The Greeks of Beaubien Street

The Greeks of Beaubien Street

by Suzanne Jenkins




Nestled below the skyline of Detroit you'll find Greektown, a few short blocks of colorful bliss, warm people and Greek food. In spite of growing up immersed in the safety of her family and their rich culture, Jill Zannos doesn't fit in. A Detroit homicide detective, she manages to keep one foot planted firmly in the traditions started by her grandparents, while the other navigates the most devastated neighborhoods in the city she can't help but love. She is a no nonsense workaholic with no girlfriends, an odd boyfriend who refuses to grow up, and an uncanny intuition, inherited from her mystic grandmother that acts as her secret weapon to crime solving success. Her story winds around tales of her family and their secret laden history, while she investigates the most despicable murder of her career.

The Greeks of Beaubien Street is a modern tale of a family grounded in old world, sometimes archaic, tradition as they seek acceptance in American society. They could be anynationality, but they are Greek.

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ISBN-13: 9781479311743
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/07/2012
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

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The Greeks of Beaubien Street 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the cover. The writing was good. I found it hard to keep track of who was who in the family because the author switched from one generation to the next. I found very little to like about most of the characters. Characters I liked were Nana Wong, Gus, and Alex. I didn't really connect with Jill until later in the book. The crime Jill was investigating was gross but fortunately not graphically described. I don't think that the crime part of the story was fully fleshed out since two characters, Mike and Soud just disappeared from the storyline. I think the series has potential but needs tweaking.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Jennifer-Andrews More than 1 year ago
OMG! I love Detroit stories. I love stories about Greeks. I love crime and detective stuff. The crime itself was a little over the top, but I can see it happening. Awesome read.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I finished this book quite quickly wanting to find out the who done its. Also what is going on in this close knit Greek family! Jill Zannos is a Police Detective with an additional gift, she has gifted intuition! She is also in a long term relationship with an rather odd boyfriend. You wonder if there is any future for them? Now Jill's Dad can come and live with he loves his daughter. The food he makes her...he cooks her breakfast and dinner every day. All I can say is YUM!! We also become deeply involved with her Greek roots...who likes who and who doesn't. While we are learning about her family we are also with her as she goes about her job. Her new case is very disturbing...a beautiful 26 year old woman is found murdered. Her family is also very distraught, as one might expect. Eyes seem to focus on her boyfriend....and then take another turn. No can never ever imagine what this girl has faced. There has to be another book in this story...please. I need to know more. When we leave this book, things are looking pretty bleak in the Zannos family, and Jill needs a R & R from her job. Ms Jenkins has written a compelling read, and if you enjoy mysteries, this one is going to keep your interest up! I received this book from the Author, and Pump Your Book Virtual Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Just when I thought author Suzanne Jenkins couldn't top her awesome Pam of Babylon series, she comes back strong with a new gritty no-nonsense murder mystery suspense thriller of a series called The Greektown Trilogy that will curl her readers' toes! In the first book of the series, The Greeks of Beaubien Street, the author introduces her readers to Detroit homicide detective Jill Zannos and her beloved Greek family who live in the Detroit neighborhood of Greektown. The story alternates between a disturbing rape/murder investigation of a retired police officer's twenty-six year old daughter; and tales of the Zannos family's Greek traditions and secrets that abound in the Greektown neighborhood of Beaubien Street. This riveting and graphic whodunit and glimpse into the Zannos family history is a gripping page turner that will captivate the reader's attention. Full of dramatic and suspenseful twists and turns, the reader will be kept guessing what will happen next in both the murder investigation and the Zannos family drama as the story unfolds. Written in the third person narrative, the author weaves a tale that allows the reader to get a glimpse into the minds of each of the intriguing cast of characters. There isn't enough words to describe the creepiness of some of the characters, believe me when I say that the author sure does know how to create a fascinating cast of characters, who leap off the pages with their intriguing dialogues and interactions. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the richly detailed description of the setting in this book. The author's personal familiarity of growing up in a Greek household in the suburbs of Detroit allows her to transport the readers to the Greektown neighborhood and Beaubien Street where the Zannos family resides. I loved her description of the tight knit Greek community and their cultural traditions. I could close my eyes and visualize the neighborhood sights and sounds, especially Jill's father Gus' grocery store, their family home, and the Detroit streets that Jill cruises in her line of duty. The Greeks of Beaubien Street is a compelling first book in The Greektown Trilogy series. This multi-layered tale of a gritty murder investigation and intriguing Zannos family drama will captivate you from beginning, while leaving you with a cliff hanger of an ending and wanting more ... only to make you wait for the continuation of the story in the second book in the series, The Princess of Greektown, which will be published in the Summer of 2013. Kudos Suzanne, you got me hooked on another one of your series!
InsideBJsHead More than 1 year ago
Another book to fall in love with....WELL DONE SUZANNE!!!!! Driving right in with a murder...what a way to start off! I enjoyed how as you read you got to learn all about Jill Zannos and her fabulous family. She is very interesting. From how she grew up to how she manages her crime solving skills. The whole story how it goes back and forth between the murder case and Jill's family make's this book one hard read to put down. On one hand you want to see how and why that poor girl met her end and then on the other you want to hear more about the family. It all has some crazy twists...but of course NO ONE'S family is perfect. Case in point, the Parkers...Wholly Boogers!!! Talk about one messed up, out of wacked, totally insane family!!! You'd think Jill's family stories would balance them out....but heck I wasn't even foreseeing Dana's demise!!! After reading this you feel like you are apart of the Greeks of Beaubien Street....You're one of the huge family. PS~ Gus can come cook for me any day :0)