A Capitol Death

A Capitol Death is a historical novel by British writer Lindsey Davis, the seventh in her Flavia Albia series. It was published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton on 4 April 2019 (ISBN 9781473658745) .[1]

A Capitol Death
Cover of 2019 UK first edition
AuthorLindsey Davis
SeriesFlavia Albia
Genrehistorical fiction, crime fiction
PublisherHodder & Stoughton, St. Martin's Press
Publication date
4 April 2019
Media typePrint, e-book, audiobook, large print
Preceded byPandora's Boy 

The cover of the UK hardback 1st edition shows a sea shell, likely to be the dye-producing bolinus brandaris, on a purple, perhaps bloodstained, background.

The tale is set in November AD 89 on the Capitoline Hill, and includes a death by falling from the Tarpeian Rock, a stinking family of shell-fish boilers who produce the imperial purple dye, the preparations for Domitian's double triumph, family relationships, and augury, while Flavia and her husband are setting up their new household.[2]

In an interview with her editor Oliver Johnson, Davis discussed her successful plan to base a series of books on the seven hills of Rome, starting with the Aventine Hill and reaching the Capitoline Hill with this latest book.[3]


  1. "A Capitol Death". Hodder & Stoughton. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  2. Davis, Lindsey (2019). A Capitol Death. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-1-473-65874-5.
  3. "Lindsey Davis interview: A Capitol Death and the Flavia Albia series". Hodder & Stoughton. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2019.

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