The Athenian Murders by José Carlos Somoza

The Athenian Murders

José Carlos Somoza with Sonia Soto (Translator)

314 pages first pub 2001 (editions)

fiction crime historical mystery mysterious reflective fast-paced


In ancient Athens, one of the pupils of Plato's Academy is found dead. His idealistic teacher Diagoras is convinced the pupil's death is not as accidental as it appears, and asks the famous Heracles Pontor, the "Decipherer of Enigmas," to investig...

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mysterious 100%
challenging 75%
adventurous 50%
dark 50%
reflective 50%
tense 50%
funny 25%


medium 75%
slow 25%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 66% | Plot: 33%

Strong character development?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 33% | No: 33% | Yes: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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