The element -inth in Greek
In a small Cretan village, Ingrid Laurie studiously researches a biography of the neglected linguist Alice Kober, who laid the basis for the decipherment of the ancient Cretan script Linear B. Meanwhile, policeman Yiannis Stephanoudakis discovers a bizarre naked corpse covered in honey and dead bees. When their paths cross erotic sparks fly.
Mingling detective fiction and biography, modern romance and prehistoric marriage ritual, Alison Fell probes the mysteries of love and language in this luminous novel.
‘Ancient signs and symbols of sex and death re-erupt in a burning Greek landscape . . . a compelling chase through patterns of desire.’
‘A writer and poet of long experience and achievement, Fell marshalls her material impressively and delivers it in a distilled, take-no-prisoners voice that calls for the reader’s full attention and then rewards it.This is a mature, shrewd piece of work appealing simultaneously to head and heart. It may be Fell’s best book yet and certainly deserves to be her most successful’