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From the creator of Falco comes Falco: the new generation, featuring her unforgettable heroine, Flavia Albia, in her third novel.
In the blazing July heat of imperial Rome, Flavia Albia inspects a decomposing corpse. It has been discovered in lots to be auctioned by her family business, so she's determined to identify the dead man and learn how he met his gruesome end.
The investigation will give her a chance to work with the magistrate, Manlius Faustus, the friend she sadly knows to be the last chaste man in Rome. But he's got concerns other than her anonymous corpse. It's election time, and with democracy for sale at Domitian's court, tension has come to a head. Faustus is acting as an agent for a "good husband and father" whose traditional family values are being called into question. Even more disreputable are his rivals, whom Faustus wants Albia to discredit.
As Albia's and Faustus' professional and personal partnership deepens, they have to accept that for others, obsession can turn sour and become a deadly strain that leads, tragically, to murder.
©2015 Lindsey Davis (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
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By njilla on 12-11-15

Lindsey Davis back on top form

As Falco fans, it's taken a while to bond with Flavia Albia. This is the first audio book we've listened to. Hearing Flavia's "voice " has made her real. The story was gripping and we engaged with the characters. Jane Collingwood's female voices hit the mark, but the male voices didn't really work. Petronius sounded WRONG .

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By P. F. Sheaves on 04-19-15

The characters in these books are like members of

I loved the Falco books, and the Albia books are just as wonderful although quite different in tone. The strong stories are matched with strong characters. They are so familiar, it's like catching up with family. My only quibble is the narrator made Petro sound like a pompous old fox-hunting fool.

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By catriona on 11-16-15

Please bring back Lucy Brown

Since these books are written in the first person the choice of narrator is especially important. I had really got used to the previous narrator, who voiced Flavia Albia with a wry humour and played the other parts very well. While I still enjoyed the narrative, it was harder to connect with this narrator and her male voices, in particular, were unconvincing.

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