia is ready for a short break from her family. So despite the oppressive July heat, she returns to Rome, leaving them at their place on the coast. Albia, daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, the famed private informer (now retired), has taken up her father's former profession, and it's time to get back to work. The first order of business, however, is the corpse that was found in a chest sent as part of a large lot to be sold by the Falco family auction house. As the senior family representative in Rome, it falls upon Albia to identify the corpse, find out why he was killed, who killed him, and, most important, how did it end up in the chest. At the same time, her potential young man, Faustus, comes looking for help with his friend Sextus's political campaign. Between the auction business and Roman politics, it's not quite clear which one is the more underhanded and duplicitous. Both, however, are tied together by the mysterious body in the chest, and if Albia isn't able to solve that mystery, it won't be the only body to drop.