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The Pericles Commission by Gary Corby
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bookshelves: historical-fiction, mystery, 2011

This book had a fun concept (solving a murder in newly democratic Athens) and covered an interesting time (apparently) historically accurately. I'm only giving it three stars, though, because of the writing style. First, I thought it felt overly simplistic and written down -- it sounds like a young adult novel at times, and I don't think it's supposed to (given that a courtesan is a main character, etc.). Second, I had a hard time keeping track of the characters, even with the character list in the front of the book. Few of the characters had any real personality, and with all the unfamiliar names, they just blended together. This probably goes in hand with the simplistic writing -- everyone seemed two dimensional.

Still, an entertaining story with some good history thrown in. Worth reading as a light interlude between denser books.
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Reading Progress

November 14, 2011 – Shelved
Started Reading
December 1, 2011 – Finished Reading
December 7, 2011 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
December 7, 2011 – Shelved as: mystery
July 22, 2012 – Shelved as: 2011

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