The latest addition to my little family of Athenian Mysteries. This is #4 in the series.
The title is a pun on the literary device called deus ex machina. Deus ex machina means a story in which someone or something suddenly appears to wind up the plot very quickly.
Death Ex Machina on the other hand means someone has died. Now our heroes have to find the killer.
It's not out for another five months, but it's just appeared on the various book sites. The fourth book in the Athenian Mysteries is The Marathon Conspiracy, written by some chap named Gary Corby, published by Soho Press (Random House).
I love the cover on this one. In fact, all of them are great. The covers are done by a very talented man named Stefano Vitale who lives in Venice. I the author am in Sydney, and the publisher's in New York. So an international effort all round.
Congratulations to the winners of my three lots of giveaways.
If you won a copy then you're about to get an email from me, just to confirm we've got you on the distribution list. If you're on the list and you don't hear from me in the next few hours, do please let me know!
The last tattered shreds of my self-modesty forbid me to comment about a book I wrote. So I'll restrict myself to inserting the Publishers Weekly review. (Click on the post title to take you to the original).
The Olympic Games of 460 B.C.E. form the backdrop for Australian author Corby’s third mystery featuring Athenian investigator Nicolaos (after 2011’s The Ionia Sanction), his best thus far.
Before they even begin, Nico’s oldest friend, Timodemus, a martial arts champion, is goaded into a public fight by his fiercest rival, a Spartan named Arakos. That confrontation makes Timodemus the prime suspect after Arakos is found battered to death.
Desperate to save his friend from summary execution, Nico manages to convince “the Ten Judges of the Games” to give him several days to find the truth. Doing so could avert a war between Athens and Sparta. Partnered with a Spartan, Markos, to avert bias in his findings, and aided by his feisty fiancée, Diotima, Nico has an especially twisted path to tread to reach an answer in time.
Corby integrates the political intrigue of the day with fair-play plotting and welcome doses of humor. Fans of Steven Saylor’s Gordianus novels will be enthralled.
In fact this whole post is a test to see if I can work out how to post anything on BookLikes. All the other posts I have up here are imports from GoodReads Amazon.