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The Whispers of Nemesis

(The fifth book in the Mysteries of the Greek Detective series)
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The Whispers of Nemesis is the fifth in Anne Zouroudi's unique series of award-winning mysteries, where mythology meets murder in the timeless landscapes of almost-contemporary Greece.

Anne Zouroudi's tales of the Greek Detective are 'Gripping and tense, with an atmosphere which holds you in thrall', says Susan Hill.
'Essentially gloriously sunny escapism, the perfect holiday read' (Daily Telegraph).

Readers of Andrea Camilleri, Donna Leon, Alexander McCall-Smith and Neil Gaiman's American Gods will love the mysterious, enigmatic Greek detective Hermes Diaktoros, 'half Poirot, half deus ex machina' (Guardian).

It is winter in the mountains of Greece and as the snow falls in the tiny village of Vrisi a coffin is unearthed and broken open, revealing some unexpected remains to the astonished mourners gathered at the graveside.
In a village where gossip flows like ouzo, the discovery in the grave sets tongues wagging and heads shaking. But when a body is found buried beneath the fallen snow in the shadow of the shrine of St Fanourios (the patron saint of lost things), it seems the truth, behind both the body and the coffin may be far stranger than the villagers' wildest imaginings. Hermes Diaktoros, drawn to the mountains on an affair of the heart, finds himself embroiled in the mysteries of Vrisi, as well as the enigmatic last will and testament of Greece's most admired modern poet.
The Whispers of Nemesis is a story of desperate measures and dark secrets, of murder and immortality, and of pride coming before the steepest of falls.

Anne Zouroudi is a past winner of the Coventry Book Award and has been shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards and the Desmond Elliott Prize.


Anne Zouroudi's Greek mystery is full of 'all the sparkle and light of the island landscapes in which she sets them . . . Lovely, delicious prose and plot - as tasty as one of those irresistible honey-soaked Greek confections' - Alexander McCall Smith

'Gripping and tense with an atmosphere which holds you in thrall' - Susan Hill

'Firmly in the delicious subgenre of crime-cum-gastroporn pioneered by Andrea Camilleri . . . Essentially gloriously sunny escapism, the perfect holiday read' - Daily Telegraph

'Riveting' - Wall Street Journal

'This powerfully atmospheric mystery embraces Mediterranean passion, mythic meddling and patriarchal persecution. Anne Zouroudi proves a natural at the dark arts of writing Euro-crime' - Independent

'Not only charming and engrossing stories, but also shrewd and often bleak portraits of individual weakness and social fragility . . . rich in wonderfully compressed scenes, any one of which might have become a short story. But this is a mystery novel, and Zouroudi creates suspense as elegantly as she does atmosphere' - Washington Post

'I can't get enough of Anne Zouroudi's dapper and enigmatic Greek detective Hermes Diaktoros' - The Australian

'Diaktoros is a delight. Half Poirot, half deus ex machina, but far more earth-bound than his first name suggests, the portly detective has an otherworldly, Marlowesque incorruptibility. 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' - Guardian

'Anne Zouroudi writes about the nitty-gritty underbelly of life on the Greek islands but with much pathos and passion. Each one is a delicious delight to be savoured at your leisure' - Top Ten Best Novels about Greece, Away with the Ferries

'Greece so charmingly portrayed in Anne Zouroudi's novels' - The Times

Genre: Mystery

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