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The Marathon Conspiracy by Gary Corby
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The Marathon Conspiracy

by Gary Corby

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"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?"--… (more)

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Two schoolgirls from the shrine of Artemis at Brauron find a body in a cave which appears to be that of the former tyrant Hippias who was supposed to have fled back to Persia after the battle of Marathon twenty years ago. One of the girls is later found apparently the victim of a wild bear while the other disappears. Nicolaos and Diotima investigate.

Quick, enjoyable read combining history, detection and humour. The ending reads like it should be the last in the series, but apparently there a fifth and sixth out there. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Nov 23, 2015 |
Another enjoyable light and frothy mystery set in ancient Periclean Greece. This time out, from a young ladies' academy at a temple complex one girl is killed, another has disappeared; later on the fiancé of one of them is found dead in a Sacred Pool on the premises. An unsolved conspiracy of 30 years before involving Hippias, Tyrant of Athens and the Battle of Marathon is involved: who participated, how and why? Partners Nico and ex-priestess Diotima aided by Nico's pesky brother Socrates, set out to solve these mysteries and answer any questions. Delightful!! I like so much how Corby painlessly works in Greek history. Supplementary material at the end is most valuable, only *don't* read until you've read the novel first. Corby treats us to his gentle humor. ( )
1 vote janerawoof | Sep 30, 2014 |
Another good one, although not as many weird Athenian customs. ( )
  MikeRhode | Sep 26, 2014 |
Discover of a skeleton in a cave and disappearance of two girls from temple to Artemis leads to reopening of concerns about a conspiracy before the battle of Marathon. I like Corby's comment, "I find it interesting that the first people in history to give their lives for democratic freedom were two gay men and a woman" referring to Harmodius, Aristogeiton and Leana who conspired against the tyrant Hippias.
  ritaer | Jun 3, 2014 |
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