Made in Chelsea rewound to run in 1st Century Rome, as the offspring of the wealthy residents of The Quirinal Hill indulge in gossip, love affairs and love potions, expensive meals at fancy restaurants and parties.
There’s also a lettuce seller and a statue of Egyptian fertility god, Min – inspired by an evening at the Ashmolean Museum.
The second on the Flavia Albia series looks at the life of the household slave in Domitian’s Rome, when newlyweds Valerius Aviola and Mucia Lucilia are discovered dead – strangled in their bed – with the family slaves having taken refuge in the Temple of Ceres.
Albia’s uncles, Quintus and Aulus, and their families put in an appearance and I’m pretty sure we’re destined for a replay of the “Will they? Won’t they?” plot line of the early Falco novels. No Complaints There!
I also like the, to me, Brummie words that materialise every now and again – mithered and scrage resonated in this read.