Flavia Albia

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 931 ratings

The Ides of April Summary

Falco: the new generation - Introducing Flavia Albia. Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of a famous investigating family. In defiance of tradition, she lives alone on the colourful Aventine Hill, and battles out a solo career in a male-dominated world. As a woman and an outsider, Albia has special insight into the best, and worst, of life in ancient Rome.

A female client dies in mysterious circumstances. Albia investigates and discovers there have been many other strange deaths all over the city, yet she is warned off by the authorities. The vigils are incompetent. The local magistrate is otherwise engaged, organising the Games of Ceres, notorious for its ancient fox-burning ritual.

Even Albia herself is preoccupied with a new love affair: Andronicus, an attractive archivist, offers all that a love-starved young widow can want, even though she knows better than to take him home to meet the parents...As the festival progresses, her neighbourhood descends into mayhem and becomes the heartless killer's territory. While Albia and her allies search for him, he stalks them through familiar byways and brings murder ever closer to home.

The Ides of April is vintage Lindsey Davis, offering wit, intrigue, action and a brilliant new heroine who promises to be as celebrated as Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina, her fictional predecessors.

©2013 Lindsey Davis (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
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  • Book 1

    • The Ides of April

    • Falco: The New Generation (Flavia Albia, Book 1)
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Lucy Brown
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 280
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 251
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 248

    Falco: the new generation - Introducing Flavia Albia.Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of a famous investigating family. In defiance of tradition, she lives alone on the colourful Aventine Hill, and battles out a solo career in a male-dominated world. As a woman and an outsider, Albia has special insight into the best, and worst, of life in ancient Rome.A female client dies in mysterious circumstances. Albia investigates and discovers there have been many other strange deaths all over the city, yet she is warned off by the authorities.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Slightly rocky start to "Falco - the daughter"

    • By Mike on 05-11-13

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 2

    • Enemies at Home

    • Flavia Albia Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Lucy Brown
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Better than the first book

    • By Mike on 18-11-15

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 2.5

    • The Spook Who Spoke Again

    • A Flavia Albia Short Story
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Marcus Didius Alexander Postumus is a special boy. He is 12 or perhaps 11. He has two mothers and various possible fathers, so he worries who will take care of him. He is self-confident yet vulnerable, intelligent yet sinister. He knows not many people like him. When his birth mother, Thalia the snake-dancer, takes him to live with her troupe of exotic performers, Postumus sees it as useful experience even though it involves him mucking out menagerie cages. No one anticipates how much havoc he will wreak.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Precocious Postumus!

    • By Christine on 07-04-16

    Regular price: £4.99

  • Book 3

    • Deadly Election

    • Falco: The New Generation (Flavia Albia, Book 3)
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140

    From the creator of Falco comes Falco: The New Generation, featuring her unforgettable heroine, Flavia Albia, in her third novel. In the blazing July heat of imperial Rome, Flavia Albia inspects a decomposing corpse. It has been discovered in lots to be auctioned by her family business, so she's determined to identify the dead man and learn how he met his gruesome end. The investigation will give her a chance to work with the magistrate, Manlius Faustus, the friend she sadly knows to be the last chaste man in Rome.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The characters in these books are like members of

    • By P. F. Sheaves on 19-04-15

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 4

    • The Graveyard of the Hesperides

    • Falco: The New Generation (Flavia Albia, Book 4)
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Sarah Feathers
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120

    From the creator of Falco comes Falco: the new generation, featuring her unforgettable heroine Flavia Albia in her fourth novel. Life is sweet for Flavia Albia and her soon-to-be husband Faustus. But his new job as a building contractor runs into a problem: At the Garden of the Hesperides a barmaid went missing years before; now the workmen start unearthing her bones. Albia takes on the task of finding out what happened.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Why change narrator!!! The latest is awful

    • By Puri on 16-04-16

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 5

    • The Third Nero

    • Flavia Albia, Book 5 (Falco: The New Generation)
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Lucy Brown
    • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    Flavia Albia's day-old marriage is in trouble - her new husband may be permanently disabled, and they have no funds. So when Palace officials ask her to help expose a plotter in their midst, she is obliged to accept their commission. The plot could not be bigger. Ever since he died in AD 68, apparently by his own hand, Rome has been haunted by reports that Emperor Nero is in fact very much alive and about to return to claim his throne.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I miss the falcon humour

    • By Miss A. on 04-06-17
    • Flavia Albia, Book 5 (Falco: The New Generation)
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Lucy Brown
    • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
    • Release date: 06-04-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 86 ratings

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 6

    • Pandora's Boy

    • Flavia Albia, Book 6 (Falco: The New Generation)
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    Flavia Albia is a private investigator, always drawn to an intriguing puzzle - even if it is put to her by her new husband's hostile ex-wife. On the Quirinal Hill, Clodia Volumnia, a very young girl with stars in her eyes, has died, amid suggestions that she was poisoned by a love potion. It will have been supplied by a local witch, who goes by the name of Pandora, though Albia learns that Pandora carries on a trade in herbal beauty products while hiding much more dangerous connections.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well read and touching mystery

    • By L Weale on 09-06-18

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 7

    • A Capitol Death

    • Flavia Albia, Book 7
    • By: Lindsey Davis
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    The next book in the gripping Flavia Albia series, by acclaimed author Lindsey Davis. 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. 

    Regular price: £19.99