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The Grove of the Caesars

Flavia Albia, Book 8
Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
Series: Flavia Albia Mystery Series, Book 8
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

Julius Caesar left his gardens to the citizens of Rome, a peaceful sanctuary across the Tiber. Now the gardens and their sacred grove are dangerous haunts, especially for women alone.  

'Don't go to the Grove,' people mutter, but when her husband has to leave Rome, it falls to Albia to supervise his building project in an old grotto. Why has someone buried tattered scrolls by obscure philosophers - and does it involve a worse crime than terrible writing?  

Soon that puzzle is overtaken. A woman disappears from her husband's birthday party; she meets a dire fate, then Albia learns that on the same night, two louche slaves given to her family by the brooding Emperor Domitian also vanished in the gardens.

Apparently, it is well known that a killer lurks there. The vigiles have failed to investigate properly for decades and this won't improve when the sinister agent Karus arrives. Albia must co-operate, in order to give the many victims justice and find answers for grieving relatives. But can she herself remain safe? And, after others have failed, can she at last identify the predator who has made the Grove his killing ground?

©2020 Lindsey Davis (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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When I read the first two books in this series I missed Flavia Albia’s father Falco but now I love this series not because it is an offshoot of that series but because it is good in its own right. I am enjoying the character development and the stories are always quite gripping. There is a fine line in sarcastic humour and also I am enjoying a portrayal of an independent minded working woman who just happens to be married. Great books. I am looking forward to the next one!