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Butterflies in the Rain (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Anne Zouroudi
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Butterflies in the Rain: A Short Story

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?

Well known for her evocative portraits of Greece in her Greek Detective mysteries, here award-winning author Anne Zouroudi turns her pen to the wide open spaces of the American Midwest, in a story which probes at the heart of love and death.

Anne Zouroudi's novels have been shortlisted for ITV3's Crime Thriller Awards, the Desmond Elliott Prize for Sparkling New Fiction and the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards. In 2012 she won the East Midlands Book Award for The Whispers of Nemesis.

Praise for Anne Zouroudi's novels:

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)

Lovely, delicious prose and plot - as tasty as one of those irresistible honey-soaked Greek confections (Alexander McCall Smith)

Firmly in the delicious subgenre of crime-cum-gastroporn pioneered by Andrea Camilleri ... Essentially gloriously sunny escapism, the perfect holiday read (Daily Telegraph, Summer Reads)




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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1115 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H1T0Z1W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,745 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

"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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome move away from Greece 10 Feb. 2014
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It's an unusual and powerful short story set in the American mid-west from an author we associate with mystery stories set in Greece. You don't always know what you're getting on Kindle Singles, but this one was certainly worth the money.

Pop, a man who his spent his life on the land, is dying now. He sits on the porch, watching the evening roll in and the butterflies settling on the plants and grasses, and he knows he's had enough. But his daughter Jennifer - a city girl who has come to look after him, is intent on keeping him alive for as long as possible - and certainly long enough for her husband to change her father's will.

But this evening doesn't go exactly to plan. The usual agency nurse doesn't turn up, and in her place is Rosita, an enigmatic Hispanic who seems oddly out of place. I can't say more without spoiling the resolution of the story, but it is wonderfully written and makes you aware of what Anne could do if she took a rest from writing Greek mysteries and tackled the contemporary novel instead.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Very malancholy short story, but superbly written, set in an old world rural setting, would recommend giving it a go
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL 5 Jan. 2014
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Absolutely beautiful. Left me wanting more though. There was so much of interest in the short story that needed expanding on. I would have loved the story to continue.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short story 29 Jan. 2014
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A small colourful story based on a farmer and his last wishes. He is granted these wishes, however the nurse is not who says she is.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting read 11 Jan. 2014
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I enjoyed this book. It was beautifully and sensitively written. Even in such a short story the characters had life & one felt for them all.
What a very happyway to die!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I read it without stopping to do anything else. It is beautifully written and vivid. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed everything Anne has written. This included.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short story 2 Feb. 2014
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I enjoyed this book would have liked a longer story and the family returning to end it very good and captivating
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars pleasant little story 19 Jun. 2014
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This was a lovely short story but I feel it really could have turned in to something a bit more dramatic if it had been longer. It just started to get interesting when it finished. But if your into short storys its fine so only 3 stars
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