The Messenger of Athens eBook ✓ The Messenger

The Messenger of Athens eBook ✓ The Messenger

The Messenger of Athens [KINDLE] ❃ The Messenger of Athens By Anne Zouroudi – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Idyllic but remote, the Greek island of Thiminos seems untouched and untroubled by the modern world So when the battered body of a young woman is discovered at the foot of a cliff, the local police go Idyllic but remote, the Greek island of Thiminos seems untouched and untroubled by the modern world So when the battered body of a young woman is discovered at the foot of a cliff, the local police governedby archaic rules of The Messenger eBook ò honor than by the law are quick to close the case, dismissing her death as an accident Then a stranger arrives, uninvited, from Athens, a.


10 thoughts on “The Messenger of Athens

  1. Adrian Adrian says:

    A thoroughly enjoyable detective story More to followAs some of the readers of my reviews know and i m sure there are one or two I am a real fan of anything related to Greece I have read books from fantasy novels based in Corfu, to non fiction books regarding the liberation of Crete, and a number of stories and genres in between Anyway, this novel was wonderful for its Greekness, but also for its detective story It was a little darker than I had anticipated but that was not a bad thing It A thoroughly enjoyable detective story More to followAs some of the readers of my reviews know and i m sure there are one or two I am a real fan of anything related to Greece I have read books from fantasy novels based in Corfu, to non fiction books regarding the liberation of Crete, and a number of stories and genres in between Anyway, this novel was wonderful for its Greekness, but also for its detective story It was a little darker than I had anticipated but that was not a bad thing It was an intricate story of murder or was it suicide, based on an idyllic island ruled over by a corrupt police chief and a number of families hiding secrets.Into this cauldron of suspicion arriving by ferry boat is a man named Hermes Diaktoros claiming to be from Athens , sent to investigate the death of Irina Asimakopoulos Ruffling a few feathers along the way he sets out to right a few wrongs including getting justice for Irina.Who is Hermes the Messenger and does he really work for the police at all After a few days everyone on the island knows who he is but some arereticent than others to come forward with information Hermes uses all his charm to discover the background to Irina s sad death from her relatives and the other island folk to ensure that justice is done.I thoroughly enjoyed this novel for all the reasons mentioned above, it flowed so well carrying you along with the story, it was so Greek the food, the cafes, the people the attitudes, the villages but is was also jolly good detective story I will certainly be revisiting Hermes Diaktoros


  2. Tea Jovanović Tea Jovanović says:

    This series of mystery crime novels set on the Greek islands is my cup of tea a bit of exotic settings, not ordinary detective For those that enjoyed Barbara Cleverly set in India , or those who like Shamini Flint set on the East You will learn about Greeks and Greece as much as you will enjoy good detective novel Still looking for a publisher on Balkans


  3. Jane Jane says:

    The Messenger of Athens proved to be what I call a watching book The kind of book that allows me to sit back and observe a whole different world It is a world that is beautifully drawn, with many almost too many wonderfully evocative descriptive passages I was transported To a small, remote Greek island, where a woman s body has washed up on the shore She was a local woman, and it is said that she must have jumped or fallen from the cliffs Her body is returned to her family and she is The Messenger of Athens proved to be what I call a watching book The kind of book that allows me to sit back and observe a whole different world It is a world that is beautifully drawn, with many almost too many wonderfully evocative descriptive passages I was transported To a small, remote Greek island, where a woman s body has washed up on the shore She was a local woman, and it is said that she must have jumped or fallen from the cliffs Her body is returned to her family and she is buried Life goes on But then a stranger arrivesMy name, he said in Hermes Diakatos I have been sent from Athens to help you in your investigations into the death of Irini AsimkopoulosThere was no investigation No autopsy The police thought it was suicide, but the death certificate said accidental death, to spare the family s feelingI expect you re surprised at my name Hermes Messenger mt father s idea of humour He was a classical scholar Who could the visitor, who would be known simply as the fat man, be He might be a policeman, though he would say that he was not Or a private investigator though it was impossible to think who might have hired him Maybe he was a private individual, willing and able to take steps to see that justice was done Or maybe he really was Hermes, the messenger of the gods That intrguing question was never answered, but it really didn t matter The fat man had both intelligence and charm He moved about the island, speaking naturally to people, asking the right questions, leaving the right silences for people to speak, to tell him everything that he needed to know And as he does this the stories from the past are told Stories of a young couple struggling with marriage He misses the freedom he had as a single man She wanted another man who she cannot have and feels trapped Stories of a husband and father who is still drawn to another man s wife Stories of concerned families, who see what is happening, what could happen This is a mystery is built on classical lines, well executed, and it fitting its setting perfectly There are no major surprises, but that really didn t matter It was lovely to watch the story play out with all of the elements characters, plot, setting, prose coming together to fine effect And in the end justice is done But maybe not in the way you would expect It was the right ending, but I was sorry to leave I shall definitely be seeking out the next book in the series


