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The Ionia Sanction (Mysteries of Ancient Greece) Hardcover – November 8, 2011
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"Nicolaos' sophomore mystery ... is abundantly appointed with maps, historical notes, a list of characters with pronunciation assistance and bromides to open each chapter. With action scenes, a colorful setting and narrow escapes, it reads less like a whodunit than an adventure story, albeit a lively one." - Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Gary Corby has 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.
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I won't go into the plot details except to say that young Nicolaos has been sent to the Greek cities of Ephesus and Magnesia in Persian-constrolled Ionia (Turkey), to investigate the murder of an Athenian merchant. Nicolaos takes with him the rescued daughter of an exiled Greek politician who poses an existential threat to Athens' new democracy. The action that follows is well laid out and the author does a fine job of evoking the time period, places and customs.
This is a good read with abundant humor threaded throughout. While the period is different, look to Gary Corby to compete well with Lindsay Davis in this genre. My only small qualm with this series is the cover design that the publisher has chosen for it. The cartoons are meant to suggest the humor aspect of the book, but it's overkill in my opinion.