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Poison in Athens by Margaret Doody
  

Poison in Athens

Historical Fiction   Thriller / Suspense   
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Part of a series of ancient Greek whodunits from circa 3,300 BC. featuring of all people Aristotle!

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Poison in Athens by Margaret Doody

It is the autumn of 330 BC, and three law cases are exciting Athens. Ergokles' case against the wealthy Orthoboulos for malicious wounding seems to come out well for the dignified man, but shortly afterwards he is found dead of poison, evidently hemlock. His second wife is accused of the crime, and her trial for poisoning sets Athens at odds, as sympathies divide. Her stepson is her greatest enemy, and seems sure that she has done the deed, but there are other candidates. Meanwhile, the most beautiful woman in Athens, Phryne, is accused of impiety, a charge that can carry the death penalty.

Stephanos, in treating himself to brother visits as she tries to recover not only from his wound but from having killed a man, gets close to danger, and his position as a witness could damage his prospects of marriage. Misogyny, political wrath, and lack of judgment bring affairs to a boiling point, stimulating Aristotle to intervene lest the trial of the stepmother break Athens into fragments. He endeavours to solve the mystery with the help of Stephanos, and also with his assistant Theophrastos, who has made a special study of plant and thus of poisons.


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History-mystery buffs will have fun with this * Ink * An enjoyably intricate plot * TLS * A gloriously atmospheric crime tale alive with the breath of history from the classical past * Northern Echo *


About the Author

Margaret Doody

Margaret Doody is a professor of literature at the University of Notre Dame. She is also the author of The True Story of the Novel and is currently working on a new 'Aristotle' novel.

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Publication date

3rd February 2005

Author

Margaret Doody

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Publisher

Arrow

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Thriller / Suspense

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780099468332

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