The Messenger of Athens (Seven Deadly Sins Mystery Series #1)

The Messenger of Athens (Seven Deadly Sins Mystery Series #1)

by Anne Zouroudi
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The Messenger of Athens (Seven Deadly Sins Mystery Series #1) by Anne Zouroudi

Idyllic but remote, the Greek island of Thiminos seems untouched and untroubled by the modern world. So when the battered body of a young woman is discovered at the foot of a cliff, the local police - governed more by archaic rules of honor than by the law - are quick to close the case, dismissing her death as an accident.

Then a stranger arrives, uninvited, from Athens, announcing his intention to investigate further into the crime he believes has been committed. Refusing to accept the woman's death as an accident or suicide, Hermes Diaktoros sets out to uncover the truths that skulk beneath this small community's exterior. Hermes's methods of investigation are unorthodox, and his message to the islanders is plain - tell the truth or face the consequences. Before long, he's uncovering a tale of passion, corruption and murder that entangles many of the island's residents. But Hermes brings his own mystery into the web of dark secrets and lies - and as he travels the rugged island landscape to investigate, questions and suspicions arise amongst the locals. Who has sent him to Thiminos, and on whose authority is he acting? And how does he know of dramas played out decades ago? Rich in images of Greece's beautiful islands and evoking a life unknown to most outsiders, this wonderful novel leads the reader into a world where the myths of the past are not forgotten and forbidden passion still has dangerous consequences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316084130
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 07/19/2010
Series: Seven Deadly Sins Mystery Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 490,757
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Anne Zouroudi was born in England and has lived in the Greek islands. Her attachment to Greece remains strong; the country is the inspiration for much of her writing. She now lives in northern England.

