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Capitol Death: A Flavia Albia Novel Hardcover – 30 July 2019
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- Publisher : Minotaur Books (30 July 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250152704
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250152701
- Dimensions : 15.98 x 2.79 x 23.98 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 897,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Remarkably fresh... Author Lindsey Davis (Pandora's Boy) balances grit and frivolity with ease. Flavia feels like the love child of Philip Marlowe and Carrie Bradshaw--she's on the case, observing and reporting with care, but keeps a running line of saucy commentary on everyone throughout. --BookpageDavis does her usual brilliant job of integrating the history of the period, warts and all... a fast-paced and fair whodunit. This entry reinforces her place at the top of the historical mystery pack. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) Delicious...Vivat Flavia! --Booklist (starred review) The abundant charm of the heroine and the heavily detailed historical background will hook readers and keep them hooked. --Kirkus Reviews
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At the beginning of the book you'll notice a well-drawn map of Rome, AD 89, with the Capitol, the Arx and the Tarpeian Rock, with a note concerning that same Tarpeian Rock.
Storytelling is of a very good quality, the figures featuring in this mystery come splendidly to life, and besides wonderful research by the author and great knowledge of Rome she certainly has, this story as a whole has been somewhat below standard, at least from what we are used to from this author, and its less flowing than its 6 predecessors.
The other 6 books were absolutely marvellous, but this one is somewhat below that same level, simply because there's too much addressing this mystery as a kind of a Rome travel-guide and that's slowing this mystery very much down in pace, and in my belief the fictional Flavia Albia deserves better treatment, although there have been also some witty and lovely domestic moments in this story.
The mystery is set in November, AD 89, on the verge of a double Triumph for Emperor Domitian, and our lead protagonist, female investigator in a man-ruled Rome, Flavia Albia, is once again called for help to conduct an inquiry into the death of Gabinus, which is quickly followed by the murder of Lemni.
And so Flavia Albia sets off in her pursuit to find the culprit(s) of these murders, and while being thwarted in every possible way by certain people, she'll find a kind of friend in Scorpus, the Chief of the 1st Cohort of the Vigiles.
What will follow is a somewhat , and I have to be honest, tame mystery with a weak plot, in which Flavia Albia will eventually discover the truth behind these domestic murders, and where she will be able to pinpoint the reasonably predictable culprit(s) of these horrible murders in the end.
Really recommended, although this is not the best one in this great series, it is certainly worth a read, and that's why I call this episode: "A Satisfactory Capitol Murder Case"!