A jilted bride weeps on an empty beach. A local doctor is attacked in an isolated churchyard. Trouble arrives at a bad time to 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 radiant Mediterranean backdrop, THE DOCTOR OF THESSALY is a spellbinding mystery about the dark consequences of envy.
Sophisticated classic mystery fans will welcome Zoroudi's third Deadly Sins mystery (after 2011's The Whispers of Nemesis). Her Poirot-like sleuth, Hermes Diaktoros, whose exact employers remain obscure, arrives in the small Greek village of Morfi at a delicate time. Town doctor Louis Chabrol, a Frenchman, has stood up his bride-to-be, Chrissa Kaligi, but an innocent if horrific explanation is soon forthcoming. Someone has thrown a caustic chemical into Chabrol's face after luring him to a remote spot, blinding him. Diaktoros, an easy-going gourmand who's very particular about his appearance, subtly insinuates himself into the village's life in an effort to identify Chabrol's assailant. Apart from her empathic lead, Zoroudi's evocative prose is a plus ("When the wind blew, the corrugated iron roof-lashed down with rope and weighted with rocks-sang like the haunting dead, rattling its own percussion"). (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Reagan Arthur Books
December 04, 2012
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