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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408819384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408819388
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anne Zouroudi writes beautifully - her books have all the sparkle and light of the island landscapes in which she sets them. Lovely, delicious prose and plot - as tasty as one of those irresistible honey-soaked Greek confections." - Alexander McCall-Smith.

'The Bull of Mithros' won the Coventry Book Award in 2014, and Anne's work has received wide critical acclaim. She has now been nominated for three national prizes and in 2012, she won the East Midlands Book Award for 'The Whispers of Nemesis'.

Greece's people, culture and myths inspire many of Anne's short stories and all her novels - the Mysteries of the Greek Detective, featuring crime fiction's most enigmatic detective, Hermes Diaktoros, whose origins are as much a puzzle as the mysteries he solves.

Anne grew up in Yorkshire, has lived in the USA and Greece, and she currently lives in Derbyshire's Peak District. 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.

Her fascinating 'Shirley Valentine' life-story is featured in acclaimed producer Norman Hull's documentary 'I Married the Waiter', broadcast on ITV1 in September 2014.



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Greece ... has never appeared more beautiful or damaged, and secrets lurk behind every ruin. Fortunately, Zouroudi's masterfully compelling detective Hermes Diaktoros is on hand to sort the facts from the myths surrounding the violent death of a mysterious stranger (Daily Mirror)

Anne Zouroudi writes beautifully - her books have all the sparkle and light of the island landscapes in which she sets them. The Lady of Sorrows, her latest, is a gorgeous treat ... Lovely, delicious prose and plot - as tasty as one of those irresistible honey-soaked Greek confections (Alexander McCall Smith)

A cracking plot, colourful local characters and descriptions of the hot, dry countryside so strong that you can almost see the heat haze and hear the cicadas - the perfect read to curl up with (Guardian)

Absorbing and beautifully written and reveals the savage, superstitious reality behind the pretty façade that is all that most of us know of any Greek island (Literary Review)

Diaktoros is a delight. Half Poirot, half deus ex machina, but far more earth-bound than his first name suggests, the portly detective has an other-worldly, Marlowesque incorruptibility as he waddles through the mean olive groves (Guardian)

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Hermes Diaktoros, the inimitable Greek Detective, returns in a tale of shipwrecks and sloth, sun-drenched islands and slow-burning revenge

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Peter D. Wilson on 20 Oct. 2012
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The tiny Greek island of Mithros has two mysteries dating back years: the disappearance of a supposedly Minoan figurine of a bull only a few days after discovery, and the reason for a violent assault on the community's most prominent citizen leaving him maimed in the hands. Now another arises in the form of a card-sharp thrown overboard from a departing boat without clothes, money or papers, but possibly a previous visitor with dubious associations. An investigator stranded by the need for repairs to his yacht looks into these affairs and links them all together; the only mystery remaining is his own identity.

The style of writing is easy and elegant, the viewpoint intensely civilised, character depicted with affection even even in human fallibility, and the whole a delight. Strongly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane Goodier on 5 Mar. 2013
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I have learnt such a lot about greece from Hermes Diaktoris and his many expeditions around the Greek islands. he is such a powerful charactor but at the same time very laid back. His delving into the lives of others without causing upset is magic. Is he magic or is he real? I suppose I will find out eventually as I keep reading. I await the next book with baited breath.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MaryMorstan on 30 Mar. 2014
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I love Anne Zouroudi, and all of her books have been pleasurable reads for me. The series is by far the best crime solving I have encountered, with its unique way of investigating. I was not disappointed by The Bull of Mithros, however I feel I would have been more enthusiastic had I not read any of her other books. In comparison to previous novels, I felt that this lacked a strong plot line and the solution seemed obvious to me from the beginning. It was in this way that it seemed Hermes was investigating the island's history rather than the crime, and this didn't sit so well with me. I think though that if I was not to compare this to Zouroudi's other work then I would be more impressed and so I cannot judge it too harshly, but as a book in the series it doesn't stand out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crabbie on 10 Feb. 2013
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I read this book because I was enchanted by the authors other books in this series. I was not disappointed and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gaynor Madoc Leonard on 17 Mar. 2013
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I love Hermes Diaktoros just as much as I like the idea of divine justice for those who deserve it in Anne Zouroudi's tales. As I understand it, she has set out to write 7 Hermes stories but I wish she would go on writing them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lulu on 18 July 2012
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An absolutely wonderful story. I have read all of this authors books and this latest one lives up to my expectations. The main character, the fat man, is as intriguing as ever. Is he sent from the gods? The writer has a real feel for the Greek country and it's people. I wait for more books to be written.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2012
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A past violent crime, a lost artefact, and an unnamed stranger on Mithros - and the enigmatic Hermes Diaktoros has another opportunity to dispense justice and right the wrongs of the past.

I've only read one of the other books in this series but it's not a problem to dip in and out. Zouroudi writes beautifully but don't expect a sparkling, sun-drenched tourists' Greece - she uncovers something far darker and much closer to the ancient Greece of Athenian tragedy where the family, especially, is both the place of the closest of bonds, and the site for the greatest transgressions.

So Hermes restores a sense of order, stability and resolution - but the requisite ending doesn't quite manage to wipe out the very dark heart of this book. Recommended for an intelligent mystery novel with a strong sense of place and atmosphere.
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I have loved all of Anne Zouroudi’s books so far and this one is no exception. Having lived in Greece I can appreciate the way in which she gets to the heart of the Greek character. Hermes is a wonderful creation, sent by some higher power although we are left to our own devices to work out which higher power, he always manages to bring a mystery to a satisfying conclusion. In this case it is the missing effigy of a bull that has disappeared along with its replica from the museum. With a stranger suddenly landing on the shores and a benefactor about whom little is known, Hermes manages to bring order amidst the chaos.
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