Short Story Review: Who Killed Dido? By Amy Myers

Who Killed Dido? by Amy Myers is a vey light-hearted look at the death of Dido, the queen of Carthage, told from the viewpoint of Aphrodite.

When Hermes, messenger of the gods, announces the news, all the gods and goddesses present appear shocked.  As questions begin to be asked on Mount Olympus about the death of Dido, Aphrodite begins her own inquiry into the queen’s death to ensure that neither she nor her son, the Trojan refugee, Aeneas, the former lover of the dead queen, cannot be implicated.  But was it murder or suicide?

It soon becomes clear that there are a good number of people who had it in for the queen, including her brother, her neighbour and her sister, and the death of the queen is far more complicated than the goddess first thought.  But can Aphrodite get to the bottom of the mystery before anyone else finds out the truth?

Who Killed Dido? is a modern retelling of the demise of the queen of Carthage, and the language and the style reflects that.  The characters of the gods and goddesses are shown as they appear in traditional myths, especially their love for bickering with each other.  All-in-all, a colourful, humourous historical short story.

This short was found in Murder Through the Ages: A Bumper Anthology of Historical Mysteries, ed. Maxim Jakubowski.

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