A Capitol Death

A Capitol Death

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"A tragic accident . . . or was it? Emperor Domitian has been awarded (or rather, has demanded) yet another Triumph to celebrate two so-called victories. Preparations are going smoothly until one of the men overseeing arrangements for the celebration accidentally falls to his death from a cliff on the symbolic Capitoline Hill. But an old woman comes forward, insisting that the man was in fact pushed - and she refuses to leave it alone. Tiberius is soon dragged in to find out what really happened, and swiftly passes the job to Flavia Albia. Flavia suspects there's more to the incident than meets the eye, as there are plenty of people who would have been delighted to be rid of the overseer. He was an abusive swine who couldn't organise a booze-up in a winery and was caught up in a number of scams, including one surrounding the supply of imperial purple dye and a family of shellfish-boilers. As Flavia finds herself drawn into a theatrical world of carnival floats, musicians, incense and sacrificial beasts, can she see to the heart of the matter and catch those responsible for the unpopular man's untimely death?"--Publisher's description.
Copyright Date: London :, Hodder & Stoughton,, 2019.
ISBN: 9781473658745
1473658748
Branch Call Number: FIC DAVIS
Characteristics: 383 pages : map ; 24 cm.

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Jan 09, 2020

I found Lindsay Davis' original hero, Falco, more engaging and amusing than his obstreperous daughter. The quips exchanged by the characters have become faded and facile, and the stroppy Albia is hard to warm to.

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