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Aristotle Detective I ve stumbled upon this book by chance, as when making an online purchase I was offered the second volume of this series As I do not like to read series starting by the middle, namely in this genre as, though not always the older cases are needed to understand the background of characters, there are some mentions from time to time that help to understandof the stories It happened to me once, while reading Steven Saylor s A Murder on the Apian Way, and since then I always try to read a se I ve stumbled upon this book by chance, as when making an online purchase I was offered the second volume of this series As I do not like to read series starting by the middle, namely in this genre as, though not always the older cases are needed to understand the background of characters, there are some mentions from time to time that help to understandof the stories It happened to me once, while reading Steven Saylor s A Murder on the Apian Way, and since then I always try to read a series in its straight order However, although I quite liked the said book I feared this historical mystery wouldn t match my expectations, as another previous book, Nick Drake sNefertitiwas a disappointment In this book we follow Stephanos who tries to defend his cousin, Philemon, from the murder of an important figure in the city of Athens Their defence is focused around the fact that Philemon wasn t in town because he had been voted into exile for manslaughter, incurring in the death penalty if he ever came back But Stephanos finds a very thick plot thus requiring the help of his former master, Aristotle I liked the main characters, Stephanos and Aristotle, and found their dialogues very entertaining and philosophical It reminded me some of the interaction between Poirot and Captain Hastings, or even Sherlock and Watson I could not stop laughing at some lines like If Philemon did not do it, someone of the class non Philemon did it Goodbye, Stephanos and, by the way, say nothing of that last purchase of mine, or I ll do you a mischief Think of the lewd jokes it would cause But if ever I seem overbearing and foolishly proud of my intellect, you may always murmur to me, That leather bag contained stones I also thought it curious the interest of Aristotle in pottery and some of his conversations around that topic seemed too similar to others I had while attending classes He seemed just like one of my teachers, but when Aristotle discoursed on Greek pottery, my teacher would have talked about Roman terra sigillata D The story despite having a somewhat predictable end, the killer seemed obvious to me, had sufficient twists to make one stuck to the book The only drawback I can point out is the lack of notes to clarify some of the terms used, as the months or prodikasia However, the context makes it easy to understand what they mean, so it isn t such a fault as that Certainly a book I advise one to read, especially those who like mysteries set in Classical Antiquity For the first half of this book, Aristotle is a detective in the same way as Nero Wolfe detecting from his armchair Later he goes out to seek some answers himself Stephanos, his former student, is the active participant in the detecting Lots of philosophical points made, if you can catch them e.g., at one point Aristotle says, If Philemon did not do it, someone in the class non Philemon did it That s Aristotle all right proving theorems and building hypotheses. Stephanos is a na ve young Athenian in a tight position His father has recently died his only surviving male relative, Philemon has fled into exile after killing a man in a fight his property is encumbered by a debt he can t repay he has a house full of women to support and little to manage it with When cousin Philemon is accused of a murder that Stephanos has stumbled upon by accident one morning, Stephanos must dodge the charge of collusion while assuming the role of defender, lining hims Stephanos is a na ve young Athenian in a tight position His father has recently died his only surviving male relative, Philemon has fled into exile after killing a man in a fight his property is encumbered by a debt he can t repay he has a house full of women to support and little to manage it with When cousin Philemon is accused of a murder that Stephanos has stumbled upon by accident one morning, Stephanos must dodge the charge of collusion while assuming the role of defender, lining himself up against Athens richest and best.But Stephanos has assets he greatly underestimates a slumbering intelligence an unexpected gift for rhetoric obstinacy a latent talent for petty deceit and an unexpected ally in his old teacher, Aristotle.In the absence of a formal police force and faced with the thorough