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Published by Turnaround, May 2014. ISBN:
The Olympic Games, 460BC.Timodemus, the Athenian champion of the deadly pankration event, is the
hot favourite, and it’s obvious that he’s the only man who could have beaten
his Spartan rival Arakos to death... This means war with Sparta the moment the
Sacred Truce is over – unless sleuth Nicolaos and his clever wife Diotima can
find out the truth.
After a diet of Scandi noir,
child abuse and psychopathic woman torture, I’d forgotten that reading crime
stories was meant to be fun.I chuckled
my way through thisPI cosy from ancient
Greece, and learned a lot of useless facts on the way along.The plot is well paced, with a good mix of
detection, action and twists, and the history’s never allowed to take over –
everything is relevant (there’s a wonderful section at the end for historical
bits Corby couldn’t fit into the main text), clues are fairly presented in the
best Christie tradition, and there’s a good ‘It was you!’ moment at the
end.It’s narrated by Nicolaos, who is
escaping being a sculptor in his father’s firm to see if he can really make a
living as an investigator.Nicolaos and
his priestess wife Diotima are a lively back-chatting duo, and there’s a huge
supporting cast of real people: Pericles, the ruler that democratic Athens
shouldn’t have, Nicolaos’s little brother Socrates (yes, that Socrates), the
poet Pindar.The descriptions of life at
the Greek Olympiads is vivid, a history lesson in itself, and I loved Corby’s
sense of humour – there are great one-liners, and I had to stop reading
altogether to laugh at the episode where Diotima organised Socrates (aged
twelve) to use his maths and a prostitute’s money jar to work out how many
customers she’d had, and in what positions, while Diotima timed how long each
Witty, cleverly-plotted and a
visit to an historical event too.It can
be read as a stand-alone, but if this sounds your kind of thing, why spoil a
good series?The first is The Pericles Commission.
Gary Corbyhas long been fascinated by ancient history, finding
it more exciting and bizarre than any modern thriller. He's combined the
ancient world with his love of whodunits, to create an historical mystery
series set in classical Greece. Gary lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife
and two daughters. He blogs at A Dead Man Fell from the Sky, on all things
ancient, Athenian, and mysterious.
More information is atGaryCorby.com.
Marsali Taylor grew up near
Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently
a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and
two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is
fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive
dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a
keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of
her local drama group.Marsali also does
a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.