Private investigator Flavia Albia is always drawn to an intriguing puzzle - even if it is put to her by her new husband's hostile ex-wife.
On the Quirinal Hill, a young girl named Clodia has died, apparently poisoned with a love potion. Only one person could have supplied such a thing: a local witch who goes by the name of Pandora, whose trade in herbal beauty products is hiding something far more sinister.
The supposedly sweet air of the Quirinal is masking the stench of loose morality, casual betrayal and even gangland conflict and, when a friend of her own is murdered, Albia determines to expose as much of this local sickness as she can - beginning with the truth about Clodia's death.
Praise for Lindsey Davis and the Flavia Albia series
'Davis's prose is a lively joy, and Flavia's Rome is sinister and gloriously real'
The Times on Sunday
'Davis's books crackle with wit and knowledge . . . She has the happy knack of making the reader feel entirely immersed in Rome'
'Always clever and witty with some sparkling dialogue and genuinely comic moments . . . set against a totally believable and colourful background, and rattles along at breakneck pace to a spectacular climax'
Lindsey Davis wurde in Birmingham geboren und lebt heute in Greenwich. Nach einem Englischabschluss in Oxford arbeitete sie zunächst im öffentlichen Dienst, schreibt aber nun ausschließlich Romane. 1995 erhielt Lindsey Davis den "Crime Writers' Association Dagger Award" und 2011 wurde sie mit dem "CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger - Lifetime Achievement Award" ausgezeichnet.