I’m beyond excited to have Gary Corby, the guru of all that is Greek and mysterious (because he writes mysteries set in ancient Greece), here today. His latest caper, The Marathon Conspiracy, about Nicolaos, the gumshoe older brother of Socrates, just released last month. Take it away, Gary!

Here’s a trick question.  What country does this statue come

Many people would say Egypt.  It certainly looks Egyptian, doesn’t
it, with the arms by the sides, the left leg forward and the perfectly
symmetrical body.
It is in fact Greek.  The statue is a kouros, a grave monument to a young man.  This one is in the Metropolitan Museum in New York, but
there are loads of these kouros statues dotted around the world’s museums, and
every one of them looks just like this one.  The pose is always exactly
the same Egyptian stance
Archaic Greek statues look Egyptian because
the Greeks thought their culture came from ancient Egypt.  It was like a little boy copying his
big brother.  Many people don’t
realize the ancient Greeks also had sphinx statues, and the sphinx is about as
Egyptian as you can get. 
When an ancient Greek wanted to go on a study
tour to a place of higher learning, he hopped on the next boat going south to
Egypt.  Solon the Wise did exactly
that (and came back with an unfortunate tale about some place called
Atlantis).  Egypt is the only place
we know for sure that Herodotus visited. 
Alexander the Great visited Egypt, bringing a few friends with him.   
Another odd circumstance is that a lot of
the graffiti to be found on Egyptian monuments is written in ancient
Greek.  Greeks liked to hire out as
mercenaries, you see.  Many of them
found work in Egypt, where like soldiers everywhere they wrote the ancient
Greek equivalent of “Kilroy was here.”
So just as we look back on Greece as the
source of our civilization, the Greeks themselves revered Egypt as the source
of theirs. 
writes murder mysteries set in classical
Greece.  You can typically find him
at garycorby.com.
 Synopsis: Nicolaos, Classical Athens’s favorite sleuth, and his partner in
investigation, the clever ex-priestess Diotima, have taken time out of
their assignments to come home to get married. But if Nico was hoping
they’d be able to get hitched without a hitch, he was overly optimistic.
When they arrive in Athens, there’s a problem waiting for them.

Sanctuary of Artemis is the ancient world’s most famous school for
girls. When one of the children is killed, apparently by a bear, and
another girl disappears in the night, Diotima’s childhood teacher asks
her former pupil to help them. Diotima is honor-bound to help her old

Meanwhile a skull discovered in a cave not far from the
sanctuary has proven to be the remains of the last tyrant to rule
Athens. The Athenians fought the Battle Marathon to keep this man out of
power. He was supposed to have died thirty years ago, in faraway
Persia. What are his remains doing outside the city walls?

Nico’s boss, the great Athenian statesman Pericles, wants answers, and he wants Nico to find them.

makes it all so ominous is that the skull was discovered by the two
students of the Sanctuary of Artemis who are dead and missing.

does a decades-dead tyrant have to do with two young girls?  Where is
the missing child?  Is a killer bear really lurking beyond the walls of
Athens? And who is the mysterious stranger who’s trying to kill Nico and
Diotima? Can the sleuths solve the interlocked crimes and save a child
before their wedding?