Award-winning author Anne Zouroudi won critical acclaim for her novels in The Mysteries of the Greek Detective Series, featuring enigmatic protagonist, Hermes Diaktoris (“the Fat Man”), which is set mainly in the Greek islands.
However it was the beguiling, bewitching world of Greece’s beautiful islands, where Anne lived for many years after marrying a Greek fisherman in the early 1990s, that have inspired her marvellous Greek Mysteries and allowed her to write authentically about Greece’s people, Greek food and culture and the Greek islands themselves.
Anne published her first book in the Greek detective series, The Messenger of Athens in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since. There are currently seven books in the series. In 2012, she won the East Midlands Book Award for fifth book The Whispers of Nemesis and the sixth book The Bull of Mithros won the Coventry Book Award in 2014.
Anne lives with her son in Derbyshire’s beautiful Peak District, where she’s working on the next book in the Greek Detective series.
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THE MYSTERIES OF THE GREEK DETECTIVE SERIES:
THE MESSENGER OF ATHENS
When the battered body of a young woman is discovered on a remote Greek island, the local police are quick to dismiss her death as an accident. Then a stranger arrives, uninvited, from Athens, announcing his intention to investigate further. His methods are unorthodox, and he brings his own mystery into the web of dark secrets and lies. Who has sent him, on whose authority is he acting, and how does he know of dramas played out decades ago?
THE TAINT OF MIDAS
For over half a century the beautiful Temple of Apollo has been in the care of the old beekeeper Gabrilis. But when the value of the land soars he is forced to sign away his interests – and hours later he meets a violent, lonely death. When Hermes Diaktoros finds his friend’s battered body by a dusty roadside, the police quickly make him the prime suspect. But with rapacious developers threatening Arcadia’s most ancient sites, there are many who stand to gain from Gabrilis’s death. Our investigator resolves to avenge his old friend and find the true culprit, but his methods are, as ever, unorthodox …
THE DOCTOR OF THESSALY
A jilted bride weeps on an empty beach, a local doctor is attacked in an isolated churchyard – trouble has come at a bad time to Morfi, just as the backwater village is making headlines with a visit from a government minister. Fortunately, where there’s trouble there’s Hermes Diaktoros, the mysterious fat man whose tennis shoes are always pristine and whose methods are always unorthodox. Hermes must solve a brutal crime, thwart the petty machinations of the town’s ex-mayor and pour oil on the troubled waters of a sisters’ relationship – but how can he solve a mystery that not even the victim wants to be solved?…
THE LADY OF SORROWS
Hermes Diaktoros visits a remote island which is home to an ancient icon famed for its miraculous powers. But something about the Virgin troubles him, and Hermes calls on an old friend to confirm his suspicions that the icon is a fake. Ready to hand the matter over to the authorities, Hermes intends to leave – until the island’s icon painter is found dead at sea. Did he die of natural causes or by a wrathful hand? What secret is a dishonest gypsy keeping? And what haunts the ancient catacombs beneath the bishop’s house?
THE WHISPERS OF NEMESIS
It is winter in the mountains of northern Greece and as the snow falls in the tiny village of Vrisi a coffin is unearthed and broken open. But to the astonishment of the mourners at the graveside, the remains inside the coffin have been transformed, and as news of the bizarre discovery spreads through the village like forest fire it sets tongues wagging and heads shaking.
Then, in the shadow of the shrine of St Fanourios (patron saint of lost things), a body is found, buried under the fallen snow – a body whose identity only deepens the mystery around the exhumed remains. There’s talk of witchcraft, and the devil’s work – but it seems the truth, behind both the body and the coffin, may be far stranger than the villagers’ wildest imaginings. Hermes Diaktoros, drawn to the mountains by a wish to see an old and dear friend, finds himself embroiled in the mysteries of Vrisi, as well as the enigmatic last will and testament of Greece’s most admired modern poet.
THE BULL OF MITRHOS
It is summer, and as tourists, drawn by the legend of a priceless missing artifact, disembark on the sun-drenched quay of Mithros, the languid calm of the island is broken by the unorthodox arrival of a stranger who has been thrown overboard in the bay. Lacking money or identification, he is forced for a while to remain on Mithros. But is he truly a stranger? To some, his face seems familiar.
The arrival of the investigator Hermes Diaktoros, intrigued himself by the island’s fabled bull, coincides with a violent and mysterious death. This violence has an echo in Mithros’s recent past: in a brutal unsolved crime committed several years before, which, although apparently forgotten may not yet have been forgiven.
As Hermes sets about solving the complex puzzle of who is guilty and who is innocent, he discovers a web of secrets and unspoken loyalties, and it soon becomes clear that the bull of Mithros may only be the least of the island’s shadowy mysteries.
THE FEAST OF ARTEMIS
The olive harvest is drawing to a close in the town of Dendra, and when Hermes Diaktoros arrives for the celebratory festival he expects an indulgent day of food and wine. But as young men leap a blazing bonfire in feats of daring, one of them is badly burned. Did he fall, or was he pushed? Then, as Hermes learns of a deep-running feud between two families, one of their patriarchs dies. Determined to find out why, Hermes follows a bitter trail through the olive groves to reveal a motive for murder, and uncovers a dark deed brought to light by the sin of gluttony.
THE HONEY TRAP
In this short-but-satisfying story, ten years have gone by since a young child went missing. The Greek island where she disappeared is still haunted by her loss, and the weight of suspicion hangs heavy over old Nikolas, the last known person to have seen little Flora alive. But then Nikolas meets a foreigner who was last on the island a decade before. Might this stranger hold the key to solving the mystery of little Flora’s fate?
BUTTERFLIES IN THE RAIN
Archie Schwartz is close to the end of his life, but he’s not intending to go quietly, or before he’s secured the future of the Montana land his family have farmed for generations. In the midst of a storm, a stranger – Rosita – arrives to help with Archie’s care, winning the old man over with her hot Latin looks. But is Rosita a perfect angel, or a devil in disguise? And will Archie live to regret placing himself in her hands?