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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (20 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408821265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408821268
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,946 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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'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)

PRAISE FOR THE MESSENGER OF ATHENS:'This powerfully atmospheric mystery embraces Mediterranean passion, mythic meddling and patriarchal persecution. First-time novelist Anne Zouroudi proves a natural at the dark arts of writing Euro-crime' (Independent)

'This is a fantastic tale of passion, corruption and murder on a remote Greek island. The main characters were wonderfully written' (Woman's Own)

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Old loyalties, new intrigues and fatal greed in the thrilling new instalment of the Mysteries of the Greek Detective series

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Graciekins on 20 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
The Messenger of Athens
I would highly recommend both this book and the other book in the series involving the Hermes, the Fat Man. The books conjure up the sleepy lifestyle of the Greek Islands and introduce a mysterious stranger in his white tennis pumps, who slowly but surely pieces together any wrongdoings, ensuring that the guilty receive their just rewards.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gs-trentham VINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2009
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Life on this Greek island has been disturbed. The head of a dysfunctional family is concerned that the season is too short to allow him to make as much money from his business activities - catering to tourists - as he would like. His solution: build holiday homes that will turn the once-a-year visitors into permanent residents. But he needs the land on which to build: if you smell potential for corruption, you're not wrong. At the same time, the genial Fat Man who serves as the author's slightly mysterious detective has arrived to visit an old friend - only to discover that he has been killed in a hit-and-run incident. If you smell a possible murder, you're not wrong. The Fat Man, of course, solves both problems before disappearing as unobtrusively as he arrived.

Anne Zouroudi has lived in Greece and loves its languorous ways. The gentle tempo of her story reflects the pace of life most engagingly. It is, though, hardly a mystery. The good people are as easily distinguished from the bad as if they had worn white or black hats in the fashion of old-style westerns. Lying on a sunbed with a cold drink to hand, you will find this slips down smoothly and undemandingly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Meats on 13 Dec. 2012
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I have only recently discovered Anne Zouroudi and what a pleasure reading her work has become. Her Greek, non-police detective is a man of mystery. He is frequently described as the 'fat man' and the reader only discovers his name when someone asks him. We then learn he is called Hermes Diaktoros. To say that he is a semi-mystical figure is perhaps reading too much into his personality, but he carries an air of authority without disclosing what its source is, except to say that he works for an authority that is higher than the police.

The mystery here is bound up with the murder of an old man who owned land with ancient remains waiting to be excavated, but which would be valuable real estate which he refuses to sell. Hermes was an old friend of his who is at first accused of his murder. Beyond that the plot is too involved with life in the area, especially as the title suggests, with the story of greed similar to that of Midas, for it to be explained. The whole book is full of the life and scents of this part of Greece. The depictions of the characters is vivid, and surprisingly there are two uncorrupted policemen, which is refreshing. It has some of the elements of a murder story with suspects and questionings, plus some well-described unpleasant events, but the whole effect is of a community busy with its own approach to life.

I have given the book four stars only because it belongs in a genre of its own. Yes, it contains a mystery of sorts, but the real mystery to me is the nature of Hermes. He has an almost god-like quality, yet is fanatical about keeping his white tennis shoes clean. He apparently used to live in the area, but now lives in Athens, a fact which makes him seem llike an alien character to the locals.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something just that bit different to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jjramfan on 18 Sept. 2010
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The second in a series of 7 novels, my only fault with this book is that once I had finished it I wanted to start the next one. The Fat Detective is an interesting character but as in the first of the series it is some of the more incidental characters who grab the attention - the Author has clearly spent a lot of time in Greece and it shows. Without giving the ending away too much the practice of land clearance by starting fires has been far too common over the years on many islands. The way it is described in this book is unfortunately very close to real life - and death.

One final point, the "review" of this book by Mrs(?)Joan King should be treated with a huge rock of salt - it a rather obvious plug for a somewhat inferior book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JK on 16 Sept. 2013
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For a synopsis, see elsewhere; I want merely to reassure readers that the fat man is back, in all his glory, and this time it's personal. The bad end badly, the good (what few of them there are) end well - just as it should be. Anne Zouroudi paints a powerful picture of the gnawing miasma that is avarice, poisoning all about it. Only the Greek detective can bring an end to the present trouble in paradise.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book in which Ann Zouroudi so vividly describes Greece .....its heat, its smells, the atmosphere and the delicious food. I love her descriptions of Hermes - the Fat Man whose magical qualities add so much intrigue and suspense to the plot, in fact the characterisation of all of the main people in this book are believable and cleverly depicted by the author. Ann Zouroudi weaves a magical tale whereby villains are always punished and the good people receive their reward. This book is based on greed - one man's desire for wealth above anything else. It gripped my attention throughout - I loved its mystical quality and Hermes' manner of dealing with the villains. If you haven't read one of Ann Zouroudi's books, then I urge you to try one......they are very different and intriguing. An excellent read.
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