  4. Sally906 Sally906 says:

    It took me a long time to get into this book, and it was only the fact that it was supplied to me by the publisher that kept me going First up the writing is beautiful vivid descriptions of the scenery, the weather and the sets that the story took place in Basically a woman dies under mysterious circumstance on a small Greek island, a did she fall or was she pushed scenario An investigator named Hermes Diaktoros but referred to as the fat man throughout the book arrives from the mainlan It took me a long time to get into this book, and it was only the fact that it was supplied to me by the publisher that kept me going First up the writing is beautiful vivid descriptions of the scenery, the weather and the sets that the story took place in Basically a woman dies under mysterious circumstance on a small Greek island, a did she fall or was she pushed scenario An investigator named Hermes Diaktoros but referred to as the fat man throughout the book arrives from the mainland to investigate the death but the local police refuse to assist as they say there is no crime There are flash backs told from a few points of view including that of the victim in fact there are quite a few sub plots all hanging off the main story, which got a little confusing at times.Overall THE MESSENGER OF ATHENS had a complex plot that twisted and turned and a large cast of characters, that each appeared to have something to hide, and as a result there were many suspects As a result I found that I really didn t get to know any of the main characters all that well and that was disappointing The ending was satisfying but the mystical elements I could have done without Overall was an average read


  5. Pamela Pamela says:

    On the Greek island of Thiminos, a woman s body is found The locals assume she has committed suicide, and the lazy chief of police is happy to go along with this Then the mysterious Hermes Diaktoros arrives from the mainland, and begins to shake up the islanders in his search for justice.I liked the concept of this mystery a series based around the seven deadly sins, with a detective whose authority comes from an unknown place The setting is appealing and the characters have an authentic fe On the Greek island of Thiminos, a woman s body is found The locals assume she has committed suicide, and the lazy chief of police is happy to go along with this Then the mysterious Hermes Diaktoros arrives from the mainland, and begins to shake up the islanders in his search for justice.I liked the concept of this mystery a series based around the seven deadly sins, with a detective whose authority comes from an unknown place The setting is appealing and the characters have an authentic feel, even if their motivations are rather simplistic at times Unfortunately I was rather disappointed in the way the narrative unfolded After setting up the mystery quite nicely, the narrative switched into flashback and there were pages and pages of explanation and backstory about the various characters and how the murdered woman came to be involved with them Feeling I d wandered into a terribly dull romance story bored housewife spots man and thinks grass is greener, yawn , and lamenting the absence of Hermes Diaktoros, I nearly gave up several times Fortunately Hermes did eventually reappear, the narrative perked up and the ending was actually quite clever and well worked I think this series has promise and I will read , but this first episode didn t really match my expectations 2.5 stars


  6. Theresa Theresa says:

    I really enjoyed listening to this audio book from Hoopla The fat man detective Herm s and the cast of characters, along with the exotic setting, kept me interested Definitely worth checking out the next in the series.


