Lindsey’s News


As The Grove of the Caesars was published in the first week of lockdown, I made a video for you, then I became acquainted with Zooming. The video and other online events have links on our Events page. Prospects for future marketing events seem bleak but of my own accord, I am hoping to share passages from the Albia books in a series of live Zooms this April. I have been reading to American friends (and a dog) on Sunday evenings; I decided some of you might like me to extend what I normally do as part of bookshop and festival appearances. For copyright reasons it can only be extracts and nothing will be recorded, but if you want to sit and just be read to, possibly with a nice glass of something (or your cocoa) make a note in your diary! (register here: Some of us are old enough to get a frisson of nostalgia from Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

I have been very pleased that many of you use the contact email to tell me how much reading and re-reading my books helps you cope with the ongoing crisis. I’ve found that my writing life is little changed by lockdown, it is my social and research life that suffered.

Two handbooks to which I contributed are Howdunit from the famous Detection Club, where I wrote a section on Style; this is already published. And How to Write a Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America, edited by my fellow Brummie, Lee Child, and containing a short sideline section, my Top Tips for Aspiring Writers (eg Don’t drink and type); this is to be published shortly. Full details are in Other Works on this site.


As announced in my recent Newsletter from Hodders, there will be a UK competition for whoever can spot most allusions to my favourite Shakespeare. Details in the Newsletter.

Work in Progress

I am surprisingly well on with the next Albia book, which at the moment has the snappy title of Desperate Undertaking. Despite another allusion to the Bard (which is a clue, though not a spoiler as it’s in as the first line of the story), this is more of a tribute to Vincent Price. It uses some truly gruesome Roman stuff… And as an experiment, some characters we met a long time ago have reappeared – but some of them as horrible corpses.

Future Work

Some readers seem confused and think I have stopped writing. No, reports of this are premature, though in the current crisis we are all looking at our lives more carefully…

Contract News

I’m afraid new translations are very hard to come by. I know this is a disappointment, but it’s in the hands of overseas publishers, not me. However, Dotbooks are taking over all existing translations of the Falco series, to publish as ebooks.

Hodder and Stoughton (UK) now have ebook rights in the USA to five Falco novels (Three Hands in the Fountain, Two for the Lions, One Virgin Too Many, Ode to a Banker, and Scandal Takes a Holiday).

A Giveaway (this still applies, NB)

Sometimes in the past we have had simple book auctions, but I want to try something different: My cupboard is overflowing with spare book copies and here’s an offer: Anyone who makes a donation of at least £10 to Fishbourne Roman Palace may then send me their postal details for a signed book as a thank you from me.

Anyone who makes a donation of at least £10 to Fishbourne Roman Palace may then claim a signed book as a thank you from me.

Donate at Please use Giftaid if you can. But NB the books come from me so you must then send an email with your address to me.

I will contribute P&P, any destination, one per person, and titles only while available, mainly: Shadows in Bronze, Venus in Copper, The Iron Hand of Mars, The Accusers, Ode to a Banker, Alexandria, Saturnalia, Nemesis, The Ides of April, Enemies at Home, Deadly Election, The Graveyard of the Hesperides, The Third Nero and A Capitol Death.

Who Are You Now?

Ten years ago I asked for your help in a survey, so I would know what the range of my readers was. This was interesting for me, but also on occasions very useful. Thanks to everyone who took part (or took part again!) the results are here.

Readers choices To be memorialised on the website, send your favourite lines from Enemies at Home, The Third Nero, A Capitol Death, Vesuvius By Night, Invitation to Die , The Grove of the Caesars or A Comedy of Terrors.

Classical Association

In 1997/8 I was Honorary President of the UK Classical Association. I recommend joining if you are interested in the jolly side of classics. See their website,

Organ Donor Card Appeal

This is a personal appeal on an issue where I have experience from both sides.

Please carry a donor card. And if ever you are in the sad position of having to decide whether to agree to organ donation from someone close to you, please consider the good you may do. Honour their wishes if they carry a card. If not, then it is your choice; please use the opportunity. I understand just how hard it is at the time – but I can also tell you, because I have had to do it, that afterwards you will feel glad you took the decision to say yes.

Lives can be saved or dramatically improved by organ transplants. From childhood, I had a rare eye condition called keratoconus. Eventually I needed a corneal transplant – not often mentioned when organ donation is discussed, though in fact one donor can save the sight of two people. Being able to see, without discomfort, helps me to write. A stranger’s generosity freed me from years of pain and anxiety. I was never able to thank my donor or their relatives, but I shall always remember them. Every time you read one of my books, you too are a beneficiary of their gift to me.


MinimusMinumus, the Primary Latin Project  of which I am proud to be a patron, was 20 in 2019 so ‘Io! Three cheers for this brilliant achievement!’

Minimis has his own website where he says: ‘Minimus’ favourite books are the Roman detective novels of Lindsey Davis’ – and, thanks to illustrator Helen Forte, here he is reading one!