The Doctor of Thessaly: A Seven Deadly Sins Mystery (Hermes Diaktoros)

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"Zouroudi proved herself as adept as Agatha Christie...What lingers longest is the book's evocation of a timeless Greece."--Wall Street Journal

A jilted bride weeps on an empty beach. A local doctor is attacked in an isolated churchyard. Trouble arrives at a bad time in the backwater village of Morfi, just as the community is making headlines with a visit from a high-ranking government minister. Fortunately, where there's trouble, there's Hermes Diaktoros, the mysterious fat man whose tennis shoes are always pristine and whose investigative methods are always unorthodox.

Hermes must investigate a brutal crime, thwart the petty machinations of the town's ex-mayor and his cronies, and try to settle the troubled waters of two sisters' relationship. But how can he unravel a mystery that not even the victim wants solved?

Set against a sparkling Mediterranean backdrop, THE DOCTOR OF THESSALY is a spellbinding mystery about the dark consequences of envy.

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About the Author:

Anne Zouroudi was born in England and has lived in the Greek islands. Her attachment to Greece remains strong; the country is the inspiration for much of her writing. She now lives in northern England.

Review:

PRAISE FOR THE DOCTOR OF THESSALY:

"Zouroudi's latest mystery brings the Hellenic vibe tantalisingly close...The plot works well, but more diverting still is Zouroudi's atmospheric portrait of this austerely beautiful backwater." (Emma Hagestadt, The Independent (UK))

PRAISE FOR THE TAINT OF MIDAS:

"Appealing...In Anne Zouroudi's talented hands, Arcadia comes across as a once-lovely place with traces of the old, fresh, aromatic island still intact, but with ever larger swaths smashed by the machinery of industrial tourism." (Richard Lipez, The Washington Post)

"A leisurely paced contemporary steeped in Greek mythology...With its wonderful premise for a mystery series, this entry captivates. Hermes is a fastidious philosopher, making this perfect book group material. Highly recommended, particularly for Alexander McCall Smith fans and perhaps the Nero Wolfe set as well." (Library Journal)

"Lyrical...a lovely paean to the Greek islands." (Publishers Weekly)

PRAISE FOR THE MESSENGER OF ATHENS:

"Riveting...as surprising as a classic detective story, and as sad and inevitable as an ancient Greek drama." (Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal)

"This elegant mystery has the hallmarks of a classic Greek tragedy." (Carole E. Barrowman, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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