Happy Publication Day! – Scorpions in Corinth by JM Alvey

Scorpions in Corinth by JM Alvey
It’s been a busy couple of months and I know that I’ve not posted on the blog for quite a while, however I couldn’t let today pass without a quick post to celebrate the publication day of JM Alvey’s latest book, Scorpions in Corinth (published by  Orion).

Praise for JM Alvey:

‘An enjoyable debut with a strong sense of its historical setting.’ Antonia Senior, The Times

‘As vivid and lively as a Greek wedding – but with rather more blood!’ Val McDermid

‘I loved it; great sense of place, terrific characters and a cracking plot’ Joanne Harris
‘Historical sleuthing finally gets its grown-up trousers… Finally, someone has taken on Saylor and Davis and brought us out of Rome at last!’ Robert Low


Curious…?  Here’s the blurb for you.


The Persian War is over and wealthy Athenians are looking to expand alliances overseas.

Popular playwright Philocles and his actors are hired to take his latest play to Corinth, to promote goodwill between the two cities. But on arrival, their guide and fixer Eumelos drops dead – a victim of poison.

Philocles is convinced someone is out to sabotage the play, and to find our who – and why – he must first uncover the murderer.

But in Corinth the ruling oligarchs seem more interested in commerce than justice. And with the city’s religious brotherhoods pursuing their own vicious rivalries, asking the wrong questions could get an outsider like Philocles killed…

I’ve not read the book yet, however I did read Alvey’s previous book, Shadow of Athens and found it fascinating.  Murder, sabotage and mystery – what more could you want in a tale?!

The book is available now in paperback or on the Kindle. An audio version is also available, just follow the links below:
For the paperback version, click here.
If you would prefer the Kindle version, click here.
If, like me, you love an audiobook, click here.

JM Alvey - Scorpions in Corinth


About the Author

J M Alvey studied Classics at Oxford in the 1980s. As an undergraduate, notable achievements in startling tutors included citing the comedic principles of Benny Hill in a paper on Aristophanes and using military war-gaming rules to analyse and explain apparent contradictions in historic accounts of the Battle of Thermopylae. Crime fiction was always relaxation reading and that love of mysteries and thrillers continued through a subsequent, varied career, alongside and abiding fascination with history and the ancient world. these interest have all now come together in the first adventure of Philocles Hestaiou, comic playwright and pen for hire in classical Athens.

Website: jmalvey.com

Twitter: @alveyauthor
Facebook: @JM Alvey

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