Currently Reading - The Pericles Commission, Gary Corby

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The first book of what seems to be intended as a series, THE PERICLES COMMISSION starts out with potential.  I can't remember any other book of this style that I've read that combines series, with a real sense of humour.  It's making Ancient Athens seem like a real place.

From the Blurb:

Athens, 461BC.  A dead man falls from the sky, landing at the feet of a surprised Nicolaos.

It doesn't normally rain corpses.  This one is the politician Ephialtes, who only days before had turned Athens into a democracy.

Rising young statesman Pericles commissions Nicolaos to find the assassin.  Nico walks the mean streets of Classical Athens in search of a killer, but what's really on his mind is how to get closer - much closer - to Diotima, an intelligent and annoyingly virgin priestess, and how to shake off his irritating twelve year old brother, Socrates . . .

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A dead man fell from the sky, landing at my feet with a thud.  I stopped and stood there like a fool, astonished to see him laying where I was about to step.

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