The Ides of April: A Flavia Albia Mystery (Flavia Albia Series)

By Lindsey Davis

Falco: the subsequent Generation––Flavia Albia has taken up her father's career. in basic terms, now Rome is a extra risky, mercurial position than it was once again in expensive outdated dad's day . . .

Flavia Albia is the followed daughter of Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina. From her mom, she discovered tips to combination in in any respect degrees of society; from her father, she discovered the tips in their mutual specialist exchange. yet her wits and (frequently) sharp tongue are hers by myself.

Now, operating as a personal informer in Rome throughout the reign of Domitian, Flavia has taken over her father's outdated ramshackle digs at Fountain courtroom within the Surbura district, the place she plies her exchange with strength, choice, and the standard Falco good fortune. lately employed to assist examine a deadly coincidence, she reveals herself caught with a really lousy individual for a shopper and dealing with a well-heeled, well-connected opponent.

That is, till her purchaser suddenly dies below what will be known as "suspicious circumstances." whereas this isn't a tremendous loss for society, it's a loss for Flavia Albia's pocket. Even worse, it really is only one of a chain of comparable deaths for which she now unearths herself below suspicion. sooner than issues cross from abysmal to worse, Flavia needs to deal with what's taking place, and who's liable, in Lindsey Davis' The Ides of April.

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Occasionally that's the point—telling your consumer that they don't have to fear. sometimes, whilst it’s most sensible to guard them from the awkward fact, you should say that every little thing is okay although you will have proved their suspicions are well-founded—but i didn't count on that to be the outcome right here. *   *   * I rechecked the corpse, this time with the stepson status beside me so i may indicate its unhappy normality to him. He sniffed, unconvinced. I then spent a number of hours retracing Salvidia’s activities previous that day. I interviewed the maid and some different loved ones employees whom Nepos winkled out of again rooms for me. I ascertained that their mistress had proven no indicators of being suicidal. I talked to the workmen on the backyard. They stated she used to be certainly packed with plans, relaxing plans to do consumers out of cash. The maid then escorted me around all of the marketplace stalls the place Salvidia habitually acquired provisions; we pointed out these the place she were that morning, matching the produce that also lay in her procuring baskets. not anyone within the markets informed me whatever strange. I contemplated reason. feel Nepos was once correct. Unnatural dying has a reason, which lets no longer determine right here, and it has a offender. If the girl quite were despatched on her approach intentionally, who would need to do it? the image that emerged matched my very own prior event of Salvidia; she was once an ill-natured personality you wouldn’t proportion a fish supper with but, in spite of everything, she have been a businesswoman so it was once by no means in her pursuits to fall out with humans thoroughly. She ordered her condo slaves approximately, yet now not unbearably; she rampaged round the backyard, however the employees have been used to it; she allow down buyers virtually on precept, yet they infrequently stricken to whinge. That used to be the restrict of her aggression. while she handled me she had had a testy angle, yet no longer so undesirable that I refused her case. I had made up our minds i'll paintings together with her. So whilst I now requested the standard question—did she have any enemies? —the solution used to be, no longer relatively. Rome was once full of ladies who have been simply as unlikeable. I mentioned to Nepos that the only one that benefited from Salvidia’s loss of life used to be him: he inherited. We agreed that if he had accomplished her off in a few undetectable means, it'd be very silly of him to attract awareness to it. If he had, hiring me can be a smokescreen. yet except another individual had turn into suspicious of the loss of life, there has been little need in any respect for him to set the wooden smouldering. I made yes we thought of the relations of the youngster, Lucius Bassus. Salvidia’s drunken driving force and overloaded cart had killed the kid. however, she had overtly attempted to prevent paying repayment. That intended the bereaved mom and dad may harbour genuine loathing of her. yet they stood to achieve a large number of money soon—because, being real looking, they'd an unbeatable declare for negligence which my most sensible efforts do not need thwarted. It was once of their curiosity to maintain her alive, so she may perhaps pay. besides, I went and observed them. all of them had alibis. Reluctantly, Nepos approved that no misadventure was once indicated.

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