Starred review in PW for Pericles Commission

Publishers Weekly is a trade journal that reviews books, among other vital functions. This morning PW's reviews included The Pericles Commission. The star leading the title is meaningful.

The Pericles Commission

Gary Corby, Minotaur, $24.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-312-59902-7

Those who like their historicals with a touch of humor will welcome Australian author Corby's promising debut, set in fifth-century B.C.E. Greece. When the arrow-pierced body of Ephialtes, the main force behind democratic reform in Athens, literally falls at the feet of Nicolaos, a sculptor's son expected to follow in his father's footsteps, fate hands Nicolaos another career. Ephialtes's politician friend, Pericles, who appears on the scene moments after the murder, is impressed enough by Nicolaos's preliminary conclusions to hire him to solve the crime. Members of the Areopagus, the city's ruling council, had the most to lose from Ephialtes's policies, but the neophyte detective finds that not even his exalted employer is above suspicion. The bodies pile up as the investigation continues, leading to a dramatic climax in which Nicolaos's survival hinges on his cracking the mystery. Corby displays a real gift for pacing and plotting. (Oct.)

Coming as it does after the Library Journal review, I'm on a high!


24 comments:

Jenna Wallace said...

This is fantastic!! So happy for you!

Gary Corby said...

Thanks Jenna. There's been a certain amount of smiling and happiness around the house, I admit.

moonrat said...

YARG!!!! awesome!!!!

Gary Corby said...

Thanks moonrat!

There's a happy shark circling about, too.

Welshcake said...

"Corby displays a real gift for pacing and plotting."

How fab. That shark knows talent when she bites it!

Loretta Ross said...

Totally awesome! Congratulations! :D

Sarah W said...

That's wonderful!

I've already pre-ordered my copy---ahem, I mean my husband's copy. For his birthday. After I've finished reading it. . . :)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Wow, Gary! That's a great review! I have a feeling your book is going to do very well!

SM Schmidt said...

Awesome shiny stars go to the deserving, congrats!

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Congrats, can't wait to read it!

Philangelus said...

Hooray! Now I really can't wait for my copy to arrive!

Gary Corby said...

Thank you everyone.

Yes, it's a lovely shiny red star.

I do hope I get a chance to sign your copy, Sarah. And anyone else's too, of course!

Thanks to everyone who visits this blog for all the amazing support. It really is special.

Ricky Bush said...

Whoop! Kudos, Gary.

Gary Corby said...

Thanks Ricky!

Anthony said...

Awesome, and I like the added details of the plot!

Gary Corby said...

Thanks Anthony.

The amount of plot detail in these reviews has surprised me! If there are many more, will people be able to paste together the entire story?

Leonie Corby said...

Congratulations. I'm getting more impatient about wanting to read it.

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Elizabeth said...

CONGRATS!!! That is awesome.

Gary Corby said...

Thanks Elizabeth. Yes, I'm rather chuffed.

Meghan said...

Very cool!

Gary Corby said...

Thanks Meghan!

T. Anne said...

Hey you rock! But I already knew that. ;0

I have to tell you that you're one of the funniest people who comments on my blog. I always look forward to reading what you have to say.

Gary Corby said...

Thanks Anne!

In return, I'm so impressed at how popular your blog is. You obviously have a knack for it.