- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (4 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408818191
- ISBN-13: 978-1408818190
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Whispers of Nemesis (Mysteries of/Greek Detective 5) Paperback – 4 Jul 2011
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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. 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)
Hermes Diaktoros, the inimitable Greek Detective returns in a tale of hubris and Homer, of dark Greek coffee and even darker secretsSee all Product description
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This story concerns a renowned poet whose death has left his family in dire financial straits. When, by Greek custom, his remains are exhumed the mystery begins.
Hermes - the fat man - is a strange figure. Who or what is he? There is more than a whiff of the Greek myth about him which makes him all the more fascinating.
I heartily recommend any of these thoroughly enjoyable books for the insight into rural island life, for the detective story and for the fat man.
For this author I feel no urge to rush to read the next book but I would definitely look for it on the e-library system or buy if the price was right and have it there on my virtual shelves for when I was in the mood for lighter reading.
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.
She writes so well that you can picture the Greek Islands and there folk. Her descriptions of of food just make you hungry.
Another outing for the mysterious Greek,Hermes Diaktoros (the man from a higher authority) who investigates a strange case of an exhumed pig carcass............ I love this series re imagining the seven deadly sins and wish there were more deadly sins so we could read more of Hermes and his white plimsols.
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