For over half a century the beautiful, ruined Temple of Apollo has been in the care of the old beekeeper Gabrilis. But when the value of the land soars, he is persuaded through unscrupulous means to sign away his interests - and hours later he meets a violent, lonely death. When Hermes Diaktoros finds his friend's battered body by a dusty roadside, the police quickly make him the prime suspect. But with rapacious developers threatening Arcadia's most ancient sites, there are many who stand to gain from Gabrilis' death. Hermes resolves to avenge his old friend and find the true culprit, but his methods are, as ever, unorthodox. Readers who were captivated by The Fat Man in "The Messenger of Athens" will be thrilled to rediscover him. Those new to the series will meet a detective who breaks the mould - a Greek Poirot, who keeps a number of unusual tools to hand to administer his unforgettable brand of justice.
The second novel in the exciting new series by debut author Anne Zouroudi: The Mysteries of the Greek Detective, a series that follows the seven deadly sins The Fat Man returns in a story of old loyalties, new intrigues and fatal greed in the stunning new novel from Anne ZouroudiThe Messenger of Athens has been long-listed for the prestigious Desmond Eliott Prize for sparkling new fiction
'Diaktoros is a delight ... There is also 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 as the nights draw in' Guardian 'The writing is elegiac and elegant, the detective endearing' Literary Review PRAISE FOR THE MESSENGER OF ATHENS 'Evocative and tantalizing ... it stars a mysterious but very likeable protagonist, the Fat Man. Stylishly repackaged for the paperback, I've a hunch they could do very well indeed' Bookseller '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
Anne Zouroudi was born in England and has lived in the Greek islands. Her attachment to Greece remains strong, and the country is the inspiration for much of her writing. She now lives in the Derbyshire Peak District with her son.