  7. Keith Currie Keith Currie says:

    The Conductor of SoulsI enjoyed this rather unusual mystery Set in a tiny Greek island sometime in the late 1980s, I guess, the drachma is still used, there are no mobile phones , the mysterious Fat Man arrives off a ferry from Athens to investigate the apparent suicide of a young woman What he uncovers is police corruption, religious hypocrisy, entrenched traditional attitudes and above all a pervasive prejudice against women The mystery is satisfying, the outcomes reflective of a wild ki The Conductor of SoulsI enjoyed this rather unusual mystery Set in a tiny Greek island sometime in the late 1980s, I guess, the drachma is still used, there are no mobile phones , the mysterious Fat Man arrives off a ferry from Athens to investigate the apparent suicide of a young woman What he uncovers is police corruption, religious hypocrisy, entrenched traditional attitudes and above all a pervasive prejudice against women The mystery is satisfying, the outcomes reflective of a wild kind of justice, but what really sets this novel apart, is the reader s convincing immersion in a society which is desperately foreign, yet in a context which seems superficially familiar


  8. Anna Anna says:

    I found this book haunting and lyrical Everyday life on a small Greek island Sounds romantic, doesn t it Only it isn t It s hard work, it s poverty, it s insecurity Fishing may be good today, but who knows what tomorrow will bring In the system where the resources are scarce, people cling to a certain way of living, living that gives survival, but the price of such survival is high, even that they don t know it Their own integrity is the price Close mindedness, cruelty, secrecy grows w I found this book haunting and lyrical Everyday life on a small Greek island Sounds romantic, doesn t it Only it isn t It s hard work, it s poverty, it s insecurity Fishing may be good today, but who knows what tomorrow will bring In the system where the resources are scarce, people cling to a certain way of living, living that gives survival, but the price of such survival is high, even that they don t know it Their own integrity is the price Close mindedness, cruelty, secrecy grows when the moral backbone is broken view spoiler There is a predator amongst them It is easy to prey on people who want to keep secrets at all costs.And then, two people fall in love Doomed, forbidden love, as both are married It won t be long before one of them dies Death that is being dismissed as suicide by the local police way too easily Until someone from Athens arrives, and starts asking questions.But don t be mislead, this book is not a thriller, or a crime book, or a romance This is not a genre book at all hide spoiler Read it on a rainy afternoon, when you don t have any other plans Don t rush It is written in a beautiful, slow language and this is how it should be read


  9. Annie Annie says:

    If it weren t for the helicopter in the book s prologue, I would have thought that Anne Zouroudi s The Messenger of Athens took place decades or even a century ago The attitudes of the people of the fictional I think Greek island of Thiminos are very conservative about gender roles, is probably the most diplomatic way to say it Women have limited options They are expected to be faithful housewives and fruitful mothers The men are almost as limited The men are supposed to be the breadwinne If it weren t for the helicopter in the book s prologue, I would have thought that Anne Zouroudi s The Messenger of Athens took place decades or even a century ago The attitudes of the people of the fictional I think Greek island of Thiminos are very conservative about gender roles, is probably the most diplomatic way to say it Women have limited options They are expected to be faithful housewives and fruitful mothers The men are almost as limited The men are supposed to be the breadwinners and patriarchs A lot of them are lecherous scoundrels but, as long as they don t go too far, their bad behavior is dismissed as boys will be boys Our protagonist, Athenian investigator Hermes Diaktoros, wades into this festering setting to investigate the death of Irini Asimakopoulos, whose death is being swept under the proverbial rug Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type.


  10. Tien Tien says:

    A bit slow to start with and I think the most intriguing mystery is actually about WHO the Athenian, Hermes Diaktoros, is And the end, I m still a little bit confused He s like an avenging angel Hermes messenger of the gods so justice was served but not in any conventional way However, in addition to this, he also served up kindness and hope a little chance at redeeming oneself He doesn t fit the anti hero definition but he definitely has his own style of justice A bit slow to start with and I think the most intriguing mystery is actually about WHO the Athenian, Hermes Diaktoros, is And the end, I m still a little bit confused He s like an avenging angel Hermes messenger of the gods so justice was served but not in any conventional way However, in addition to this, he also served up kindness and hope a little chance at redeeming oneself He doesn t fit the anti hero definition but he definitely has his own style of justice


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