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A Murder in Thebes Hardcover – 22 Apr 1999

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (22 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312195850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312195854
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,026,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Yes, Paul Doherty, UK's busiest history/mystery writer, pops up in a US edition only for his newest (and last) pseudonym. Apparently from now on all his books will be published under the DOHERTY byline but I'll believe that when I see it. Perhaps this particular period is not his strongest-readers of his first Apostolou pointed out some mistakes-but followers of this highly successful writer will not need much encouragement to have a go at this title.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Second Book in the Series 15 Nov. 2006
By J. Chippindale - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a novel by Paul Doherty writing as he so often does under a pseudonym. Paul Doherty is the consummate professional when it comes to writing historical mystery novels. I for one do not know how he can be so prolific with his offering of books and yet make sure that each of them is well researched. Whether they be 13th, 14th, or fifteenth century they are always true to the period. He also writes about Ancient Egypt and now he has taken to writing about Alexander the Great.

This is the second book in the Alexander mysteries. The books are very enjoyable as Paul Doherty's books always are, but in the case of these offerings, historically the truth may be bent more than a little, which may offend some purists, but the book is a novel and there to entertain rather than give a history lesson.

Thebes has succumbed to the unstoppable war machine of Alexander the Great, and the days following are filled with murder and intrigue. Lysander and Memmon, two of Alexander's favourite officers have been killed by a dangerous spy, and Alexander's rule is precarious until he solves the dangerous riddle of Oedipus' crown.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Lackluster follow up to a wonderful novel. 17 Dec. 2000
By Edward Alexander Gerster - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What more could you ask for in setting and plot? Staging a mystery among the ranks of Alexander the Great's troops, during the early years of his reign. It should be a sure fire success, especially for such an esteemed writer of historical fiction. But the drab Israelite Miriam, who is the sleuth in these tales, serves as a voice of criticism of a culture that the writer clearly doesn't understand.
I mean this in the fact that the 'history' is excellent, the plotting is well done, but the constant remarks deriding Greek culture and religion is simply ignorant. A shame.
Add to this the distraction that the reader is constantly assaulted with mispellings and errors in grammar every few pages, showing that some editor should have lost their job over this one. :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
fictional yet believable 22 Aug. 2000
By Francesca Jourdan - Published on
Format: Paperback
This novel is set during the times of Alexandra the Great. The murder of two close officers, Lysander and Memnon, endanger Alexander's rule and to rid the danger he has to unravale the mysteries behind Oedipus' crown. Lysander was betrayed to the Thebans, who did it ? Memnon was in a guarded locked chamber yet fell to his death, who did it ? Macedonian sentires perished during the night, who did it ? Is the spirit of Oedipus reaving havoc on the Macedonian empire ? This is an exciting historical whodunit, chilling and entertaining with lively characters.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
a neat and tidy mystery 31 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
After reading the first book in this short lived series, I simply had to read the next one. A Murder in Thebes is not THE best mystery I've ever read, but it is was still a pleasing read. The heroine, Miriam, was a captivating character, however, Simione, her brother felt 2D. I especially appreciated the involvement of Alexander and the political intrigues in that period. Overall: worth reading if you're a fan of Alexander the Great.
Greece, 336 B.C. 14 Jan. 2009
By Lyn Reese - Published on
Format: Paperback
A Murder in Thebes
A Mystery of Alexander the Great
by Anna Apostolou

The city-state of Thebes is in rebellion and Alexander must once again bring it under Macedonian control before he can take on his greatest challenge, Darius of Persia. To add to his problems, some important Macedonian guardsmen have been murdered, an unknown but possibly Persian spy lurks in his ranks, and the crown of Thebes' legendary hero, Oedipus, has been stolen. To solve these Theben mysteries, Alexander calls upon two trusted Israelite friends, the scribe Simeon and his brilliant sister Miriam. It is Miriam who holds center stage becoming Alexander's principle investigator. In Alexander's multicultural world, an independent free spirited Jewish woman like Miriam might have become the confident of a powerful leader. Most likely, however, she would have been his consort or concubine. Further, her free access throughout Alexander's military camp is problematic, even though the troops view Miriam as more male than female, frequently referring to her male-like body and intelligence.
Greek history is brought to life through references to the plays of Sophocles, Alexander's old tutor, Aristotle, the power of sacred sites and their priestesses, and Alexander's vengeful destruction of Thebes. Olympias, Alexander's mother, also appears. The author focuses on her haughty, scheming side; a more complex representation would present Olympias also as a woman with remarkable leadership ability trying to stay alive in a bloody, turbulent world to ensure the success of her son.
This is the second book in Apostolou's mystery series with Miriam as Alexander's detective. The author, the better known P.C. Doherty, has written two other books on Alexander. The book's historical note is most welcome.
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