Scorpions in Corinth by JM Alvey

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What they say:

The Persian War is over and wealthy Athenians are looking to expand alliances overseas.

Popular playwright Philocles and his actors are hired to take his latest play to Corinth, to promote goodwill between the two cities. But on arrival, their guide and fixer Eumelos drops dead – a victim of poison.

Philocles is convinced someone is out to sabotage the play, and to find out who – and why – he must first uncover the murderer.

But in Corinth the ruling oligarchs seem more interested in commerce than justice. And with the city’s religious brotherhoods pursuing their own vicious rivalries, asking the wrong questions could get an outsider like Philocles killed . . .

What I say:

When I read JM Alvey’s debut novel ‘Shadows of Athens’ back in February 2019 I was so excited to hear that there was going to be a series of murder mysteries set in Ancient Greece. I thoroughly enjoyed the first novel and the introduction of the characters of playwright Philocles, his partner Zosime, and the players.

Book two in the series, Scorpions of Corinth sees Philocles take his play ‘The Builders’ on tour to Corinth. The differences in culture between Athenian society and the society in Corinth were fascinating and so very different. It is clear that JM Alvey’s knowledge and research has created an accurate representation of the differences within different areas of Ancient Greece.

I loved getting to know the recurring characters better in this book, and the murder mystery element of the story was intriguing and kept me guessing throughout the book. It really is a perfect murder mystery in the style of Agatha Christie, but in a completely historic setting, and it works so well that this was an easy 5 star for me.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Orion Books for my ARC in exchange for an honest review, and a special thank you to Alainna Hadjigeorgiou for my physical copy of the book.

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