From renowned author Lindsey Davis, creator of the much-loved character, Marcus Didius Falco and his friends and family, comes the second novel in her all-new series set in Ancient Rome.
We first met Flavia Albia, Falco's feisty adopted daughter, in The Ides of April. Albia is a remarkable woman in what is very much a man's world: Young, widowed and fiercely independent, she lives alone on the Aventine Hill in Rome and makes a good living as a hired investigator. An outsider in more ways than one, Albia has unique insight into life in ancient Rome, and she puts it to good use going places no man could go, and asking questions no man could ask.
Even as the dust settles from her last case, Albia finds herself once again drawn into a web of lies and intrigue. Two mysterious deaths at a local villa may be murder and, as the household slaves are implicated, Albia is once again forced to involve herself. Her fight is not just for truth and justice, however; this time, she's also battling for the very lives of people who can't fight for themselves.
Enemies at Home presents Ancient Rome as only Lindsey Davis can, offering wit, intrigue, action and the further adventures of a brilliant new heroine who promises to be as celebrated as Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina, her fictional predecessors.
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It's not at the very top of the list but I enjoyed listening to it, and I will probably listen to it again - so among the top 20
I like the character of Flavia Albia. I enjoyed the story, but at times I did find myself wondering 'Would this really have happened in Ancient Rome?" and that distracted from the story a bit
I thoroughly enjoyed Lucy Brown's reading - it made the book for me. I wasn't sure about the posh accent she gave to Flavia Alba, till I remembered that her mother is a senator's daughter. I thought she voiced the male characters well too.
No. I didn't find this story quite as convincing or as gripping as the first story or the Falco books. That didn't stop me enjoying it, and I will get the next in the series.
Better than the first book
- Mike Murphy