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A Comedy of Terrors

(2021)
(The ninth book in the Flavia Albia Mystery series)
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Saturnalia, the Romans' mid-December feast, nominally to celebrate the sun's rebirth but invariably a drunken riot. Flavia Albia needs a case to investigate, but all work is paused.

The Aventine is full of fracturing families. Wives plot to leave their husbands, husbands plot to spend more time with their mistresses. Masters must endure slaves taking obscene liberties, while aggressive slaves are learning to ape dangerous masters. But no one wants to hire an investigator during the holiday.

Albia is lumped with her own domestic stress: overexcited children and bilious guests, too many practical jokes, and her magistrate husband Tiberius preoccupied with local strife. He fears a Nut War. Nuts are both the snack and missile of choice of tipsy celebrants, so there is a fortune to be made. This year a hustling gang from the past is horning in on the action.

As the deadly menace strikes even close to home, and with law and order paused for partying, Albia and Tiberius must go it alone. The Emperor has promised the people a spectacular entertainment - but Domitian himself is a target for the old criminals' new schemes. Can the Undying Sun survive the winter solstice, or will criminal darkness descend upon Rome?

Praise for Lindsey Davis and the Flavia Albia series

'For a totally exhilarating romp through Ancient Rome, Lindsey Davis' latest Flavia Alba novel won't be beaten and offers an immersive experience of a vibrant world full of real, recognisable characters' Shotsmag

'In this witty novel by the mistress of Roman crime, the reader is transported behind the scenes of a Triumph into a fascinating world of actors, costumiers and animal trainers, all united in their hatred of the murdered man' Sunday Express Magazine

'Davis does her usual brilliant job of integrating the history of the period, warts and all, with a fast-paced and fair whodunit' Publishers Weekly


Genre: Historical Mystery

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Hardback Editions

July 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Comedy of Terrors: A Flavia Albia Novel (Flavia Albia Series, 9)
Author(s): Lindsey Davis
ISBN: 1-250-24154-5 / 978-1-250-24154-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


April 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Comedy of Terrors: Flavia Albia 9
Author(s): Lindsey Davis
ISBN: 1-5293-7429-4 / 978-1-5293-7429-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

October 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Comedy of Terrors (Flavia Albia)
Author(s): Lindsey Davis
ISBN: 1-5293-7433-2 / 978-1-5293-7433-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Comedy of Terrors: Flavia Alba Bk 9: Flavia Albia 9
Author(s): Lindsey Davis
ISBN: 1-5293-7430-8 / 978-1-5293-7430-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

July 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Comedy of Terrors: A Flavia Albia Novel
Author(s): Lindsey Davis
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

July 2021 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: A Comedy of Terrors: A Flavia Albia Novel (Flavia Albia Series Book 9)
Author(s): Lindsey Davis
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   


April 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Comedy of Terrors: Flavia Albia 9
Author(s): Lindsey Davis
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


April 2021 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Comedy of Terrors: Flavia Albia 9
Author(s): Lindsey Davis
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon CA