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SusannaG

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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

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 Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
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 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.