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Publisher's Summary

Intrigue - and possibly treason - swirl around the hall of power in Rome when yet another Nero pretender emerges to challenge the Emperor.

In AD 90, following the Saturninus revolt in Germany, the emperor Domitian has become more paranoid about traitors and dissenters around him. This leads to several senators and even provincial governors facing charges and being executed for supposed crimes of conspiracy and insulting the emperor. Wanting to root out all the supports of Saturninus from the Senate, one of Domitian's men offers to hire Flavia Alba to do some intelligence work.

Flavia Alba, daughter and chip off the old block of Marcus Didius Falco, would rather avoid any and all court intrigue, thank you very much. But she's in a bit of a bind. Her wedding is fast approaching, her fiancé is still recovering - slowly - from being hit by a lightning bolt, and she's the sole support of their household. So with more than a few reservations, she agrees to "investigate".

Adding to the confusion is yet another Nero pretender who has shown up in Parthia and is trying to rally support for his claim for the throne. With intrigue upon intrigue swirling around the capital city, it's up to Albia to uncover what is - and isn't - the real threat.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Lindsey Davis

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Flavia sounds like herself

After complaining about the narrator for the previous book, I was pleased to see someone did this reading. Lucy Brown, to me at least, made Flavia’s inner monologues sound believable. The interplay between Flavia and Faustus continues to grow and add a thread to the plot.

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Another complex caper in ancient Rome

I really enjoy these stories as much as I ever enjoyed their predecessors, the Falco series. I will say this: they’re not the easiest to listen to, or perhaps it’s just me. They are extremely complicated and the Roman names might be better kept straight on the printed page rather than listened to, or, as I said, perhaps that’s just me. Nevertheless it’s a worthwhile listen.

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Little thing, huge distraction

I enjoyed the book, happy the author stopped making Flavia Alba *giggle* in every other chapter. The narrator was good but… I don’t know if it was something about the recording or if she was actually chewing gum through the whole thing, but whatever that masticating noise happened to be, it was extremely distracting. I can’t put gum chewing and Ancient Rome together in my head.

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Hard to listen to.

While the narrator has a fine accent, the recording is rife with “mouth sounds” that are so irritating it makes listening unpleasant.

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Albia hits her stride here.

I've felt that the Albia character has been awkward, not fully confident and not quite her own person until this book.

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I like this series but prefer the original.

I like this series but I think the reason I prefer the older series is actually the side characters. Helena was a much better foil than the protagonists husband, I liked Falco's friend in the city guards, and while the protagonist is not entirely alone she feels somewhat more withdrawn to me.

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Slow and boring

I have really liked all the other books in this series. But this one really missed the mark. It dragged in and on with very little to keep it interesting.