"Another Roman treat from Davis."
Flavia Alba's latest commission involves a body discovered at the foot of the Capitoline Hill in Rome. It turns out to be an official involved in the preparations for Emperor Domitian's upcoming Triumph. All Rome is engrossed in making sure that the event is successful and spectacular, and no-one is prioritising the search for a possible killer. Much easier to call it suicide. But Flavia Alba is never one for the easy option and starts to delve deeper into the case. She finds that the victim was a very unpleasant individual, unloved by many and mourned by few. As she teases out some of the scams with which he is involved and talks to those preparing for the grand Triumph of Caesar, she begins to see the truth. As always, the nearer she gets to this, the more danger she places herself in, culminating in a free for all whilst the Triumph is proceeding.