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The Whispers of Nemesis [Kindle Edition]

Anne Zouroudi
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Book Description

It is winter in the mountains of northern Greece and as the snow falls in the tiny village of Vrisi a coffin is unearthed and broken open. But to the astonishment of the mourners at the graveside, the remains inside the coffin have been transformed, and as news of the bizarre discovery spreads through the village like forest fire it sets tongues wagging and heads shaking.

Then, in the shadow of the shrine of St Fanourios (patron saint of lost things), a body is found, buried under the fallen snow - a body whose identity only deepens the mystery around the exhumed remains. There's talk of witchcraft, and the devil's work - but it seems the truth, behind both the body and the coffin, may be far stranger than the villagers' wildest imaginings. Hermes Diaktoros, drawn to the mountains by a wish to see an old and dear friend, finds himself embroiled in the mysteries of Vrisi, as well as the enigmatic last will and testament of Greece's most admired modern poet.

The Whispers of Nemesis is a story of desperate measures and long-kept secrets, of murder and immortality and of pride coming before the steepest of falls.

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    A wonderful depiction of life in rural Greece in wintertime, a plot full of curious characters and mysterious developments, and a detective who's a mixture of Poirot, Marlowe and Clarence the angel from It's A Wonderful Life - this book is a real delight, refreshing and original (Morning Star)


    '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)

    Book Description

    Hermes Diaktoros, the inimitable Greek Detective returns in a tale of hubris and Homer, of dark Greek coffee and even darker secrets

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2040 KB
    • Print Length: 305 pages
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (4 July 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1408818191
    • ISBN-13: 978-1408818190
    • ASIN: B0058CMSOG
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adventure 22 July 2011
    By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    I love a crime book that takes me either somewhere exotic or an area of the world I've never been before as this presents me with the chance to explore not only the seedy underbelly of society there but also the beliefs as well as rites that are common for the area to add a bit more mystique as well as spice to the tail.

    What this book by Anne Zouroudi presented for me was a wonderful piece of escapism as I was taken by the hand to a land rich in folklore as well as modern interpretations. It's cleverly written, the plot line spectacular and when added with a lead character that was multifaceted so that I could get to grips with him, it really made the story sing. Add to this the multi-layered perspectives of the principle players and it was an omnipotent title for the reader to digest. All in a wonderful addition to anyone's Crime Fiction library and one that I will definitely endeavour to read the earlier titles for in order to get the full impact of this wonderful author.
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down. 26 Jun. 2011
    By J. Gadd
    I started to read this latest book in the series in the afternoon and (apart from a brief break for dinner) didn't put it down until I had finished it the same night. For me this is the best Hermes Diaktoros mystery yet - although who was killed, how and why is the mystery rather than "whodunnit". The author once again gives us a glimpse into the claustrophobia of small town greek life. Justice is delivered with compassion and (super?) humanity. My only regret is that I didn't pack the book away to read on the beach with a glass of retsina - great holiday reading.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars These books just get better and better 28 Sept. 2011
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    Have read all the books and they just get better and better, and the more I read the more I am sure Hermes is some messenger from the gods, so many things are strange, like those around him age , he does not, the punishment always fits the crime. There is also the earthly aspect of the well drawn greek characters. I love Hermes and his white tennis shoes(were they made by Nike, I wonder) I love the way Greece is described in real terms , not glossy travel broucher speak. In fact I am hoping there is another on the way. Thank you Ms Zouroudi for such an intelligent , charming and colouful character.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Poirot reborn 22 Aug. 2012
    I am a complete detective novel obsessive, love agatha chrisite, Henning Mankell's Wallander, Zen etc etc and i absolutely love Hermes Diaktoros, he is so much in the tradition of the clever outsider who gets to the heart of things, but who is him or herself, quite mysterious, just like Poirot , Wallander etc etc.
    I am also a lover of greece , especially the islands, so the evocation of Greek village life, good and bad, is fabulous, the talk of food, little shops and Kafeneons, the coffee, the fishing boats, takes me back to many fascinating holidays, and seems totally truthful to the places as i experienced them, and to the people. I am just a bit upset that i am coming to the end of the series, as I will have to search all over again to satisfy my addiction!! To me Hermes seems a very worthy successor to poirot, similar in many ways, overly fond of his habits , food, drink, solitude but also loveable and insightful into the human condition. Something like a perfect uncle, but with a darker side that is not fooled about human nature and how corrupt it can be. Wish BBC would make it into a series!!!!!!!!!!!!that would be something to watch indeed!
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Got better as the book progressed 2 Oct. 2011
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    I was very disappointed at first with Anne Zouridi's latest offering of Hermes Diaktorous, but it got better as the story went on. It was more difficult to follow than her previous tales, although he is always a figure shrouded in myth, but it was lovely to see another book in the series. Calm, gentle and a great holiday read I would recommend her books.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Whispers of Nemesis 6 Dec. 2011
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    I really loved this book. It is beautifully written, an intriguing story, well defined and interesting characters and a lot of humour and insight into the emotions of the characters. The settings were very descriptive and the depictions of food made the mouth water. I look forward to reading more novels by Anne Zouroudi.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but not honey soaked. 10 Jan. 2012
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    This is not a honey soaked Greek confection, but it is an enjoyable read. The plot is okay but it does leave one wondering why an otherwise educated man would commit such a murder. The explanation does not stack up, and some of the other details are a stretch on what reality would allow. However, I suppose the murderer could have been lucky. The detective's method of operation is unusual and he clearly has his own form of justice to mete out. The Equaliser meets Hercules Poirot!
    The prose is good as is the description of all things Greek. I would not have missed the occasional use of Greek words - they did not add to the story and I did not discover the translation at the back of the book till I had finished.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Whispers of Nemesis 9 Aug. 2011
    By Maz
    Another excellent book in the series better than the last two. Once you start reading you can't put it down. Particularly good for readers who know Greece and its Islands and people.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
    Great story about the lives of people living in Greece
    Published 13 days ago by Mrs. J. M. Revell
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
    Once again another crime solved by the Greek detective. This time I sussed him out very quickly. Hope next one is as good
    Published 2 months ago by Jo Thomas
    5.0 out of 5 stars I like the way this author writes
    I like the way this author writes. It's obvious she has lived in Greece and very closely with the local people. Read more
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Not bad at all - very different - will quite possibly;y some of her other books
    Published 4 months ago by LindaR
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not one for me.
    Not one for me.
    Published 5 months ago by Jo
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Wonderful series
    Published 6 months ago by MISS P M E HOLT
    4.0 out of 5 stars great descriptions of the characters
    Memories of Greek holidays and warmer weather. The story is ok, great descriptions of the characters though
    Published 6 months ago by Mac11
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    An easy read, enjoyable.
    Published 7 months ago by Tyke
    5.0 out of 5 stars Living in greece I love this series of books although the format gets...
    Living in greece I love this series of books although the format gets predictable . Pretty good observation of greek village life with all the stereotypes
    Published 8 months ago by NettyP
    5.0 out of 5 stars Greek detective
    Have read all of this series and loved every book. Takes you off to so many different islands around Greece and you certainly learn a thing or two. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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