A Pig in the Roses

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Athens is a city living on its nerves, a city on the verge of war with Sparta. When Diokles - merchant, family man, inquisitive, loyal and a terrible lyre player - finds his wife’s uncle Makron accused of murder, it is his duty to defend him. But this is no simple killing, and Diokles must not only smoke out the truth but risk his own life to protect his wife and children.

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Words: 70,610
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458004741
About Peter Alan Orchard

Peter writes fiction set in the ancient and medieval worlds, including an adventure from the Trojan War ('The Painter of Lemnos') and a whodunit set in fifth-century BC Athens - 'A Pig in the Roses'. The Ulf of Leystoke short stories feature an Anglo-Saxon farmer turned ironsmith in ninth-century England, while 'Voices from the Past' is a collection of short stories set in periods from Bronze Age Greece to medieval England.

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Review by: Lindsay Townsend 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)

Review by: Ellen Endebrock 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)

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