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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

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

The Pericles Commission, by Gary Corby

The Pericles Commission The Pericles Commission - Gary Corby

This is a fun little historical mystery, the first in a series (so far, three) set in ancient Greece.  This one is set in Athens, in 461 B.C.


I like how many of the characters are known ancient residents (the author has a convenient cast of characters at the front, with asterisks next to those who are known real people). 


It starts with a body falling to the ground in front of the feet of the protagonist, Nikolaus, a sculptor's son, and ventures off into political intrigue, sexual politics, the patronage of the arts, and international banking, among other places.  There was a lot explained about the rights of women, the legal and political structure, and how people actually lived, among other things, and all done without info-dumping.  I also did not see any historical errors that jumped out at me.  If you like the Falco books, you might try this one; it has something of a similar tone.


It was a lot of fun, and I plan to read the next one as soon as I can get it from my local library.