The Singer from Memphis
Nicolaos, the only private investigator in ancient Athens, discovers that helping an author with his book research can be very dangerous. The would-be author Herodotus has hired Nico and his priestess wife, Diotima, to accompany him to Egypt to res/> ...more
The books can all stand alone, which is fine for the mysteries. But if you want to follow the life story of our…moreSusanna is quite right.
The books can all stand alone, which is fine for the mysteries. But if you want to follow the life story of our hero Nico, and the charming and intelligent Diotima, then you probably want to read in order.
Having said that, a very large number of regular readers began with a book in the middle, then went back to the start.(less)
Set in 456 B.C. this sixth book in the Athenian mystery series combines adventure and intrigue. Nicholaos, a private investigator in Athens, is hired by Herodotus to take him to Egypt. It is dangerous as Egypt is in the middle of a rebellion against Persia. Nicholaos' wife, Diotima, decides to accompany them on this mission that includes a pirate attack, attacks on Nicholaos by both a Spartan and a Persian agent, a vendetta by the Egyptian Public Employee Union and a camel r ...more
There is also a very helpful historical reference at the end of the book where Corby sets us straight with fact vs fiction.
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The witty title refers to a tavern singer called Djanet who will be a contact for Nico, but it turns out that she's part of a move to overthrow the rulers. The Egy ...more
Corby has created the perfect little time machin ...more
At a time when the Middle East is in geopolitical turmoil (not now, but back in ancient Greece ~ 456 BC when Pericles led Athens) Athenian detective Nicolaos (Nico) starts out on an assignment to escort writer Herodotus safely through Egypt’s war zone. Too soon, he finds himself an agent for Athens working with an ...more
Once again Nicolaos, the only private investigator in ancient Athens and an exceptional one at that, tells his story. He is surprised to receive a visit from the up and coming historian, Herodotus who is ...more
It's always fun to return to the ongoing career of detective/agent Nicolaos, the (fictional) older brother of Socrates (though Socrates doesn't really figure in this installment). He and his wife and partner Diotima, along with the reader, re-encounter some old adversaries, traverse difficult terrain, cope with new animals (crocodiles and camels), and learn about the impressive power, antiquity, and self-interest of government bureaucracy.
This is an exciting tour of Egypt with Herodotus, father of History along taking notes! A fun book, the leads have matured at a natural pace and an overall fun adventure set in ancient times with ancient times problems. Well done!
The historical details concerning this Classical Greek period of history are very well researched and explained at the beginning of the book, with also a wonderful timeline, while at the end of the book you'll find a well documented Author's Note.
Also at the beginning of the book you'll notice an interesting list of Real and fictional characters, while a ...more
A historical murder mystery adventure that stretches from Classical Athens to Egypt in the footsteps of the first historian, Herodotus
Nicolaos, the only private investigator in ancient Athens, discovers that helping an author with his book research can be very dangerous. The would-be author Herodotus has hired Nico and his priestess wife, Diotima, to accompany him to Egypt to research that ancient country's history. Unfortunately, Egypt happens to be in the throes of a rebellion against its overlo
I almost missed the ...more
Nicolaos, the ambitious son of a minor sculptor, walks the mean streets of Classical Athens as an agent for the promising young politician Pericles.
Murder and mayhem don't faze Nico; what's really on his mind is how to get closer (much closer) to Diotima, the intelligent and annoyingly virgin priestess of Artemis, and how to shake off his irrit ...more