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Enemies at Home (Flavia Albia Mystery #2)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  927 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
“There are rules for private informers accepting a new case. Never take on clients who cannot pay you. Never do favours for friends. Don’t work with relatives. If, like me, you are a woman, keep clear of men you find attractive.

“Will I never learn?”

In Ancient Rome, the number of slaves was far greater than that of free citizens. As a result, often the people Romans feared
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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AMANDA SMITH Yes, and loved it! It is a follow on from the Falco series. As his daughter is the main character. Brings the same quirkiness and sense of humour.

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This is the second in the Flavia Albia stories and while it was better than the first book, I found myself still missing her father Falco in these stories.

Flavia is hired to investigate the murder of a couple a few days after their wedding, and the theft of some valuable silverware. Suspicion naturally falls on the household slaves, but it is a far more complicated story than that, and she has to pick her way through a tangled web of lies and omissions to get to the truth.

In some respect these
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This was a slow read for me, due to the tone and unfamiliar terms specific to this setting. I wish there was a glossary, because that would have facilitated my reading. However, I liked the vantage point of 1st century Rome, especially in a mystery format.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.
Derek Farrell
Jun 10, 2014 Derek Farrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE the Flavia Alba stories, and suspect that LD is also enjoying being able to write as a woman.
While there are lots of similarities between these and the Falco novels, and while the 'voice' is (unsurprisingly) basically the same one (understandable, as Flavia is Falco's daughter, and thus makes no attempt to hide the fact that many of her approaches and mannerisms are inherited from her father), what makes these novels as enjoyable as the Falcos is the slow development of the millieu around
Karen Witzler
May 28, 2015 Karen Witzler rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the second of the Flavia Albia mysteries - Albia being the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina, protagonists of twenty previous Lindsey Davis mysteries set in Flavian Rome. Domitian is now in power and Albia has taken up both her father's trade as informer and his Aventine apartment. Davis seems to have found Albia's voice here and is gradually providing her with love interests, sidekicks, and contacts in the much darker post-Vespasian, post-Vesuvius Rome. Unlike ...more
Jul 15, 2016 Donna rated it liked it
For being Ancient Rome, this had a contemporary feel (which worked for me).
May 20, 2015 Mieneke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s once more unto the breech for Flavia Alba in the second book of her series, Enemies at Home. I enjoyed the first of this series, The Ides of April , but for some reason I never managed to fit in the next book onto the reviewing schedule. With book three in the series released last month, this historical fiction month seemed like a great time to catch up on both of the books. And I have to say I enjoyed Enemies at Home even more than I did The Ides of April.

What bothered me most about the p

This is my second Flavia Albia mystery, having read the previous book shortly before this one, but otherwise being new to Lindsey Davis’ mysteries and not having read her infamous Didius Falco series as I’m sure many readers of this spin-off will have. I have to say, I definitely liked Enemies at Home more than I liked The Ides of April. Whilst I found the opener to the series solid and entertaining, I easily guessed the mystery, the resolution relied too much on character stupidity for my taste
Aug 26, 2014 Jeanette rated it really liked it
Fighting with myself to decide if I should rate this a 3 or a 4. And then the ending came and the 4 star won. Flavia Albia is far from perfect, but she does have her own style and intelligence over-driven personality. She's a young widow, not the normal "hot" chick lady detective favorite of any era. Falco never appears and Helena J. just at the end, so Flavia A. gets her full 300 plus page of working individually in the family business. The adile that hires her has potential too, on more than ...more
Karla Thomas
Oct 31, 2014 Karla Thomas rated it it was amazing
Anything by Lindsey Davis is a must read for me, and I've never been disappointed. Yes, some are more satisfying than others, but they're all worth diving into. This is the second book following Flavia Albia. We know her from the Falco books, but in those she was a teenager and seen through the eyes of her father. She is a rather different person when you get into her own mind, and she's someone we can get as attached to as we are to Falco.

The mystery was suitably intricate. I had now idea who t
I have read a couple of books by Lindsey Davis with the main protagonist at its helm - Marcus Didius Falco. This one was different, Falco does not feature (and is missed nonetheless) but the investigator is now Flavia Albia - Falco's adoptive daughter - a woman! I was psyched about this and as expected I really enjoyed her point of view especially her thoughts of jumping the boundary of Roman law and letting her hair down once in a while. I loved her musings about another character which I also ...more
B.R. Stateham
Feb 02, 2015 B.R. Stateham rated it really liked it
Lindsey Davis writes mysteries, historical mysteries, situated in Rome circa the time of the Emperor Domitian. She became famous by first relating the detective adventures of a fabulous scoundrel by the name of Decidius Falco. Now she is informing us on the cases of Falco's grown adopted daughter, Flavia Albia.

