Nicolaos, Classical Athens's favorite sleuth, and his partner in investigation, the clever ex-priestess Diotima, have taken time out of their assignments to come home to get married. But if Nico was hoping they'd be able to get hitched without a hitch, he was overly optimistic. When they arrive in Athens, there's a problem waiting for the...
Nicolaos, Classical Athens’s favorite sleuth, and his partner in investigation, the clever ex-priestess Diotima, have taken time out of their assignments to come home to get married. But if Nico was hoping they’d be able to get hitched without a hitch, he was overly optimistic. When they arrive in Athens, there’s a problem waiting for them.
The Sanctuary of Artemis is the ancient world’s most famous school for girls. When one of the children is killed, apparently by a bear, and another girl disappears in the night, Diotima’s childhood teacher asks her former pupil to help them. Diotima is honor-bound to help her old school.
Meanwhile a skull discovered in a cave not far from the sanctuary has proven to be the remains of the last tyrant to rule Athens. The Athenians fought the Battle Marathon to keep this man out of power. He was supposed to have died thirty years ago, in faraway Persia. What are his remains doing outside the city walls?
Nico’s boss, the great Athenian statesman Pericles, wants answers, and he wants Nico to find them.
What makes it all so ominous is that the skull was discovered by the two students of the Sanctuary of Artemis who are dead and missing.
What does a decades-dead tyrant have to do with two young girls? Where is the missing child? Is a killer bear really lurking beyond the walls of Athens? And who is the mysterious stranger who’s trying to kill Nico and Diotima? Can the sleuths solve the interlocked crimes and save a child before their wedding?
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“[E]very new volume further highlights the tricky thing Corby so consistently manages to create: comedic mysteries that still have heft. In the manner of what Lindsey Davis and David Wishart give readers for ancient Rome, Corby presents an ancient Greek world that’s vibrantly, gawkishly alive; if you haven’t tried this series yet, The Marathon Conspiracy is the perfect place to start.”
“Corby has not only made Greek history accessible—he's made it first-rate entertainment.”
─Kelli Stanley, award-winning author of Nox Dormienda
“Those who like their historicals with a touch of humor will welcome Australian author Corby ... Corby displays a real gift for pacing and plotting.”
─Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Gary Corby has managed an unlikely feat with his series ... he's written mysteries that combine funny characters and intriguing crimes with accurate history. The Marathon Conspiracy is never dull…The escapades of the detective will keep readers laughing, while the history lesson will leave them feeling a little bit smarter.”
“This will have the wealth of historical mystery buffs jumping up and down for joy ... so well-written you will feel as if you are truly part of the Ancient World. As with Corby’s other works, the tale is full of humor, suspense-filled plots, subplots, and characters that are unforgettable. It is no overstatement to say that Corby most definitely knows his history backwards and forwards, providing stories that are beyond exciting. ”