The Ides of April (Flavia Albia Series #1)

The Ides of April (Flavia Albia Series #1)

by Lindsey Davis
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The Ides of April 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
reader53CD More than 1 year ago
I love the Falco series, and I always knew Albia would make a  great centerpiece for  Davis' work. You don't have to have read the original series Davis  makes connections seamlessly for new readers, but I imagine new readers will want to back-track and start with THE SILVER PIGS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book started slowly, with little of the snappy and witty dialogue Davis often has in the Falco series. Fans begin to wonder what happened to Falco and Helena, the heroine's parents. Not to fear! Flavia turns out to be a genuinely likeable heroine, and often stops by the family homestead for dinner and advice. Davis manages to build on the previous series in a satisfying way. The surprise twist at the end of this book makes you warm up to Flavia all the more. Can't wait for the next one!
glauver More than 1 year ago
Lindsey Davis wrote about 20 novels about first century Roman informer Marcus Didius Falco. I only read one or two. This book begins a new series about his daughter, Flavia Albia, who has followed in his sandal steps. Flavia is an interesting heroine, sort of Kinsey Milhone in Rome. I spotted the killer long before she did, but the background and characters kept me interested. I will try at least another one of the Albia adventures.
ComCop More than 1 year ago
This series is written in the style of Davis' Falco series. I loved the story and will continue to hope for more. I am a big fan of Davis and would also like to see some more Falco stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Falco books. Like this one too with a female lead.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently re-read Silver Pigs. It was a much more impressive beginning to a series. I think that part of the problem is the limits on what a Roman woman can do and say. Flavia Albia has to be a cerebral detective because her actions are severely limited and clues are limited in a pre-scientific society. I did not find the evidence or the red herrings particularly interesting or successful in building suspense. I think the author is still coping with those problems in developing the stories. I understand the desire to escape from all things Falco, but a little more involvement with Flavia's family would, I think, have helped this introduction to a new central character. I was unable to develop a strong interest in Flavia or her situation, in sharp contrast to Falco in Silver Pigs. This book is worth reading if you are a fan of the author, but I hope the next book in the series is better at engaging the reader's interest in the central character.
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Just_Me70 More than 1 year ago
When I discovered the Falco series my brother and I both fell in love with the tough-talking, disillusioned Philip Marlow of the Roman world.  We called him our favorite "gumsandal".  When Ms. Davis quit writing Falco stories we were saddened.  I was delighted to see The Ides of April, but skeptical about a young woman, even one as seasoned as Flavia Alba, being able to step into Falco's place in my heart.  I bought the book for Nook, just to test the waters and now I am purchasing it in hardback for my treasured Lindsey Davis collection. I guess that tells you that I really enjoyed the book.  I enjoyed the character development of Flavia Alba and her companions.  My misgivings about how a Roman woman could handle the "tough stuff" were laid to rest and, as always, her characters come across with personality and charm.  I gave this 4 stars, I was tempted to give 5, I liked the  book that well, but I want to see the next in the series and leave room for development. I have every faith in Ms. Davis and I'm settling in to enjoy her new protagonist.
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