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Friday, October 29, 2010

The Pericles Commission



I don't normally do book reviews, but I waited months to read Gary Corby's debut novel, The Pericles Commission and it was FABULOUS! I devoured it as fast as I could- definitely a five star read!

Here's the scoop:

A dead man fell from the sky...

From the first line, The Pericles Commission is a riveting look at Ancient Greece as seen through the eyes of Nicolaos, older brother of Socrates and private investigator for the politician Pericles. The backdrop of Ancient Greece is a unique setting in which Nicolaos must investigate the brutal murder of Ephialtes, the father of democracy.

Nicolaos is a humorous narrator who doggedly pursues his case, even as it threatens his own life. Of course, no sleuth would be complete without a sidekick and Nicolaos finds one with the witty (and sometimes snarky) Diotima, priestess of Artemis. In a time when Greek women were typically locked away, Diotima keeps Nicolaos (and much of Athens) on their toes.

Snippets of intriguing Greek history are interwoven throughout the novel, akin to the style of Lindsey Davis' fantastic Falco series. This was a great trek through Ancient Greece, one highly recommended for all mystery lovers and fans of historical fiction. Bravo!


PLUS...

There's a contest starting Monday for The Pericles Commission- stay tuned for more details!

15 comments:

Anita Saxena said...

What an interesting read! I'll have to check it out.

VR Barkowski said...
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VR Barkowski said...

Let me try that again. I love historical fiction AND mystery. This one is already in my tbr pile. Looking forward to the read. Thanks for the great review! :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Hurray, Gary!! Great review, Stephanie. I'll definitely be in on the contest. :-)

Melissa said...

This sounds great!!!! Thanks for letting me know about it. I may not have heard about this book otherwise.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Sounds like a seriously awesome novel. Thanks for doing the review.

Lydia Kang said...

Sweet review. It sounds like such a good read!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Ooooo, that sounds like a delicious read.

Amalia T. said...

Yay! Congratulations to Gary! What a great review :)

Dangerous With a Pen said...

Ooh, I haven't heard of this one before. Sounds good! Will definitely stay tuned for your contest! :)

Vicki Rocho said...

This was on my TBR list, but somehow missed its debut...Glad to hear you liked it!

Paul Greci said...

Sounds like an interesting book, and one I wouldn't have found on my own. Thanks, Stephanie!!

Libbie H. said...

Ooooh...sounds great! I will have to add this one to my to-read list. I've been looking for some good Greek fiction!

Libbie H. said...

Ooooh...sounds great! I will have to add this one to my to-read list. I've been looking for some good Greek fiction!

Elana Johnson said...

This sounds fabulous! Great review!