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on Nov. 17, 2012 :
Historical mysteries are among some of my favourite genres and mysteries set in unusual periods are a particular draw. 'A Pig in the Roses' - this is a really apt title - is a mystery set in 5th century Athens. It features a hero, Diokles, who is a merchant and a family man, plus a fascinating array of characters as suspects and friends or foes. Peter Alan Orchard writes in an immediate, vivid way with some nice twists. Instead of the usual high ranking courtesan we see one who is just starting out and seeking to build her reputation. Instead of a down-trodded woman indoors we have Helike, Diokles wife, who is just as determined as he is.
And the stakes? These could not be higher. In an age when there was no regular police force, Diokles has to investigate a murder - or see his uncle punished for it. As he begins to uncover the webs of conspiracy behind the killing there are those in high places who will do anything to stop him from uncovering the truth.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Oct. 29, 2011 :
Really enjoyable, well-written historical whodunit. I enjoyed the author's collection of short stories--Voices from the Past--so much that I thought I'd give his novel a try. I wasn't disappointed. I hope to see more from Mr. Orchard.
(reviewed long after purchase)