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The Black Monastery,
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When detective Nikos arrives back in his home town, he finds himself faced with the gory murder of a young boy near an old monastery. Echoing two murders committed 33 years previously in the exact same spot, and a mass cult suicide, it brings back a part of the island's history that it has tried hard to forget.There is a lot at stake - the island's lucrative tourist trade and the open secret of the drugs trade that goes hand in hand with the hordes of mainly young British holiday makers. As Nikos begins his investigation, two British crime writers arrive on the island. The best selling Kitty Carson, on a break from the pressures of writing and her strained relationship, and Jason an aspiring writer whose aim is to strike up a friendship with her and convince her to help him get published. As the two writers are thrown together in an unexpected way, another murder is committed and Jason and Kitty are drawn into an investigation of their own. As they discover more about the island's dark past what began as a diversion becomes a dangerous pursuit.
I'm not usually up for reading straight-up mysteries or thrillers, since I tend to like mixed genres, but this novel was very good. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the tangible tension that pervaded the latter half of the novel. 'The Black Monastery' was in some ways, both a thriller and a mystery: with the story well constructed and well paced.
I really liked the characters, particularly Kitty and Nikos. They were all interesting with good consistent characterisation throughout the novel -- the light touches of humour were nice also.