A Comedy of Terrors

A Comedy of Terrors is a historical novel by British writer Lindsey Davis, the ninth in her Flavia Albia series.[1] It was published in the UK on 1 April 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton (ISBN 9781529374322)[2] and is scheduled to be published in the United States on 27 July 2021 by Minotaur Books (ISBN 978-1250241542).[3]

A Comedy of Terrors
A Comedy of Terrors UK 2021 ed cover.jpg
Cover of 1st UK hardback edition 2021
AuthorLindsey Davis
SeriesFlavia Albia
Genrehistorical fiction, crime fiction
PublisherHodder & Stoughton, Minotaur Books
Publication date
1 April 2021
Preceded byThe Grove of the Caesars 
Followed byDesperate Undertaking 

The novel is set in 89 AD, starting during "the week before Saturnalia: 12-17 December".[4]: [ix]  It features nuts ("both the snack and missile of choice of tipsy celebrants") and threats to the emperor ("Domitian himself is a target for the old criminals' new schemes").[2]

Falco and his wife Helena appear in the list of "Our festival characters", described as "her [Flavia Albia's] iconic parents".[4]: [x] 


  1. ^ "Lindsey's News". Lindsey Davis. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "A Comedy of Terrors". Hodder & Stoughton. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  3. ^ "A Comedy of Terrors". US Macmillan. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b Davis, Lindsey (2021). A comedy of terrors. London, England: Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-1-529-37429-2.