Deadly Election

Deadly Election

Book - 2015
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In the first century A.D., during Domitian's reign, Flavia Albia is ready for a short break from her family. So despite the oppressive July heat, she returns to Rome, leaving them at their place on the coast. Albia, daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, the famed private informer (now retired), 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 that was 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 identify the corpse, find out why he was killed, who killed him, and, most important, how did it end up in the chest.

At the same time, her potential young man, Faustus, comes looking for help with his friend Sextus's political campaign. Between the auction business and Roman politics, it's not quite clear which one is the more underhanded and duplicitous. 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.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250063984
1250063981
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 309 pages : map ; 25 cm

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helen13
Aug 11, 2016

Very good, but with a few too many street directions for Imperial Rome. A good involved plot with the usual twists and surprises. Albia is a worthy successor to her father, Marcus Didius, and her rocky romance is very enjoyable. Very good read.

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merlinsilver
Mar 31, 2016

Terrific mystery !!! Keeps you guessing until the end with some interesting twists and turns. I really love all of the main characters and the theme of each story.

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jcamenga1
Feb 10, 2016

Flavia Albia is by all accounts a true outsider. She is a woman in a man’s profession (private informer). She is a former street urchin from a backwater province (Britannia) now working in the imperial capital of Rome. However she is the adopted daughter of the master himself, Marcus Didius Falco, now sensibly retired, so she has picked up some skills from him as well as having her own special tricks due to her gender and street survival skills. These will be helpful as she discovers a strongbox for sale in her family’s auction business has not one but twice produced a corpse. After twenty adventures with Falco, Lindsey Davis has given us a worthy successor with Falvia Albia in this her third outing

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jazpur
Jul 31, 2015

I am enjoying this series about Flavia Albia which is a follow-up to Lindsey Davis's first series about Marcus Didius Falco, Flavia's adoptive father.The machinations of Ancient Rome are well-integrated in the mysterious murder.

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andreareads
Jan 20, 2016

She had good bones. Her face could have been pretty, given a lighter expression. She glared at me, a cold-blooded soul, who was a punishment to herself. She had never had to suffer as I had, yet she would never be as carefree as I was. Perhaps she saw that. Perhaps that was what annoyed her.

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