In the Shadow of the Bull
by Eleanor Kuhns
July 17 - August 11, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Ancient Crete, 1450 BC. In a world of Goddess worship, sacred snakes and sacrifice, human jealousy, resentment, and betrayal still run wild . . .
When her sister Arge drops to the floor in convulsions and dies at her wedding, fifteen-year-old Martis, a young poet and bull leaper in training, is certain she was murdered. The prime suspect is the groom, Saurus, from the Greek mainland, but when Arge's shade visits Martis, swearing Saurus is not the murderer, Martis vows to uncover the truth.
As Martis begins asking questions, she discovers that while Arge may have had no secrets, many of the people around her certainly do.
Praise for In the Shadow of the Bull:
"This complex, character-driven mystery is loaded with fascinating historical details"
~ Kirkus Reviews
Genre: Historical Mystery
Published by: Severn House
Publication Date: July 2023
Number of Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781448310869 (ISBN10: 1448310865)
Series: An Ancient Crete Mystery (#1)
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Kuhns's wonderful and easy-to-read writing makes the ancient setting on the island of Crete fairly leap off the page. Her well-described images - sights, sounds, and smells - were so evocative I felt as if I were with Martis every step of the way. Her amateur investigation follows a sensible path, and she is able to suspend her own prejudices to get to the truth. Despite being a young woman rather than a child, Martis reminded me somewhat of Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce in attitude and spirit. I can hardly wait for her next adventure!
With its unique setting, fresh time period, and likable main character, I recommend IN THE SHADOW OF THE BULL to readers who enjoy historical mysteries with a touch of paranormal elements, especially those with an interest in ancient Crete.
Eleanor Kuhns is the 2011 winner of the Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America first mystery prize for A Simple Murder. That was the first in the Will Rees series. She went on to write ten more.
In the Shadow of the Bull is the first in the Ancient Crete Mystery series.
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