Enemies at Home

Enemies at Home

Book - 2014
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A mysterious death at a local villa may be murder and Albia is once again forced to involve herself. Her fight is not just for truth and justice, she's also battling for the very lives of people who can't fight for themselves.
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, c2014
ISBN: 9781444766585
Branch Call Number: M DAV
Characteristics: 385 p. :,map ;,25 cm

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andreareads
May 26, 2015

These two well-dressed women from ancient civilised provinces, Spain and Greece, regarded me as a wild barbarian since I came from Britain. Meline had a habit of teasingly calling me a druid. The Romans had invited, cajoled and coerced most gods of the Mediterranean into their city, no doubt to cover themselves in case the Olympic pantheon were not truly the tops. At no point had they brought the druids. Nor would they.

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andreareads
May 26, 2015

My mother once read me a poem about witches haunting this sinister spot under a lonely moon, a terrifying piece of work where cruel hags murdered a young boy: Horace, in spooky mode; he did it gruesomely. I was going through a mystic period at the time, a teen myself, in love with the supernatural without seeing its true menace. Now I despised horrors.

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andreareads
May 26, 2015

I was a grown woman. I could do what I liked. It wasn’t as if we had set fire to a scroll box of Virgil’s _Aeneid_ in order to fry a Lucanian sausage.

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andreareads
May 26, 2015

I knew Rome. ‘In this city, under our present emperor, helping a prosecution succeed is highly prized.’ I did not say that under Domitian this was prized even if the proffered evidence was invented.

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merlinsilver
Jul 26, 2015

Another terrific book by Lindsey Davis. I did not feel that the slaves lived in a miserable legal status. Ms. Davis showed several sides to the situation back in Roman times. I hope others will also enjoy this book and how it shows a woman taking control of her own life.

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May 26, 2015

This book reminded me of why I don't often read mysteries: murder, and the sordid details around it, make for unappealing reading at times. In this particular mystery the miserable legal status of slaves is sobering. On the other hand, the book is written with compassion and humour, there's a puzzle to be solved, and ancient Rome is brought vividly to life. These characters are not living long ago and far away in their own minds, any more than we are. I can't really fault the book for showing how rotten human beings can be towards one another, but I prefer the Davis books where the non-mystery aspects are more prominent.

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