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The Grove of the Caesars

The Grove of the Caesars

The next gripping Ancient Roman mystery in the bestselling Flavia Albia series.

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?

Praise for Lindsey Davis and the Flavia Albia series

‘Lindsey Davis has seen off all her competitors to become the unassailable market leader in the ‘crime in Ancient Rome’ genre . . . Davis’s squalid, vibrant Rome is as pleasurable as ever’ – Guardian


‘Davis’s prose is a lively joy, and Flavia’s Rome is sinister and gloriously real’ – The Times on Sunday

‘For fans of crime fiction set in the ancient world, this one is not to be missed’ – Booklist

‘Davis’s books crackle with wit and knowledge . . . She has the happy knack of making the reader feel entirely immersed in Rome’ – The Times
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery / Historical Mysteries

On Sale: 2nd April 2020

Price: £20

ISBN-13: 9781529374254

Reviews

Lindsey Davis has seen off all her competitors to become the unassailable market leader in the 'crime in Ancient Rome' genre . . . Davis's squalid, vibrant Rome is as pleasurable as ever
Guardian
This excellent Roman mystery, enriched by Davis's characteristic wit and thorough understanding of the period, takes a darker turn as Flavia delves into Rome's poorest streets, rife with prostitution, exploitation, thuggery and murder
Sunday Express, S Magazine
Davis's prose is a lively joy, and Flavia's Rome is sinister and gloriously real
The Times on Saturday
For fans of crime fiction set in the ancient world, this one is not to be missed
Booklist
Praise for Lindsey Davis and the Flavia Albia series
:
Davis's books crackle with wit and knowledge. She has the happy knack of making the reader feel entirely immersed in Rome
The Times