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Oracles of Delphi

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  12 reviews
All Althaia wants on her trip to Delphi is to fulfill her father's last wish and enjoy time away from her tiresome new husband. Finding the body of a young woman on the altar of Dionysos in the theater of the Sacred Precinct on her first day in town is not in her plans. Neither is getting involved in the search for the killer, falling for the son of a famous priestess, or ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published October 15th 2014 by Blank Slate Press
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3,5 stars

I have to confess I hadn’t heard about the Oracle of Delphi before this and I realized how little I actually know about ancient Greece.

Althaia is a privileged young woman from Athens but thanks to her lenient and loving father she’s had more rights than most women. She has knowledge to perform an autopias on a dead body, which becomes handy when a dead woman is found.

I liked Althaia, Theron and her two slaves. Praxis was almost like a brother to her even though he was a slave and it was
Carrie Slager
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook in conjunction with the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.]

I have to admit that I’m not usually one for murder mysteries set in ancient times. They always seemed a little bit cheesy to me, with the investigators using modern techniques that the ancients really did not use. However, I thought Oracles of Delphi sounded pretty cool and was worth a try. Good thing I did because I would have missed out on a pretty good book if I hadn’t.

Althaia is a f
Erin Al-Mehairi
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oracles of Delphi is a true tale of mystery and adventure in ancient Greece! I adore ancient historical reads, especially mysteries, so I was especially thrilled to dive into this book. Once I did, I moved quickly through it’s pages. Elegantly written, wonderful dialogue, and with an air of the ancient world suspense that Elizabeth Peters brings to readers. These are the kind of books I used to stay up late into the night reading in my younger years, and apparently, that still hasn’t changed!

Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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Althaia of Athens is on a pilgrimage to fulfill her deceased father's last wishes. However, when they arrive in Delphi, the body of a young women is found upon an alter and Althaia's tutor, Theron is asked to investigate. Althaia, trained in Egypt in the art of autopsia, assists with the cause of death. When it is discovered that the woman was connected to the Pythia of the Oracle of Gaia, Althaia, Theron and her slaves and plunged into the ongoing conflict between the Oracle of Apollon and the ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"Oracles of Delphi" is a historical mystery set in the ancient city of Delphi. This is a fascinating historical fiction tale with a lot of good historical detail. This book takes place in fourth century Greece, a time and place I have not read a lot about (this book was a great opportunity for armchair traveling). This book gave me a good opportunity to visit someplace new through my reading while being entertained by this mystery.

What made those books so interesting to me is that we really get
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Murder, Mystery and Mayhem in Ancient Greece.

I couldn't wait to read this book, and quickly zipped through the story. This well written historical novel revolves around incidents occurring at Delphi. Sound familiar? Most people know of the Oracle at Delphi, but did you know of the cult of Gaia? The Earth Mother and Apollo sharing the same sacred land. Well, as you may guess, two powerful deities cannot share a sacred spot without problems. Murder...

The main characters of this novel are Althaia
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Historical setting? Check.
Murder/Mystery? Check.
Fascinating plot? Check.

I love a good murder mystery and if you mix it with historical fiction, it’s even better. I love that there isn’t all of the doodads that we see on CSI and shows of that ilk. There is detective work, there is a swift moving plot and it is never slow. Althaia, Theron and her slaves are wonderful characters and are well balanced. They’re well rounded and quite complex. That is always the fun part to me; to see how the author w
I really liked Althaia, her mentor Theron and both her slaves. They were all sympathetic while also having some degree of complexity. Yet I was struck by how many of the characters who lived in Delphi were actively engaged in criminal activities. It was as if the nature of Delphi as a place where people went for assistance and advice encouraged the convergence of thieves and confidence men prepared to take advantage of them. There were also many valuable objects within the Sacred Precinct that s ...more
Leonide Martin
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Take a couple of murders with passion and intrigue, mixed with colorful characters and set in ancient Delphi, and you've got a nice recipe for time period mysteries. Althaia of Athens, a wealthy noble, journeys with her contingent to Delphi to fulfill her recently deceased father's wishes. There she becomes involved with priests and priestesses of two competing oracles (Gaia and Apollon) in trying to solve the murders. Althaia has unusual training in performing autopsies that she acquired in Egy ...more
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I personally love books that grab my attention from the first page! "Oracles of Delphi" was one of those books. I loved the plot of a murder mystery in Ancient times. This was a great and fun read. The author kept my attention the entire time and I was constantly anticipating what would happen next!
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