By Lindsey Davis
Flavia Albia is a personal investigator, regularly attracted to an exciting puzzle - whether it's positioned to her by means of her new husband's adverse ex-wife. at the Quirinal Hill, Clodia Volumnia, a truly younger lady with stars in her eyes, has died, amid feedback that she used to be poisoned by means of a love-potion. it is going to were provided by way of a neighborhood witch, who is going by means of the identify of Pandora, even though Albia learns that Pandora incorporates on a alternate in natural attractiveness items whereas hiding even more harmful connections. Pandora's cherished grandson, a trainee hack attorney, is likely one of the lifeless girl's empty-headed associates; can this be relevant?
As she houses in at the fact, Albia has to cope with the occult, organised crime, an strange fertility image, and star eating. She discovers the younger lady used to be a handful; her father mediates in disputes, but has divorced his grief-stricken spouse and is now suing his personal better half's mother; Clodia's so-called buddies have been none too pleasant. The supposedly candy air of the Quirinal hides the smells of unfastened morality, informal betrayal or even gangland clash. while a chum of her personal is murdered, Albia determines to show as a lot of this neighborhood illness as she will - starting with the reality concerning the demise of little Clodia.
'Davis's prose is a full of life pleasure, and Flavia's Rome is sinister and gloriously real.' The occasions on Sunday
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