You get to know Roman domestic life intimately in this novel. You especially get to know the horrors of what it was like to be a slave in a Roman household. You also feel and sense just ho
Jan 03, 2015 Elise rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
A wonderful treat at Christmas is to receive a new book by a favorite author and have the time on cold winter days to sit reading it.
The second in her Flavia Albia series does a good job developing the characters further. She is given the task of investigating the murder of a master and mistress, where the slaves are in danger of being killed if the true murderer cannot be found. She finds herself facing the difficulty of deciding which lives are important and when the camaraderie of the group c
Selaine Henriksen
Jan 04, 2015 Selaine Henriksen rated it liked it
In this, the second Flavia Albia novel (or Falco reboot), Lindsey Davis seems to have found Flavia's voice. Without the need for as much back story there is a better flow. The plot was okay; I figured out who dunnit fairly quickly, although I was surprised by the ending. I like the pace; we know Flavia and Faustus are meant for each other but she's taking her time and I'll certainly read more installments to see how they get together. I'm especially excited for Faustus and Falco to meet. I ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Johanne rated it really liked it
As you'd expect by now a good romp through early empire Rome. This one focused slaves and slavery and the invidious legal position slaves found themselves in. Sold at will, slave testimony had to be extracted under torture otherwise it wasn't valid etc etc. Flavia Alba is a good central character, the pattern and developments for future novels are being laid out. It was a good solid novel, as you'd expect minor inaccuracies to help the book/plot flow but a well grounded and fun read.
Fernando Gonzalo Pellico
Segunda entrega de la informante Flavia Albia, con una trama mucho más entretenida que la primera parte. Poco tiene de novela negra esta hija de Falco, es más una detective, a ratos ruda, a ratos tierna, que se cruza a páginas sobre un peligroso equilibrio de novela romántica.

En cualquier caso, entretiene y recomiendo su lectura a los interesados en las novelas de detectives en la roma imperial.
Rachel Hartman
Aug 14, 2014 Rachel Hartman rated it it was amazing
Lindsey Davis is my guilty pleasure -- yes, well-researched and cerebral, these books are still like candy to me. I enjoyed this much more than the first Flavia Albia book. It took Davis a while to relax into Flavia's voice, I think, and it took me a while to accept the idea that there isn't going to be much Falco (or Helena Justina!) in these books.

May 22, 2015 MJ rated it really liked it
An excellent sort-of-cosy mystery in ancinet Rome with a wealth of historical information, especially on women's lives. Lots of fun.
Nov 02, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
I'd actually want to give this 4.5 stars... certainly better then the last, largely down to character development and fuller storyline... one more transported back to Rome we catch up with Flavia's next new difficult murder case. I had guessed the perpetrator at around 70% but the final reveal was worthy of the continuation. Learning about the complexities and drama of a Roman household added to the resolution of the mystery.
Kate Stout
Nov 17, 2016 Kate Stout rated it really liked it
Notes for self: Good little mystery series. Not as good as Steven Saylor, but fun. Attitudes a bit anachronistic.
Mike Finn
Jun 16, 2015 Mike Finn rated it liked it
When I finished "The Ides Of April", the first book in this Falco-the-next-generation series, I wasn't sure that I liked Flavia Albia because I found her distant and rash, setting out to find trouble.

In "Enemies At Home", I began to like her a little better.

I enjoyed her insider/outsider status. She is far more of an outsider than her adopted father, Falco, plebeian turned citizen and art dealer, ever was: a woman, a non-Roman orphan, a widow without a household and carrying on the disreputabl
Aug 17, 2016 Colleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: whodunnit
This is how you do a spinoff folks.

1) Build upon the strengths of earlier works but put a twist to it.
Flavia is still an informer like her father, still solves murders and mysteries, has a very similar working method since she's following in his footsteps, but totally her own style too. (And as a woman, she's basically barred from a lot of what Falco's environment, but it opens her to be used to investigate women, slaves, and household tragedies of "no importance," which is an interesting tact
Leila Anani
A VAST improvement on Ides of April, Flavia Albia is at last coming into her own. A newlywed couple has been murdered in their beds, a valuable silver dinner service has been stolen. The entire household slaves will be put to death unless our heroine and her client, faithful Plebian Aedile Manlius Faustus solve the case and prove the slaves innocent.