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The Messenger of Athens 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
majorbabs More than 1 year ago
A new detective is on the scene -- part Hercule Poirot, part Count of Monte Christo. The plump and white-shoed Hermes Diaktoros has come to the island of Thiminos to unravel the mystery of a woman, found dead at the bottom of a cliff. The police don't like him. Neither do many residents. No matter. His techniques, counterpointed with the thoughts and actions of the island's residents, gradually unveil the answer, and everything counts toward the denouement. This is the first of several books by the author with Diaktoros, so get in on the ground floor with The Messenger of Athens.
NinaJon More than 1 year ago
I decided to buy this book (the first in a series) after attending a talk given by its author, who spoke very candidly about how she came to create the series. That she once lived in Greece shows in her evocative description of the country and its people. A page turning plot which kept me to its end – an end I certainly didn't see coming. For me, a series to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Untapped locale, interesting culture, an eccentric detective, ironic plot twists, a good start for what may be an excellent series.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Messenger of Athens - Seven Deadly Sins - Hermes Diaktoros Series 1 Published: 1-29-10 Publisher: Little, Brown & Company/Reagan Author Books/Hachette Book Group Pages: 348 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Police Procedural; ISBN: 9780316084130 ASIN: B003JTHXS6 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 4 Stars . Idyllic but remote, the Greek island of Thiminos seems untouched and untroubled by the modern world. So when the battered body of a young woman is discovered at the foot of a cliff, the local police - governed more by archaic rules of honor than by the law - are quick to close the case, dismissing her death as an accident. Then a stranger arrives, uninvited, from Athens, announcing his intention to investigate further into the crime he believes has been committed. Refusing to accept the woman's death as an accident or suicide, Hermes Diaktoros sets out to uncover the truths that skulk beneath this small community's exterior. Hermes's methods of investigation are unorthodox, and his message to the islanders is plain - tell the truth or face the consequences. Before long, he's uncovering a tale of passion, corruption and murder that entangles many of the island's residents. But Hermes brings his own mystery into the web of dark secrets and lies - and as he travels the rugged island landscape to investigate, questions and suspicions arise amongst the locals. Who has sent him to Thiminos, and on whose authority is he acting? And how does he know of dramas played out decades ago? There was no way I could entice you with what the book is about more than the author has already done so with her blurb so I copied it here. Now let me tell you what I found I liked and disliked about the book personally. Let us start off with the good things. The description of if the island and island life is very in depth, which for me was something I enjoyed as it brought the scene to life, but to some may slow the story down. I had immediate likes and dislikes of the characters. I was upset with the two police for the village as they themselves seem to quick to find the scene clear of any possible foul play and then try impede Hermes Diaktoros. Little is revealed in the story about our protagonist, but a search revealed the following : Anne Zouroudi has a series revolving around Hermes Diaktoros based on the Greek God Hermes, son of Zeus and the nymph Maia. He is the messenger of the Olympian Gods, the guardian of roads, commerce, invention, cunning and theft. As a god he can alter his appearance. He has superior reflexes, immune to human diseases, does not tire, and superior strength and speed. Perfect as the main character in a mystery series. I was a bit put off with the scenes depicting the slaughtering the goat and octopus, but understood it to be part of the daily life in Greece culture. The over abundance of English based idioms is out of place for the novel, but seeing as the author is English it is understandable. As a first book in the series there are some kinks to work out. I will be looking to see where the series goes in the future. My rating is 4 out of 5 stars at the end of my reading and research which explained a lot of the questions I was left after finishing the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had great hopes for this book. It is the first in a series of mysteries with each focusing on one of the seven deadly sins. The title and lead character's name make an interesting reference to Homer. My disappointment ... The story takes place on an imaginary Greek island. Everything about the island is shabby, run down, grubby. That includes most of the characters - males who mistreat their wives and cheat on them (appears to be a near universal trait on the island), females who, if they are not revengeful connivers themselves, are trapped in bad marriages from which they cannot escape. This does not make for pleasant reading. The lead character apparently shares more than a name with a Homeric god. He appears to have some sort of second sight and has no qualms over becoming the arm of justice on his own. A lot of reviewers talk of him as a person of mysterious background. I have to assume he is suppose to be a Homeric god having disguised himself as a human (which Homeric gods often did). Lacks believability. Endless descriptions, many of which do not advance the story line in any meaningful way.
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I received for review the next two books in this series, so I read The Messenger of Athens to be fully conversant with protagonist Hermes Diaktoros. I fell in love with "the fat man" immediately, particularly his wit and his sense of poetic justice. I also love Greek mythology and enjoyed Zouroudi's allusions to various gods and goddesses. During my career as an attorney, I grew to appreciate the very real distinction between law and justice. I enjoyed discovering a detective who is not bound by the former but zealously defends the latter. While this may make Diaktoros less appealing to mystery fans who like their heroes hard-boiled, he should attract readers from other genres (fantasy, horror, and paranormal fiction), such as those who enjoyed F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack series.
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The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Hermes Diaktoros, aka The Fat Man, is quite the quandary of a man. He is most certainly not with any branch of law enforcement nor a certified private investigator. But he assuredly is man who can take a mystery, get the silent to start talking and solve the crime while keeping his shoes nice and white. This time the case presented to him is the mysterious death of a young married woman and trying to determine whether she murdered or did she commit suicide as the police were so quick to conclude. Irini was both sweet and innocent with her one mistake in life to fall in love with one man while married to someone else. She made some poor decisions based on innocence and dreams of a better life but when she became rejected by her lover did she commit suicide or was she pushed off that cliff? Hermes thinks the police refused to investigate due to laziness and corruption and while he will tolerate some incompetency it appears the police force does not have the proper respect for the dead is not above coercion to obtain its goals and this he will not tolerate. The Fat Man has unique methods of getting people to talk and once they start talking it becomes impossible to get them to stop and when the truth comes out about what happened to sweet Irini even he is shocked and the actions he takes against those that ruined her and took her life are well deserved and quite unique. This first book in The Mysteries of the Greek Detective Series is unique and interesting and I look forward to those that will follow. The Fat Man is colorful and interesting but always maintains such a high respect for the dead that you always admire his unique gift and ability to solve the crime. The setting here is described with such detail you feel you can taste the salt on your tongue and the sharp snap of the strong coffee. Amazing! Mary Gramlich is The Reading Reviewer located at www.marygramlich.com