The Messenger of Athens

The Messenger of Athens

A Novel

Book - 2010
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After the battered body of a woman is found on the Greek island of Thiminos, Athenian investigator Hermes Diaktoros inexplicably shows up to prove that the death was not an accident and find the killer. But Hermes brings mysteries of his own to this tiny, remote island.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780316075428
Branch Call Number: FICTION Zou
Description: 324 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Nov 05, 2016

The first book in the Hermes Diaktoros series

Apr 27, 2016

The author attempts to compensate for a weak plot and stereotypical characters by using elaborate descriptions to create "atmosphere." Unfortunately she applies her descriptions like a tweenager experimenting with make-up for the first time -- she layers it on far too thickly. This makes for tedious reading. In the words of the well-known aphorism, "sometimes less is more."

rebeccamackenzie Dec 04, 2013

It brings the Greek Islands to life. And justice is served in the most unique way.

Nov 05, 2011

“The Messenger of Athens” introduces us to Hermes Diaktoros, a fat man who is remarkably light on his feet, and carries a satchel with the most interesting contents. He arrives in the island of Thiminos to help in the investigation of the death of Irini Asimakopoulos. But who is he? And why has he really come? Bit by bit, the story is unpeeled –well, a bit graphically at times – sometimes in the first person, sometimes in the third, with little nudges and hints to draw the reader deeper into the story. Ms. Zouroudi has done a very charming thing: she makes the reader feel clever. And oddly enough, this reader now understands Neil Gamin’s “American Gods” just a little bit better too. Hopefully, the sleek, ocean going cruiser the Aphrodite will drop anchor again soon, and we will see more of Hermes Diaktoros.

Aug 28, 2011

Another intriguing mystery. Will we ever learn the 'truth' about Hermes?

Blackjack_1 May 27, 2011

I am looking forward to the next book in the series. This story is a cross between Alexander McCall Smith and Agatha Cristie!

Jan 10, 2011

Although too long and draggy, Anne Zouroudi’s debut murder mystery shows promise with its careful depiction of the passions, pathologies, and corruption of a small Greek village. Chapter 15 provides an unusually astute study of the types of psychological pressures Greek family members exert to control one another. And the character of Zouroudi’s chief sleuth, Hermes Diaktoros, is a fascinating combination of bon vivant, folk healer, and avenging angel.


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