The Pericles Commission

The Pericles Commission

Book - 2010
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Nicolaos walks the mean streets of Classical Athens as an agent for the promising young politician Pericles. His mission is to find the assassin of the statesman Ephialtes, the man who brought democracy to Athens and whose murder has thrown the city into uproar. It's a job not made any easier by the depressingly increasing number of dead witnesses.

But murder and mayhem don't bother Nico; what's really on his mind is how to get closer (much closer) to Diotima, the intelligent and annoyingly virgin priestess of Artemis, and how to shake off his irritating twelve year-old brother Socrates.

The Pericles Commission is the first in an exciting new series by first-time novelist Gary Corby, who takes us to Ancient Greece at one of the most exciting times in history. In this wonderfully approachable, historically rich novel, Athens is brought vividly to life in a mystery engaging from the first page to last.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2010.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312599027
Characteristics: 335 pages ; 22 cm


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May 16, 2019

A fun and interesting murder mystery set in ancient Athens sprinkled with serious facts about Athenian life and society. The plot has some twists and turns that kept me guessing, I laughed out loud a couple of times, and it's a little bit racy at a few points. The writing isn't deep—it's a comedic whodunit— but it's engaging and entertaining enough that I want to read more of the author's novels in this series.

Jul 08, 2014

I did not find this book enjoyable. I thought the writing style was dull as where the characters.
I liked the plot but don't think it was handled well at all

Aug 07, 2013

I really enjoyed this whodunnit set in ancient Greece. Corby does a great job blending a likable character and twisted plot with facts about everyday life at the beginning of democracy. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys a book that is as educational as it is entertaining, especially if you're a fan of ancient Greece!

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