A Comedy of Terrors - Flavia Albia (Hardback)
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A Comedy of Terrors - Flavia Albia (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 01/04/2021
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Davis’s witty and consistently satisfying period crime series tackles the Roman festival of Saturnalia, as Flavia Albia and her magistrate husband Tiberius must avert a mysterious threat under cover of the revels.

Saturnalia, the Romans' mid-December feast, nominally to celebrate the sun's rebirth but invariably a drunken riot. Flavia Albia needs a case to investigate, but all work is paused.

The Aventine is full of fracturing families. Wives plot to leave their husbands, husbands plot to spend more time with their mistresses. Masters must endure slaves taking obscene liberties, while aggressive slaves are learning to ape dangerous masters. But no one wants to hire an investigator during the holiday.

Albia is lumped with her own domestic stress: overexcited children and bilious guests, too many practical jokes, and her magistrate husband Tiberius preoccupied with local strife. He fears a Nut War. Nuts are both the snack and missile of choice of tipsy celebrants, so there is a fortune to be made. This year a hustling gang from the past is horning in on the action.

As the deadly menace strikes even close to home, and with law and order paused for partying, Albia and Tiberius must go it alone. The Emperor has promised the people a spectacular entertainment - but Domitian himself is a target for the old criminals' new schemes. Can the Undying Sun survive the winter solstice, or will criminal darkness descend upon Rome?

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529374292
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 40 mm

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“Saturnalia shenanigans!”

Read all the Falco books and enjoyed them but never really started on these. 'Such fun', as Miranda's mother would say. Combines all my reading pleasures, ancient Rome, murder and detective work.... More

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“Great Roman page turner”

Flavia Albia is wife to local magistrate Tiberius but a private investigator in her own right. The Roman feast of Saturnalia is in full flow and this story delves into the many practices that occur in full glory.... More

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“Entertaining Mystery”

Rome A.D. 89 December. Festival of Saturnalia, the time to play pranks. Husband Tiberius is investigating gangsters involved in a nut war, but this also involves loan sharks. Meanwhile Flavia is helping a wife leave... More

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