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The Ionia Sanction by Gary Corby
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Sep 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, mystery-historical
Read from September 23 to 27, 2011

Nicolaos, the only private investigator in ancient Athens, has a problem. The Ephesian ambassador is dead, and Nicolaos let the murderer get away.

Pericles, the ruler of Athens, sends the embarrassed Nicolaos to Ephesus, a Greek enclave in the Persian Empire, to hunt for the killer and do a little spying on Themistocles, a traitor to Athens. Nico is more than eager to go since the luscious Diotima, the woman he loves, is currently serving as priestess at the temple of Artemis there.

The characters are quarrelsome, clever and sometimes downright funny as they keep backstabbing one another, forming new alliances, and speaking in double entendres. Amidst all this, Nico must decide where his loyalties lie while there's still time to stop the Persians from invading Athens. Full of real historical figures and fascinating insights into Greek and Persian culture, The Ionia Sanction is a delightful romp.

I really liked this book. Nicolaos is a very engaging character, and I enjoyed that his friends and family were actual ancient Greeks -- including his pesky, philosophical little brother Socrates!

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