Bias, the minor priest of Poseidon, is sent from his home in the Greek city-state of Priene in 650 BC, throughout ancient Ionia wending his way through political intrigue, solving messy murders while attempting to stay clear of the dark miasma that clings to those who deal with such things.as untimely deaths. Can his deity keep him safe, when women, men, slaves, and worst of all, politicians are all keeping him from the truth?
Bias is at it again in his third book. He is dispatched to the Oracle at Didyma to gain knowledge on how the Ionian League should react to the recent aggressive advances of the powerful army of the king of Lydia. Second only to the great Oracle at Delphi in the ancient Greek world, Didyma is rampant with intrigue, confusing predictions, and sexual fascination.
In ancient Ionia, there are no private detectives. However Bias, the lesser priest of Poseidon Holikonios in Priene, has been asked to solve a private mystery. Kreton, the patriarch of the neighboring estate, suspects his daughter-in-law of carrying on with someone other than her husband. Bias must find out in this short story sequel to Murder at the Festival of Apaturia.
Bias of Priene is back! In the much awaited sequel to Murder at the Panionic Games, Bias must once again put his deductive powers to work to save his city-state from the miasma of death. When a young Lydian man is found dead on the first day of the festival of Apaturia, the lesser priest of Poseidon Holikonios, Bias is conscripted to solve the murder!
Set in the Greek city-state of Priene in 650 B.C., this fascinating murder mystery opens with Bias, the protagonist, being stalked by a murderer at the sacred grounds of the Panionion, the religious and political center of the Ionic League. As Bias crouches at the back of a cave, he recalls the events of the previous weeks which led him to his predicament.