A new series set in Ancient Greece - 466 BC. Blackmailed into spying for Spartas hated secret police, High Priestess Ilionas investigations keep turning up the same stories of a one-eyed giant that lives in the hills above Sicily: the legendary Cyclops. But soon Iliona comes to realize that the threat to her country doesnt come from the so-called Cyclops, or even their arch-enemy, Athens; it comes from deep within Sparta itself . . .
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Marilyn Todd was born in Harrow, but now lives in West Sussex with her husband and two cats. Dark Horse is the eighth Roman mystery to feature the beautiful but formidable Claudia Seferius.From Publishers Weekly:
Taking a break from her Roman historical mystery series (Scorpion Rising, etc.), British author Todd shifts to Sparta in 466 B.C. for this undistinguished whodunit. Lysander, commander of the Spartan secret police known as Krypteia, has coerced Iliona, high priestess of the river deity Eurotas, into gathering intelligence for him. Soon several disappearances, coupled with vague eyewitness reports, awaken fears that the legendary one-eyed giant Cyclops has returned to the area to prey on its inhabitants. The bodies pile up as Iliona searches for the culprit and develops an ambiguous relationship with Lysander. Todd's prose and dialogue are practiced and smooth, but she overuses the gimmick of ending many chapters with a brief passage from the gloating killer's perspective. Modern slang (Monsters are always so gross) makes the suspension of disbelief a challenge for all but Todd's most die-hard fans. (Dec.)
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Book Description Severn House Publishers, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Large type / large print. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0727877585