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Murder on Olympus

(Plato Jones #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  73 reviews
At first glance, the Gods of Olympus are as different from one another as salt is from sugar. Despite their bickering, they share a universal bond, a thread of commonality that unites them.

They’re all jerks.

After a stint with the Olympic Bureau of Investigation, Plato Jones is through with the Gods and their political games. Against his protests, he's drawn into a murder
Paperback, 376 pages
Published April 11th 2013 by Dragonfairy Press (first published March 1st 2011)
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Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Murder on Olympus by Robert B. Warren after requesting it due to the mix of fantasy and mystery. I was not disappointed, as the author did full service to both genres. The mystery is very fast paced, with short chapters keeping the story moving along nicely. Although I am very familiar with Greek mythology, I did not foresee the twist that resolved the mystery. Warren also handled the fantasy well, providing enough background that someone not knowledgeable with Greek myths s ...more
B.R. Crichton
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book I have read in a very long time.
Robert B. Warren has taken the mythical Gods of Olympus and placed them in a very modern setting, skillfully putting them in the spaces that politicians and celebrities fill in the real world. The result is an entirely believable world where omnipotent beings rub shoulders with mortals and Demi-gods as they go about their business of rule and debauchery.
The writing style is reminiscent of other detective stories where the lead character narra
Angie Lisle
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A murder-mystery that reads like a pulp detective novel. Well-written Noir style prose creates fast-paced action. The main character - Plato Jones, a divorced private investigator - is based on the hero archetype, giving this book/series a strong appeal for male audiences.

There is a slight paranormal/fantasy twist to the genre - the clients, victims, and suspects are Greek gods. The gods have adapted to life in the modern world - Aphrodite is a socialite, Ares has become a rock star. It will be
Diantha Jones
Originally posted at DJ's Book Corner

As someone who likes to read mythology books as much as I like to write them, I had pretty high expectations for this book. And guess what? This book met them. It was fun, HILARIOUS, and full of up-to-no-good Greek gods!

Plato Jones is a "retired" OBI agent that used to kick butt and take names for the gods of Olympus. He quit and started up his own agency, wanting never to deal with the gods and their games again.

Yeah, whatever. After a few gods are found dea
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This book was part of the blog tour I received a copy for my honest review
Plato Jones used to work for the Olympic Bureau of Investigation now he is a private investigator with his own firm that is close to shutting down. When he is asked to help find out who is killing Zeus and Heras children he initially says no, he has no love for the Gods but eventually he gives in . Plato has to deal with his ex-wife who wants him to want her back, people trying to kill him, Aries as his partner and Hermes
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Now,I won this book during a giveaway and don't worry my review will not be affected by this event.
So... Robert B. Warren is awesome . I had very high expections for this book and I know I probably shouldn't have done that but I mean... I just get really excited about greek mythology
(Disneys's Hercules and Percy Jackson.Oh YA!) As I was reading Murder on Olympus, I had absolutely NO idea who the killer was,like HOLY MOLEY!! There were suspects everywhere!!
Let's just say, you'll probably have n
Crystal Spence
Ok. I finished this book at like 4 am and I LOVED it!!!! I absolutely LOVED this concept!!! I read through this book fairly fast and I loved the short chapters making it easy to stop and do other things and then come right back. I loved how the author joined the Greek Gods into normal society and created a whole new world. I liked the mystery as well. It was well put together and the conclusion was perfect! I can not WAIT for the next Plato Jones books to come out! I want it NOW!! The author too ...more
Tim Hicks
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
A very nice lightweight read. Recommended as a companion piece for a big heavy trilogy.

Plato is a generic wisecracking never-quit Private Eye.
He used to work for the Greek gods, who are still around but modernized.
They want him to investigate an apparently-impossible murder.
This calls for a guy who doesn't give up easily.

Good plot, recognizing much of what is known about quite a few members of the Greek pantheon.

I'll look for the sequel.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this book through a Library Thing giveaway. I am grateful to Library Thing for the opportunity to read and review this book, and as always, receiving a book for free does not alter my opinion of it.

I have to admit, I entered this giveaway because this seemed like a book my husband would really enjoy. He is a huge fan of detective stories, and of Greek mythology. The combination seemed perfect for him. What I was not expecting was that I would also rea
Lily at Bookluvrs Haven
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven.

