Blog Tour: Shadows of Athens by J M Alvey

Hey guys! I was lucky enough to be asked to take part in a blog tour for an exciting new historical release! This book was officially published earlier this week so without further ado, here are my thoughts on Shadows of Athens by J M Alvey!

Here you can find my review of the book as well as all of its details! What more could you want?!


443 BC, and, after decades of war with Persia, peace has finally come to Athens. The city is being rebuilt, and commerce and culture are flourishing.

Aspiring playwright Philocles has come home to find a man with his throat cut slumped against his front gate. Is it just a robbery gone wrong? But, if so, why didn’t the thieves take the dead man’s valuables? With the play that could make his name just days away, he must find out who this man is, why he has been murdered – and why the corpse was left in his doorway.

But Philocles soon realises he has been caught up in something far bigger, and there are those who don’t want him looking any further…


This book follows our main character and playwright for the impending Dionysia, Philocles, as he is neck-deep in preparations for his upcoming performance. Finding a dead stranger slumped against his gate one night doesn’t make life any easier! What first looks like a mugging gone wrong unravels to reveal a much deeper plot at work…

The first thought I had about this book when reading it was that it is so clear that the author has really done their research in regards to life in Athens during this time period! The book is full of authentic names and beliveable comments that took me right back to my lectures on Athens at university. As a history buff, I loved this aspect so much as it made the story much more immersive. The detailed descriptions of settings and actions really fleshed out the plot and made the story easy to imagine, even for someone not all that familiar with ancient Athens.

As for what I disliked, there’s a little bit of a slow start in regards to getting into the meat of the story. Despite knowing quite quickly that there is a dead man left outside the main character’s gate, we then don’t hear much more about it for a while. However, this kept me eager to find out what was so important, especially when little tidbits of information are revealed just at the right time. If you’re a reader who likes background with your murders, then this is a book for you!

I’d most definitely recommend this book for fans of historical fiction who like a detailed narration and perhaps even want to learn a little bit about a new period of history. I’d also say that this is a must read for fans of murder mysteries as I had such a fun time racking my brain to guess the ending!

Published: 7th March 2019

Publisher: Orion

Format: Paperback (£8.99), Kindle (£5.99)

You can check out the thoughts of some other wonderful book bloggers on this book throughout the rest of the Shadows of Athens blog tour!

Are you looking forward to reading this book? I’d love to know your thoughts on it! You can always find me over on Instagram and Twitter if you’d like to discuss this book (or any others that I’ve featured) in more detail 😌

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