REVIEW of The Ides of April, by Lindsey Davis

Ides of AprilIf you’ve followed this blog, you’ll know that I read (and reviewed) all twenty novels in Lindsey Davis’ Marcus Didius Falco series. I was seriously bummed that Nemesis was the last one, and I may have even named my third child Marcus after Falco….

Imagine my delight at discovering that she has written a spin-off serious starring Flavia Albia, Falco’s adopted daughter. Like her father, Albia has set up shop as an investigator in Imperial Rome. And like her father, she has an aristocratic love interest to go sleuthing with. I thought The Ides of April did a good job introducing the new characters, although as mysteries go, it was fairly predictable. The next two books in the series, Enemies at Home and Deadly Election, were much stronger novels, and while Albia will never replace Marcus Didius Falco, she is still a memorable heroine and detective of the first order.

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