In the Shadow of the Bull
by Eleanor Kuhns
July 17 - August 11, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
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
The strength of this novel is the historical setting and cultural immersion in ancient Crete. Kuhn's Author's Note at the end adds information about Goddess worship and bull worship, a central aspect of this novel. I like that, even though there is no definitive proof women were included in the bull-dancing, Kuhns included women in the practice.
The mystery aspect of the plot is complex with young Martis exploring many avenues to try to find out who murdered her older sister. That the identity of the murderer was presented to Martis sort of by accident was a bit of a disappointment. There were enough clues that the identity of the villain was not too hard to predict anyway.
This novel will appeal to readers who like a plot deeply immersed in an ancient culture.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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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In the Shadow of the Bull is the first in the Ancient Crete Mystery series.
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