Name of the book: The Ides of April (Flavia Albia Mystery #1)
Genre: Historical Mystery
Book publish year: 2013
Rating (out of 5): 4
Brief intro: First of a new series of crime novels set in Ancient Rome and featuring Flavia Albia, the adopted daughter of much-loved Marcus Didius Falco.
Based on real historical events: mysterious poisonings, in which victims died, often unaware they had been attacked. Albia is now 28 and an established female investigator. Her personal history and her British birth enable her to view Roman society and its traditions as a bemused outsider and also as a woman struggling for independence in a man’s world.
The first novel takes place on the plebeian Aventine Hill, with its mix of monumental temples, muddy back lanes and horrible snack bars. We meet Albia’s personal circle – some familiar, some new. We glimpse old haunts and hear of old friends, but the focus is on Albia herself, a tough, witty, winning personality who fearlessly tackles inhumanity and injustice, braving any risks and winning the friendship of unexpected allies.
Review: If you liked the Falco series, you can't miss this one. Refreshing approach and a glimpse of what have been happening to already know characters.
The 4th book will be published soon.
The books can be read as standalones, there is always enough information to follow what have been happening with the characters, but I would recommend to read them in order.