I am not sure when or how, but I had seen this cover and had read this blurb, and wanted to read it. When it was offered for review, I jumped on it. Though it felt like it took me a while to get through this novel, it was SO MUCH FUN!

Plato is the stereotypical P.I. Sarcastic, hurting for money, a bit of a boozer and a bachelor. He enjoys driving his ex-wife crazy, and enjoys oogling beautiful women and their errrr... assets. But he also once worked
Brian Palmer
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
The story was interesting enough, but it was buried in quite a bit of awkward writing. I'd probably recommend this to somebody just starting to shift to longer novels, but otherwise, I'd recommend staying away. I suspect it was intended to be young adult fiction, although the copy I was reading didn't seem to indicate as such.

The writing was simple, either intentionally or not, with very short chapters. The main character, Plato Jones, had his moments and kept the hard-boiled attitude going fai
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well what can I say this book has everything it needs to be a great private eye read and then some. Oh apart from this private eye story is a bit different as the people being investigated are the Greek Gods, yes the Greek Gods!
What with Zeus and Hera being known as the First Family, the fact they have their own version of the FBI called the OBI (Olympus Bureau of Investigation), Hercules not wanting to end up on the internet and sibling rivalry literally to die for what more could you want fro
Greta is Erikasbuddy
This is one of the best books that I have read all year!

Full of humor and crime scenes "Murder on Olympus" will keep you up all night just itching to figure out what happens next.

I loved how the characters interacted with each other and great/modern/fun/loving the Gods were. This book is great!!

It's the perfect guy/girl book. So, if you are looking for a Father's Day gift for your bookworm Dad... GET THIS BOOK!!

Also, if you are looking for a lighter more fun Harry Dresden then might I suggest Pl
Lynn Nyer
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Good mystery, well written with characters that you care about.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The book I had been hoping for another author's books to really look forward to. Such a fresh take on how humanity would turn out if the Olympian's never left. Plato Jones is a private detective who left the elite Olympus Bureau of Investigation but now the Gods need him back. Their is a God killer on the loose and the public can't know or chaos could rein. When Plato solves this case he knows there will be more and as an abomination as Hera put it I guess there is a mystery as to who he
Liz V.
May 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Olympic gods played out in Greek mythology as prime examples of faults writ large and familial dysfunction personified.

In Murder on Olympus, Warren has brought the gods into the 21st century with all of their unpleasant characteristics, absent the moral underpinnings of the myths.

As well, modern technology being what it is, that used in this 2013 book is outdated already.
Jacki C.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading stories with the Old Gods in them.
May 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: y-a, fantasy
First of all, the author is a great storyteller. The plot is very easy to read, everything is clear and it just flows. Some books take a real effort to get through (not because they're bad, it's just that you get confused if you miss out even a word) and this is not one of them- a great light read and very enjoyable.

I love the basis of the plot. There is always something magical when it comes to Greek mythology, and the clever modern twist in this makes it even better. The characters are interes
It is rare when I see and read a book that interests me outside the romance genre. Murder on Olympus was one of those rare non-romantic titles that caught my eye and intrigued me enough to step outside my comfort zone. Initially, my eye was caught by the title and its use of the word “Olympus”. I love Greek mythology; it was through these stories of gods and goddesses, heroes and warriors that I developed my love of the paranormal. Seeing this title brought back that rush of nostalgia and I had ...more
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Someone or something is killing the children of Zeus and Hera, and finding the truth requires our hero, Plato Jones, Private Investigator to delicately dance with notoriously techy and arrogant Gods. Robert Warren has penned a super start to a fun series that will delight readers of mysteries! Plato Jones, Private Investigator, used to work for the government’s super specialized investigative agency. After leaving over a disagreement with policy decisions, he is struggling to make ends meet with
I loved this book! I'm a huge fan of Greek mythology so anything that features it is an auto-buy for me. Combining Greek mythology with a murder mystery? Genius!

What I liked:

Everything. But to be more specific...

