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Efcharistó Ms Zoudroudi and the Fat Man!
on 28 July 2010
I got this book having never heard of Anne Zouroudi and the Mysteries of the Greek Detective. I was apprehensive about dipping into a series without having read the preceding books but thought I would give it a go as the blurb interested me...
Wow! I found I could not put this book down - the first in a long time that has gripped me in such a way. I found my worries about not having read any of the other stories were unfounded. Ms Zouroudi is very good at making the reader feel comfortable and piquing their interest. I was hooked from the first page - and that doesn't often happen.
The story is centred on a mystery and I do not obviously want to spoil it for you so I will be very careful not to give anything away. Perhaps I should, therefore, focus on the Fat Man (as he is called in the story) aka Hermes Diaktoros. This 'messenger' and seeker of 'justice' is perfectly created, his character traits and nuances perfectly drawn. In this story we find him on holiday on a beautiful little island where the Lady of Sorrows, a famous icon, is on display in the local Church.
The story, however, began many, many years before Hermes set foot on the island and we are treated to a glimpse of the beginning of the tale in the prologue set in 1863. It is this beginning that had me hooked and which leads the reader on a trail as winding as the little streets of the island that Hermes will tread, hunting for the truth, seeking out answers to long buried or unacknowledged questions. Along his way, he becomes acquainted with many disparate characters and as he peels away the layers of desperate dreams and prayers, of deceit and mistrust and of many secrets and the lies that they breed, we discover several crimes and injustices perpetrated and that all are significant threads in the fabric of the tale.
Congratulations Ms Zouroudi for a perfectly woven story. I can't wait to read more!