process of Athenian law, Stephanos finds himself asking Aristotle for help Students of Ancient Greek philosophy might be surprised to learn that Aristotle, son of Nichomachus, famous for his writings on ethics, politics, biology, metaphysics and aesthetics, has an interest in detection But will the worthy pedagogue get the better of Stephanos s foes And will Stephanos survive long enough for Aristotle s suspicions to reach a conclusion Margaret Doody s first crime novel first published in 1978 and recently reissued by Random House combines her twin interests of ancient history and detective fiction in an account of Ancient Athens rich in authentic detail A particular crime novel, set in the streets of ancient Athens, during the expansion of Alexander the Great While Stefanos, young and inexperienced, as the eldest son of his late father Nichiarco, tries to fulfill his duties with regard to the family, finds himself having to defend his cousin charged with the murder of the rich Buotades Being in trouble, decide to seek help from his old teacher, Aristotle So begins a race against time to prove the innocence of his cousin, but at the same time A particular crime novel, set in the streets of ancient Athens, during the expansion of Alexander the Great While Stefanos, young and inexperienced, as the eldest son of his late father Nichiarco, tries to fulfill his duties with regard to the family, finds himself having to defend his cousin charged with the murder of the rich Buotades Being in trouble, decide to seek help from his old teacher, Aristotle So begins a race against time to prove the innocence of his cousin, but at the same time to find the real murderess.The story is engaging, the setting is original and intriguing, the rhythm is smooth It s the first time I read a story set in this period of history andthan once I found the need to refresh my knowledge of history I didn t know the author and I didn t have many expectations, but I must say it was an enjoyable read.Noteworthy are the descriptions of the life and the Greek towns, the manners and customs, as well as accurate descriptions of the judicial processes of the time.It s fascinating the figure of Aristotle, teacher of rhetoric and logic that presents itself as a guide for the young, helping with reflections and recommendations and providing the right deductions to arrive to the truth.Overall a good crime novel, perhapsfor the original setting This was marvellous I love detective stories and I especially love detective stories set in well researched history As a Classicist by formal eduction I ve been looking for something set in Ancient Athens for a while.This ticks all boxes and the best thing It s the first of a series ARISTOTLE DETECTIVE is a fun, straightforward mystery novel set in Athens during the reign of Alexander of Macedonia Margaret Doody appropriates Aristotle, arguably the second greatest of all philosophers, as her leading character in this detective series In this, the inaugural story, he enables a former student to clear the name of his cousin who is falsely accused of murder The plot is fairly predictable, but yet good enough that I will read further in this series. Having missed the vast majority of references and allusions, suitable appreciation of this book is precluded by my ignorance of ancient Greece One could spend hours looking up terms and names, if only those for different kinds of pots, let alone what it would take to check the myriad of myths and legends It speaks for the book that this ignorance is not an impediment to enjoyment I should read it again with a classical encyclopedia at hand. Athens BC A City Uneasy Under The Sway Of The Macedonian Alexander The Great, Now Fighting He King Of Persia For Control Of The East In This Time Of Fresh Ambition And Furtive Discontent, An Eminent Citizen Is Brutally MurderedYoung Philemon, An Exile Formerly Guilty Of Manslaughter Is Accused Of The Bizarre Homicide IN His Absence His Cousin And Nearest Male Relative, Year Old Stephanos, Must Conduct Philemon S Defence And Attempt To Clear His Family S Name Of This Bloody MurderStephanos Seeks Help From Aristotle, His Former Teacherand Aristotle Turns DetectiveWhy Did No One Think Of This Before THE TIMESWit In A First Novel Is Rare Enough, And When Allied To The Skilful Unravelling Of A Murder Story Set In Ancient Athens It Makes Us Doubly Grateful For Aristotle Detective DAILY TELEGRAPHEminently Enjoyable COLIN DEXTER The first in a series set in Classical Athens where the philosopher Aristotle investigates mysteries with his young friend, Stephanos Excellent historical research, engaging characters, interesting mysteries. 3.5 Stars fun and well written The series looks promising Will definitely continue.


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