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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Ross King
Progress: 64 %
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %
Cosmic Quest Cd (Bbc Audio)
Heather Couper
Firedrake's Eye
Patricia Finney
Progress: 15/249 pages

Death Ex Machina

Death Ex Machina (An Athenian Mystery) - Gary Corby

Death Ex Machina is the fifth novel in the series set in classical Athens (I believe the year is 458 BC), the Athens of Pericles and so many other famous ancient Athenians, some of whom are characters in this novel.  (Gary Corby, the author, marks them with an asterisk next to their names in his dramatis personae at the front.)


This time Nicolaos (reputedly the only private investigator in Athens) gets from Pericles the case of the haunted theater.  The time of Athens' great dramatic festival in honor of the god Dionysos is quickly approaching, and the actors and stage crew on Sophocles' tragedy Sisyphus are convinced both the play (they will refer to it only as "the Corinthian Play" - similarity to modern actors' superstitions about "the Scottish Play" fully intended!) and the theater are cursed, haunted by the ghost of Thespis, the first actor, now dead some fifty years.  They are refusing to rehearse, and the integrity of the dramatic festival is threatened.


This venture in the series features spooked stage hands, competitive actors, obsessed fans, the new scandalous drink in town (beer), the professional mourning industry, and why you don't want rats living in your thatched roof.  As well as murder, of course!


I enjoyed this one as much as all the other books in the series - I had a fun spree of a read.