This is the third of Barbara Cleverly's books featuring Laetitia Talbot and the action follows almost immediately after The Tomb of Zeus.
The action has moved to Athens, which in May, 1928, is politically very insecure. The first couple of chapters set the scene and introduce some of the characters who hope to manipulate the situation for their own purposes. At last we meet Andrew Merriman, 'scholar and man of action', who has played such a pivotal part in Letty's past. We also meet his wife, Maud. While based in Athens Andrew is writing a life of Alexander the Great which in the current political climate could prove controversial.
The action has moved to October. In an amphitheatre in Athens, a new English translation of Aeschylus's Agamemnon is being rehearsed. Letty and Maud Merriman are watching. Both have played a part in the production and there is much to-ing and fro-ing throughout the evening making sure that everything is right. At the end, it turns out that perhaps things were too 'right', as Agamemnon has been truly murdered in his bath.
Once more Letty is involved in murder and intrigue. In many ways she is the same Letty, but because Cleverly is an excellent writer, she has grown and matured and is less exasperating than in the two previous books. You could argue that this makes A Darker God less funny than the other two, but it is still a clever and absorbing thriller full of interesting people and ideas.
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