Enemies at Home: A Flavia Albia Novel

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Macmillan, Jul 15, 2014 - Fiction - 352 pages
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"There are rules for private informers accepting a new case. Never take on clients who cannot pay you. Never do favours for friends. Don't work with relatives. If, like me, you are a woman, keep clear of men you find attractive.

"Will I never learn?"

In Ancient Rome, the number of slaves was far greater than that of free citizens. As a result, often the people Romans feared most were the "enemies at home," the slaves under their own roofs. Because of this, Roman law decreed that if the head of a household was murdered at home, and the culprit wasn't quickly discovered, his slaves—all of them, guilty or not—were presumed responsible and were put to death. Without exception.

When a couple is found dead in their own bedroom and their house burglarized, some of their household slaves know what is about to happen to them. They flee to the Temple of Ceres, which by tradition is respected as a haven for refugees. This is where Flavia Albia comes in. The authorities, under pressure from all sides, need a solution. Albia, a private informer just like her father, Marcus Didius Falco, is asked to solve the murders, in this mystery from Lindsey Davis.

 

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User Review  - quiBee - LibraryThing

Murder and theft in Domitian's Rome. Obviously the slaves did it, but did they? Flavia Alba looks into the mystery and Davis does the job competently enough, but with so many echos of her parents, Falco and Helena, that it just made me them very much. A quick read. Read full review

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User Review  - TadAD - LibraryThing

I liked this second volume in Lindsey Davis' newer series about informers (private investigators) in ancient Rome slightly better than the first volume (last year's The Ides of April). One of the ... Read full review

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LINDSEY DAVIS is the author of The New York Times bestselling series of historical mysteries featuring Marcus Didius Falco. She lives in London.

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