This is really tightly plotted for a Davis novel and doesn't wander like the previous book - it's a classic whodunit - in the wonderful setting of R
Jul 25, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
[4 stars] Okay, as I said in my review of The Ides of April, this series felt a little awkward getting going. Davis had to spend time bringing us up to speed on Albia's Rome and there was this question hanging over the whole book: how would it compare to the Falco series? But with that hump gotten over—yep, this is Albia's series, and her parents aren't major players in it—it was easier to relax and enjoy this book for what it is. And maybe it was easier for Davis as well, because generally this ...more
TheIron Paw
A good mystery novel (though more a "detective" novel than a "whodunit") with some interesting twists of plot. An interesting set of characters actually drive the novel more than the crime - the almost romantic interest included. This novel also provides an in depth look into the roles of slaves in ancient Rome. This is the 2nd in the series - I felt I missed something by not reading the first one first. As another reviewer said - a glossary would be helpful. I'll continue with this series, ...more
Jun 27, 2016 Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a good historical mystery, and Davis is one of the most unique voices in the genre. One of the critical problems with any kind of "detective" set before about 1850 is that a detective in the later sense is inevitably a historical anachronism, especially if they aren't embedded in the law enforcement or government. Usually authors fudge some kind of forensic pathologist into their story too. Davis' approach in the Marcus Didius Falco series was refreshingly different - she imported a chunk ...more
Sep 26, 2014 jammastere rated it it was amazing
I like this series even more than her Falco series!

This series is set in Rome during its days under Domitian and his extreme paranoia. Albia is a widow and an informer; think Roman version of a P.I. She learned much from her adoptive father Marcus Didius Falco as he was a quite successful informer himself.

I thought I would miss Falco or maybe we would get glimpses of Falco through this series. Neither has happened! I LOVE Albia. She has wit and charm and can laugh at herself. She is intelligent
May 20, 2015 Helen rated it really liked it
Nineteen years between The Iron Hand of Mars and this book so the change of characters is not surprising, but it took me a few pages to determine the relationship between Flavia Alba and the Didius Falco group. An older couple, newly entered into a second marriage are discovered strangled in the bed. A collection of silver objects is missing and the doorkeeper is so badly beaten that he dies within days. The vigiles have looked at things, decided it was a burglary gone bad, and decided to accuse ...more
L.R. Trovillion
Mar 05, 2015 L.R. Trovillion rated it really liked it
This is my first Lindsey Davis novel and although I have not been introduced to Flavia Albia or the predecessor Falco novels before, this book can stand on its own. Davis has created a character in Flavia Albia which is perky, spirited, very likable and fun. She has a very strong voice and I would say it is that fun character of hers that really carries the novel because the plot is rather slow. As I reader, I was immediately interested in learning who committed the heinous double murder in the ...more
Biblioteca Lardero
En la Antigua Roma, el número de esclavos era mucho mayor que el de ciudadanos libres y, a menudo, los romanos sentían verdadero miedo de "los enemigos en casa", los sirvientes que vivían bajo su propio techo. Para apaciguar su temor, el gobierno decretó una ley conviniendo que si un romano era asesinado en casa y el culpable no era rápidamente descubierto, sus esclavos -todos ellos, responsables o no-, serían inculpados y condenados a muerte. Sin excepciones.
Así, cuando una pareja de recién cas
Mary Warnement
Lindsey Davis has entertained me for years with her mysteries set in ancient Rome. I was first introduced to Marcus Didius Falco long ago, when my former grammar school English teacher loaned my mom and me the first one. I was in college, home for the summer. I read the first couple pages and found the macho Sam Spade style jarring in ancient Rome and set it aside. Years later, in grad school, about to travel to Rome for the first time, I returned to it. I'd read Saylor's series and, wanting ...more
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Lindsey Davis, historical novelist, was born in Birmingham, England in 1949. Having taken a degree in English literature at Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall), she became a civil servant. She left the civil service after 13 years, and when a romantic novel she had written was runner up for the 1985 Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize, she decided to become a writer, writing at first ...more
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