Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi (44/81)

Category: Crime and Detectives with a global theme
Country: Greece

A mysterious detective arrives on a small Greek island to investigate the death of a woman that police have dismissed as suicide. The book moved between the present and the last weeks of the woman's life.

Central to the story were the traditional Greek attitudes towards marriage, family and honour. and it showed a community dominated by superstitions, pride and shame. These aspects added an interesting dimension to the murder investigation, along with speculation about the identity of the detective.

It was a very engaging story, and the local colour, despite the negative aspects, made me yearn for a holiday in Greece!

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