The Greek gods - The gods were true Greek gods - mercurial, proud, vindictive. I can't stand neutered portrayals of Greek mythology where the gods are peaceful, loving, happy, benevolent individuals who refuse to interfere in the affairs of mortals. I'm all for new spins on old character
Brenda Ayala
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-4-review
Murder on Olympus is great. It's a fresh take on the Greek gods, one that I loved for its ability to stay close to the original mythology while still managing to bring some new information and plots to the scenario.

Plato Jones got away with way more than I think he should have. He was pretty insubordinate and disrespectful to pretty much all the gods, all of which are supposed to have dire tempers. Yet they all put up with it with grace, which I thought was pretty nice of them to say the least.
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books-owned
I was given this free e-book in return for a honest review. So here goes...

At first glance, the Gods of Olympus are as different from one another as salt is from sugar. Despite their bickering, they share a universal bond, a thread of commonality that unites them.

They’re all jerks.

After a stint with the Olympic Bureau of Investigation, Plato Jones is through with the Gods and their political games. Against his protests, he's drawn into a murder investigation, where the murderer's targ
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Upon receiving this book, I was requested to write an honest review. Here you go:

I picked up this book because I am a complete sucker for Greek mythology. Also being a huge Percy Jackson fan, I was curious as how Warren was going to illustrate the whole Greek-Gods-in-modern-times theme. And who doesn't like a good mystery?

The characters were well written. I actually enjoyed reading about ever single character and liked seeing how they fit in the picture. As main characters go, Plato Jones is

J. Else
Nov 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Main character: Plato Jones, PI. A self-described “boozing, womanizing kid.”

Setting: Mt. Olympus where the Greek Gods reign supreme. Wait, where does the modern world fit into this? There is no establishment of where this reality fits.

Plot: Nope, doesn’t seem to be one. Just blatant sexism. It took little time to truly dislike the narrator, Plato Jones. His point of view was so disgusting and objectifying. Every woman introduced was either a complete airhead or a woman with a "nice rack and a
Ruty  B
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, fantasy
Murder on Olympus is a refreshing, original story that presents gods and goddess that lives among us. A former worker of the Olympic Bureau of Investigation, Plato Jones is now a private investigator. After Gods start appearing dead he sees himself involved again with them and their world.

In the world created by Robert B. Warren, The Gods of Olympus are celebrities, they are known by the whole world, the paparazzis follow them everywhere and “they cannot be killed” (until now). This world seems
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, fantasy
The thing I don't like about this book start with the main character: Plato Jones is a detective and ladies man. He's divorced for being married to his job, although his ex-wife isn't quite over him. He drinks cheap beer and the best scotch available, hangs out with his buds -- they call each other Herc and PJ -- and has an expensive TV and an old but hip car. He is, in short, a bro. In fact, he's bro-tastic ... bro-dacious.
And I can't stand him. He's got a certain smugness I associate with 1970
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really had trouble with putting this one down. The closest thing I can compare it to is Percy Jackson for grown ups. It is supposed to be the first novel in a series that follows a private investigator by the name of Plato Jones. He is a bit hard on his luck: his agency is struggling, he is divorced and still in love with his ex-wife, and the Gods of Olympus seem to have no trouble with wreaking havoc in his world.

In this world, the gods walk among us, and in fact, are the social and political
Laurie: Almost Faemous
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-read
I received a copy of Murder on Olympus from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Now that that is out of the way on to the review. I have been caught up lately in the Game of Thrones series and after 4 books of that Murder on Olympus was a refreshing change and exactly what I needed after 3500 pages of heavy epic fantasy. This was a fun light read with lots of humor throughout and it was a pleasant change to finish a book in a day versus a week.

Robert Warren creates a really inte
Jackie Fire and Ice Book Reviews (blog)
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I love to read anything that is about the greek gods. This book was great, it was full of action and mystery, and i loved every moment of it!

Plato jones knows how mush of a jerk the olympian gods can be, and this time is no different. After a few murders on olympus, Plato is forced by the head man himself Zeus, to investagate the murders. Although Plato has agreed to do it, it isn't enough for the head lady Hera. While Plato is inv
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A fan of thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction, Robert B. Warren has been writing stories ever since he could hold a pencil. In 2009, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and creative writing from the University of Alabama—Roll Tide! He currently lives in the South.

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