The graveyard of the Hesperides / Lindsey Davis.

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      First U.S. edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "In first century Rome, Flavia Albia, the daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, has taken up her father's former profession as an informer. On a typical day, it's small cases cheating spouses, employees dipping into the till but this isn't a typical day. Her beloved, the plebeian Manlius Faustus, has recently moved in and decided that they should get married in a big, showy ceremony as part of beginning a proper domestic life together. Also, his contracting firm has been renovating a rundown dive bar called The Garden of the Hesperides, only to uncover human remains buried in the backyard. There have been rumors for years that the previous owner of the bar, now deceased, killed a bar maid and these are presumably her remains. In the choice between planning a wedding and looking into a crime from long ago, Albia would much rather investigate a possible murder. Or murders, as more and more remains are uncovered, revealing that something truly horrible has been going on at the Hesperides. As she gets closer to the truth behind the bodies in the backyard, Albia's investigation has put her in the cross-hairs which might be the only way she'll get out of the wedding and away from all her relatives who are desperate to 'help.'"-- Provided by publisher.
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      DAVIS, L. The graveyard of the Hesperides. First U.S. edition. [s. l.]: Minotaur Books, 2016. ISBN 9781250078902. Disponível em: Acesso em: 24 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Davis L. The Graveyard of the Hesperides. First U.S. edition. Minotaur Books; 2016. Accessed November 24, 2020.
    • APA:
      Davis, L. (2016). The graveyard of the Hesperides (First U.S. edition.). Minotaur Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Davis, Lindsey. 2016. The Graveyard of the Hesperides. First U.S. edition. The Flavia Albia Novels. Minotaur Books.
    • Harvard:
      Davis, L. (2016) The graveyard of the Hesperides. First U.S. edition. Minotaur Books (The Flavia Albia novels). Available at: (Accessed: 24 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Davis, L 2016, The graveyard of the Hesperides, First U.S. edition., The Flavia Albia novels, Minotaur Books, viewed 24 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Davis, Lindsey. The Graveyard of the Hesperides. First U.S. edition., Minotaur Books, 2016. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Davis, Lindsey. The Graveyard of the Hesperides. First U.S. edition. The Flavia Albia Novels. Minotaur Books, 2016.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Davis L. The graveyard of the Hesperides [Internet]. First U.S. edition. Minotaur Books; 2016 [cited 2020 Nov 24]. (The Flavia Albia novels). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2016 June #1

*Starred Review* The Hesperides were evening nymphs, the daughters of Nyx (Night). Davis provides a sympathetic look at first-century Rome's "ladies of the evening" in this thoroughly satisfying fourth outing (after Deadly Election, 2015) for Flavia Albia, daughter of Marcus Didius Falco. Following in Falco's footsteps, Flavia has established herself as a professional informer (detective, in modern terms) and can't help but get involved when her husband-to-be uncovers human remains during the renovation of a rundown bar called the Garden of the Hesperides. It has been rumored for years that the owner once killed a barmaid and buried her in the courtyard. Flavia is grateful for the diversion because she is dreading the impending ostentatious wedding that her family has planned for her. The story unfolds at an astonishing pace, over the course of just eight days. There is plenty of drama and danger, which spill right over into the nuptial celebrations, but there is also a hearty helping of Davis' well-placed humor. She continues to take us out onto the streets and into the alleyways of a Rome so unlike the pristine marble metropolis of romantic imagining. We follow Flavia, a strong yet vulnerable female protagonist, into a "victimarium" and the aptly named Mucky Mule Mews. Juno! Recommended for all fans of humorous mysteries and crime set in antiquity. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2016 May #2

Davis's fourth Flavia Albia novel (after 2015's Deadly Election), a straightforward whodunit set in Rome in 89 C.E., lacks the political backdrop of earlier installments in the series. The arresting opening sentence, "Everyone knew a dead barmaid was buried in the courtyard," refers to an eating house called the Garden of the Hesperides. Flavia's fiancé, Manlius Faustus, has just bought a renovation business, and his first job, a holdover from the business's incompetent previous owner, is to redo the courtyard of the Garden of the Hesperides. When Manlius's workers uncover some bones, Flavia, among others, wonders whether they are the remains of Rufia, the missing barmaid. Flavia, an informer (the ancient Roman equivalent of a PI) who believes in justice above all else, sets out to identify the remains and solve a very cold case—which becomes more complex after she finds evidence of a previously unsuspected crime. The leads are entertaining, but the resolution isn't one of Davis's best. (July)

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