Death on Delos (Athenian Mystery)
by Gary Corby
Cover Artist: Stefano Vitale
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Soho Crime Hardcover / eBook ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616958213
Date: 11 July 2017
List Price $26.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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In 454 B.C., Nico, an Athenian detective, accompanies his pregnant wife Diotima to the sacred Isle of Delos. She is a priestess who must deliver gifts to the high priest, Anaxinos, in honor of the holy twins, Apollo and Artemis, who were born there. Unfortunately, Pericles, an Athenian politician and general, plans to remove the treasury of the Delian League in order to protect it from Persians who are threatening the Hellenic empire. The Isle of Delos is thrown into chaos as its citizens protest the removal of their sacred treasury. Chief among the protestors is Geros, the oldest, most hated priest. When Nico travels to an abandoned village to secretly meet with Geros and offer him a bribe from Pericles, Geros is found stabbed to death in the heart. Nico and Diotima search diligently to apprehend the killer before Diotima goes into labor. It is illegal to die or give birth on the mysterious and bizarre Isle of Delos.
Product Description: Greece, 545 BC: It is illegal to die on the sacred isle of Delos. It's also illegal to give birth there. Yet when murder is committed, the only available detective to solve the crime is the priestess Diotima, and she is heavily pregnant.
Delos is the holy birthplace of the divine twins Apollo and Artemis, and it is an island in crisis. Not only has murder tainted the holy sanctuary, but there are about a thousand Athenian troops on the island. The army is led by the statesman Pericles and has come to take away the treasury of the Delian League, the defense fund of the Greeks against the Persian Empire. The holy people are in uproar. The Athenians are exasperated. The High Priest of the Delian Apollo is not amused. To cap it off, Diotima's husband and fellow detective, Nicolaos, is implicated in dodgy dealings that link him to the murder.
Somehow Diotima must find the killer, calm the island, and ... oh, yes ... have a baby.
(Source: Soho Crime)
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