Warren, Robert B. Murder on Olympus: A Plato Jones Novel. Dragonfairy. Apr. 2013. 376p. ISBN 9780985023065. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781939452061. FANTASY
Plato Jones, formerly of the Olympus Bureau of Investigation, now works as a PI in New Olympia. His clients are both mortals and immortals, though Jones—himself a mortal— prefers human foibles to the petty grievances of the gods. Still, when he receives a “request” from Zeus, Jones finds it difficult to refuse. Someone is killing the gods, and Zeus wants the killer found before the deaths become public knowledge. As the detective threads his way among feuding gods, attempted assassinations, and a seduction or two, he begins to see a pattern and realizes that someone is targeting him as well. In Warren’s first novel mortals and immortals mix and one man dares to fight for rule by law. Jones is a likable character with a ready quip and the courage to speak his mind, even to a god. VERDICT Fans of Greek mythology, urban fantasy fans, and followers of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s “Dark Hunter” novels should find something pleasing in this quirky blend of fantasy and noir detective story.