Pandora's boy / Lindsey Davis.

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    • Publication Information:
      First U.S. edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A suspicious death and subsequent murder send Flavia Albia down a twisted path to expose corruption and betrayal in Lindsey Davis's next historical mystery. First century Rome is not the quiet, orderly city that it pretends to be and in this environment, a very clever private informer can thrive. Flavia Albia, daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, is a chip off the old block. She's taken over her father's old profession, and, like him, she occasionally lets her love of a good puzzle get in the way of her common sense. Such is the case when one such puzzle is brought to her by the very hostile ex-wife of Albia's new husband. It seems that over on the Quirinal Hill, a naive young girl, one Clodia Volumnia, has died, and there's a suggestion that she was poisoned by a love potion. The local witch, Pandora, would have been the one to supply such a potion. Looking into the matter, Albia soon learns that Pandora carries on a trade in herbal beauty products while keeping hidden her much more dangerous connections. Albia soon discovers the young girl was a handful and her so-called friends were not as friendly as they should have been. The supposedly sweet air of the Quirinal hides the smells of loose morality, casual betrayal, and even gangland conflict. When a friend of her own is murdered, things become serious and Albia is determined to expose as much of this local sickness as she can--beginning with the truth about the death of little Clodia." -- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      "First published in Great Britain by Hodder and Stoughton..." -- ECIP galley.
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  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      DAVIS, L. Pandora’s boy. First U.S. edition. [s. l.]: Minotaur Books, 2018. ISBN 9781250152688. Disponível em: Acesso em: 30 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Davis L. Pandora’s Boy. First U.S. edition. Minotaur Books; 2018. Accessed November 30, 2020.
    • APA:
      Davis, L. (2018). Pandora’s boy (First U.S. edition.). Minotaur Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Davis, Lindsey. 2018. Pandora’s Boy. First U.S. edition. A Flavia Albia Novel. Minotaur Books.
    • Harvard:
      Davis, L. (2018) Pandora’s boy. First U.S. edition. Minotaur Books (A Flavia Albia novel). Available at: (Accessed: 30 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Davis, L 2018, Pandora’s boy, First U.S. edition., A Flavia Albia novel, Minotaur Books, viewed 30 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Davis, Lindsey. Pandora’s Boy. First U.S. edition., Minotaur Books, 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Davis, Lindsey. Pandora’s Boy. First U.S. edition. A Flavia Albia Novel. Minotaur Books, 2018.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Davis L. Pandora’s boy [Internet]. First U.S. edition. Minotaur Books; 2018 [cited 2020 Nov 30]. (A Flavia Albia novel). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 May #2

*Starred Review* Davis' beloved character Marcus Didius Falco, an "informer," or detective in modern parlance, provided a hard-boiled yet authentic insight into ancient Roman civilization. His captivating daughter, Flavia Albia, who has taken over her father's business, continues to do the same in her sixth case (after The Third Nero, 2017) when she investigates the suspicious death of a young woman rumored to have consumed a deadly love potion. Flavia adds a missing-person search to her to-do list when her husband, Manlius Faustus, famous for being struck by lightning at his wedding, disappears, probably owing to intermittent PTSD. She searches throughout the Rome of 89 CE, a time when the city was drowning in a toxic brew of loose morality and gangland conflict—"a miserable, lawless city" rife with entitlement. The reader will be repeatedly astonished by the tricks Flavia has up her sleeve and how she uses them to fend off pursuing hit men with her remarkable "street craft," even extricating herself from a sticky situation involving the dangerously well-connected "witch" Pandora (Flavia is not without some druidic know-how of her own). But it is by using the essentials of her trade—methodical inquiry, reasoning, memory, and persistence—that she provides a satisfactory conclusion to this complicated but lively tale. For fans of crime fiction set in the ancient world, this one is not to be missed. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 February #1

In the next in a new series starring Flavia Albia, daughter of Davis's longtime hero Marcus Didius Falco, Albia must contend with the death of a girl on Quirinal Hill—reputedly owing to a love potion. The neighborhood witch who supplied it seems to be into darker stuff, and with the murder of one of Albia's friends, a whole Pandora's box of trouble opens. Cozy doings in ancient Rome.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2018 June #1

In the sixth installment (after The Third Nero) of Davis's "Flavia Albia" series, set in first-century CE Rome, a 15-year-old girl has died mysteriously in her bed. Was she poisoned by a love potion? Suspects include a group of entitled, vacuous young adults and their parents, and a local witch named Pandora, who has ties to one of the most dangerous gangs in the city. Albia seeks to determine how the child died while not attracting the wrath of the gang; at the same time, she is also searching for her husband, who has disappeared for reasons unknown. The always reliable Davis has written another compelling mystery conveying a vividly detailed ancient Rome, with characters who possess unique personalities and come from all walks of life. VERDICT A treat for fans of historical fiction or detective mysteries, who will want to read all the titles published by Davis. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/18.]—Matt Schirano, Univ. of Bridgeport Lib., CT

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 May #1

In Davis's solid sixth novel set in ancient Rome and featuring informer Flavia Alba (after 2017's The Third Nero), her latest case comes from an unusual source: Laia Gratiana, the rich, snooty ex-wife of Flavia's new husband, Manlius Faustus. An adolescent girl, Clodia Volumnia, has been found dead in her bed, and her parents are at odds over the cause. Her father, a mediator, believes that Clodia was poisoned by a love potion that his mother-in-law procured from Pandora, an herbalist suspected of witchcraft. But Clodia's mother blames her husband for nixing a romance, leading Clodia to die of a broken heart. Though she loathes Laia, Flavia agrees to investigate, even as she must deal with her husband's baffling disappearance. Her digging, which steps on some powerful toes, reminds her of Rome's dirty underbelly: "Among the Imperial monuments, the big houses of reclusive tycoons, the memories of long-gone demagogues and colonial adventurers lurked every kind of corruption." Davis's close attention to detail, such as a reference to Emperor Domitian's proscription against sidewalk cafés, makes the past vivid. (July)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.