In the first century AD, 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, daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, who is 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 of 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 suitor, Faustus, comes looking for help with his friend Sextus' political campaign. Between the auction business and Roman politics, it's not quite clear which is more underhanded. 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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To many characters
I like the books by Lindsey Davis, and Flavia Albia is a likeable character. But there is a problem in this audio book that may not apply to the print version. There a large number of characters with similar names, whose family and political relationships are very important to the story. While the print versions of other Davis books I have read have a witty cast of characters list at the front that helps keep the characters straight, I kept getting lost in the audio version as to who is who, and had no way to review or look them up. There are just too many Julias!
The narrator accent was too stuffy or high class. Unfortunately the joy and fun of the snarky monologue was lost due to the lack of tonal inflections.
thought the book was good and in the same sarcastic fun of the Falco series which is a treat to listen too.