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The Third Nero

19 Jul

“The Third Nero” by Lindsey Davis is set shortly after the events of “The Graveyard of the Hesperides”, Flavia is dealing with the fall out from the wedding and a plot upon the Palantine. As the book’s title suggests, someone is posing as Nero…again. But this one is a little more serious. This one holds a traitor at the heart of Domitian’s bureacracy.

“The Third Nero” fairly bounces along. As per usual some of Flavia Albia’s family make an appearance. In this case her cousins Marcia Didiia, and Marius. Also making an appearance is the exotic dancer/assassin Perella.

A nicely plotted little yarn which is vintage Lindsey Davis.

Highly recommended.

Deadly Election

11 Jan

I tried the Flavia Alba books by Lindsey Davis when the first one was released, and couldn’t get in to them.  Couldn’t make the adjustment from Falco to his adopted daughter Flavia being the main character.

After seeing the reviews of “Deadly Election” by a few friends on Good Reads, I decided to give it a go.

I’m glad I did.  I’ve been long enough away from Lindsey’s work that it was easier to accept Flavia Alba and not judge her by Falco.

In this book Flavia is helping with finding out scuttlebutt for electioneering purposes, when a rotting corpse turns up in a chest being auctioned at the family auction house.  Naturally, Flavia investigates.

The book has the same slightly hard boiled edge that the Falco books had.

Well plotted, well written, and very enjoyable.

Highly recommended.

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