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Published by Soho Crime, 19 May 2015. ISBN:
year the people of Athens hold the Great Dionysia, the arts festival in honour
of the god Dionysos, god of the theatre and wine. This year there is a problem,
a ghost is haunting the theatre, playing malicious jokes and disrupting
rehearsals. Nicolaos is the only private investigator in Athens, which means
that he and Diotima, his wife and partner in sleuthing, are employed to get rid
of the disruption. They attempt to calm the superstitious fears of the actors
and stage-hands by performing a cleansing ritual. With the help of the High
Priest of Dionysos they exorcise the ghost. However, they suspect a human
agency is responsible and keep a sharp look out for saboteurs. Despite their
efforts, one actor is badly injured and another dies. The theatre is declared
impure and the Festival cannot go ahead until Nico and Diotima discover the
killer and the theatre can be cleansed by his punishment. With the honour of
Athens resting on his shoulders, Nico has to go to extraordinary lengths and
stage a very unusual theatrical entertainment of his own.
Death Ex Machina
is the fifth in the Athenian Mystery series. It is a compelling read, with
swift action, engaging characters and a complex, well-plotted storyline. Above
all it is extremely funny. Contemporary issues are put into an ancient Athenian
context, not least the age-old dispute about whether wine or beer is the best alcoholic
drink. I especially admire the skill with which the author mixes real
historical characters with fictional and makes them all equally credible. While
watching a television documentary about Socrates, I found my mind being drawn
back to Corby's version: 'Socrates. An irritant. Brother of Nico.'
Death Ex Machina is a page-turner
and I whole-heartedly recommend it.
Reviewer: by Carol Westron
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.
Carol Westronis a successful short story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical
crime panel, The Deadly Dames.Her crime
novels are set both in contemporary and Victorian times.The Terminal Velocity of Cats is the
first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published July 2013. Her second book About the Children was published in May