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Murder in Mykonos (Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Series #1)

Murder in Mykonos (Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Series #1)

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by Jeffrey Siger

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A young woman on holiday to Mykonos, the most famous of Greeceas Aegean Cycladic islands, simply disappears off the face of the earth. And no one notices.That is, until a body turns up on a pile of bones under the floor of a remote mountain church. Then the islandas new police chiefathe young, politically incorrect, former Athens homicide detective Andreas


A young woman on holiday to Mykonos, the most famous of Greeceas Aegean Cycladic islands, simply disappears off the face of the earth. And no one notices.That is, until a body turns up on a pile of bones under the floor of a remote mountain church. Then the islandas new police chiefathe young, politically incorrect, former Athens homicide detective Andreas Kaldisastarts finding bodies, bones, and suspects almost everywhere he looks.Teamed with the canny, nearly-retired local homicide chief, Andreas tries to find the killer before the media can destroy the islandas fabled reputation with a barrage of world-wide attention on a mystery thatas haunted Mykonos undetected for decades.Just when it seems things canat get any worse, another young woman disappears and political niceties no longer matter. With the investigation now a rescue operation, Andreas finds himself plunging into ancient myths and forgotten island places, racing against a killer intent on claiming a new victim who is herself determined to outstep him.

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Publishers Weekly
"Siger's view of Mykonos (where he lives part-time) is nicely nuanced, as is the mystery's ambiguous resolution. Kaldis's feisty personality and complex backstory are appealing as well, solid foundations for a projected series." --Publishers Weekly

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Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Series , #1
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Jeffrey Siger was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He practiced law at a major Wall Street law firm and, while there, served as Special Counsel to the citizens group responsible for reporting on New York City’s prison conditions. He left Wall Street to join his own New York City law firm and continued as one of its name partners, until giving it all up to write full-time among the people, life, and politics of his beloved Mykonos, his adopted home of twenty-five years. His other home is a farm outside New York City.

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Murder in Mykonos 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
synbad More than 1 year ago
The story grew and grew and was very captivating. The only disappointing part was the disgusting acknowledgement of the scummy politics of the area...or was that fiction, too :-)
Anonymous 6 months ago
Alittle too long but enjoyed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any mystery that has me running for an atlas and web information is a winner. Great read
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macabr More than 1 year ago
Andreas Kaldis knows why he has been appointed chief of police in Mykonos. ".his departure from Athens - was exceptionally good news to certain powerful people. His aggressive investigation into a series of murders over control of the Athenian drug trade had worried them. Promoting him out of Athens - and out of the investigation - was a political masterstroke that even Andreas could appreciate. It hurt no one and made everyone happy. Everyone except Andreas." His new job is to keep the people of Mykonos happy so that they in turn can keep the tourists happy. That is the business of Mykonos and now it is the business of Andreas Kaldis. He has been promoted into oblivion. Unfortunately for all concerned, a few weeks after his arrival, a worker in one of Mykonos' many old churches moves a stone slab and finds a body, the body of a tall young woman, her head shaved and her body laid out in a manner that can only be described as ritualistic. What makes it worse is that she is lying on top of other bones; the last body officially buried under the slab had been interred sixty years earlier. These bones are far more recent. Andreas is joined in the investigation by Tassos Stamatos, the chief homicide investigator for the islands. Both men know immediately that there will be more bodies, that they are dealing with a serial killer. Female tourists, killed over as many as twenty years, is a frightening prospect. How could women be warned without panicking everyone on the island? The situation becomes infinitely more complicated from the viewpoint of Andreas and Tassos when Annika Vanden Haag is reported missing. Half Dutch and half Greek, she is the niece of Greece's deputy minister of Public Order, the office in charge of all police. Jeffrey Siger allows the reader to into the mind of the killer, to view his insanity. To the killer, the women are tributes to the gods. "He had first used prayer to survive his daily moments of childhood terror, later he developed other, more efficient means for coping with his past. He still practiced both as his tributes could attest to, had any remained alive..He knew just what to say to gain their trust and bring his foreign tributes down into his world among the foreign gods.." Sacrifices to the gods had long been done on the islands and he models his tributes on the marble figurines of elongated, naked females, completely smooth, which were created and then destroyed, sacrificed in place of humans. His knew the gods required so much more of him. Stone replacements couldn't garner their protection. His gods needed real women. Nothing less could protect and bless him. He had to thank the gods and pay tribute to the saints of neglected churches and in so doing he would be invincible against his own demons. Siger brings the story to a close in a manner that is satisfying to the reader, especially if the reader has been paying attention. Yet he does so in a manner that I don't remember any other author using; it is clever and closes the circle of the story. More importantly, Siger brilliantly uses religious insanity to create the methods and means of murder without being in anyway disrespectful of the customs of the Greek Orthodox Church. Not an easy task but one he executes flawlessly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Serial murder turns up in Mykonos. Not completely unexpected ending but lots of twists along the way. For anyone who has traveled to this splendid and unique island, it's fun to recognize landmarks. A quick, easy read. Would recommend for summer reading.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Having never been to Mykonos, I enjoyed the backstory here about the way of life there. Among the permanent residents there are no secrets, and the town is as insular as any small town in America. It's the tourists that give it life, and they are easily the objects of scams by those trying to make money. Who else could be easier than someone wanting to put cares behind and get caught up in the famous Mykonos lifestyle. In this novel, though, one resident has a darker goal in that he likes to murder tourists. Balancing the earnest new police chief off against the wisened old detective is a smart way to offer different approaches to the hunt for the killer. It works well, up to a rather confusing finale.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
On Mykonos, Greece, the first corpse was found in a long abandoned church; the victim was a tied up female. Soon after that body is found several more dead bound women are uncovered; each turns out is a lost traveler with some over twenty years gone. The police did lip service letting the cases turn cold as no pressure form the outside occurred and tourism rules.

Newly arrived police chief Andreas Kaldis is horrified by the official apathy having come from Athens where there would be a major search for a missing female visitor. He knows a serial kidnapper-killer is loose. With veteran homicide cop Tassos Stamatos at his side they investigate the homicides but obtain no official sanction to do so; in fact the brass wants them to stop their inquiries in case it frightens away tourists. As the number of suspects remains high, they learn of a new kidnapping; in a frenzy to rescue the victim, the case turns shockingly personal for Kaldis.

MURDER IN MYKONOS is an engaging Greek police procedural due to the locale and the lead detective. Armchair travelers will gain a taste of the island while also appreciating Kaldis¿ inquiry and his look back to what brought him to Mykonos. The brass, ignoring missing tourists for economic reasons, comes out of Jaws while the rounding up of the usual suspects is fun to follow as the police teammates have to be extra careful since their inquiry is unsanctioned. Fans will enjoy this superb whodunit.

Harriet Klausner