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Death Comes by Amphora: A Mystery Novel of Ancient Athens Kindle Edition
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Read on September 27, 2016
Excellent mystery set in ancient Greece with relatable characters and an interesting glimpse into life of the time. The imagery and attention to detail enhanced the suspense and kept me engrossed. Publisher's blurb is actually useful.
If this was all there was to this novel, it would be a fine read. But, just as there is more to the death of Lysanias' uncle than meets the eye, there is also more to this novel than just the solving of a murder.
The authenticity of the world created by Hudson in this novel gives it a credibility--and a depth--found in historical novels. The transformation of Lysandius from naive teenager to self-confident young man is a subtle coming of age story that is well earned. The evolution of Lysanias' relationship with his slave, and the growing respect within that relationship, adds texture. And, to add a even a little more spice, Hudson has thrown you a bit of a love story.
DEATH COMES BY AMPHORA is layered and textured in ways that will constantly surprise you. As you travel with Lysanias and Sindron through the streets of ancient Athens, you will meet a rich mixture of real and fictional characters that will involve you in Athenian politics, intrigue, corruption--and, sometimes, good old fashioned political gossip. You'll learn about ancient Athens and solve mysteries. You'll meet and develop your own relationships with the characters he creates. And, quite simply, you'll enjoy a good read.
There is exceptional detail provided into the surroundings and the lives of the characters. And yet while reading it, I was completely engrossed in the mystery and intrigue. The author has taken great care to give perspectives of each of the characters from the slave, to the most powerful and wealthy. Together with the plot, I found this book to be a very nice blend of timeless intrigue and a fascinating snapshot of the past.