A theatrical murder sends classical Athens into uproar It's the time of the Great Dionysia, the largest arts festival of the ancient world, held each year in honor of Dionysos, the god of wine. But there's a problem: A ghost is haunting Athens's grand theater. Nicolaos and his clever partner in sleuthing (and now in matrimony), the priestess Diotima, are hired to rid the theater of the ghost so that the festival can begin. With the help of Theokritos, the High Priest of Dionysos, they exorcise the ghost publicly, while secretly suspecting that a human saboteur is the actual culprit. Their efforts to protect the theater fall short when one of the actors is found hanged from the machine used to carry actors through the air when they play the part of gods. It's quite a theatrical murder. As Nico and Diotima dig into the actor's past, they discover all was not as it seemed. There are enough suspects to fill a theater. As the festival approaches and pressure mounts on all sides, can they hunt down the killer in time? Or will they simply have to hope for a deus ex machina?
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by Gary Corby
by Dianne Freeman
by Nancy Herriman
by Gary Paulsen
"The fifth Nicolaos and Diotima mystery takes place during the largest arts festival of the ancient world, the Great Dionysia. Erik Davies does a serviceable narration, although his energy lags when author Corby explains or defines some piece of Greek minutiae. A series of mishaps has befallen the acting company that is preparing to present SISYPHUS, by Sophocles. The superstitious actors believe a ghost is responsible, but Nicolaos and Diotima are convinced that the culprit is more flesh than phantom. Theokritos, high priest of Dionysos, Nicolaos, and Diotima publicly undertake a fake exorcism. Their efforts fail, however, when one of the actors is found hanged. Davies's characters are credible--and with suspects galore, a clever puzzle, and well-researched ancient history, prepare to learn while you listen. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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