What if the gods were still among us, dabbling in our lives?
‘The gods of Greek mythology aren’t far away. Some say when the people stopped believing in them, they ceased to exist. But this view’s still what it was when Jason built the Argo and the Minotaur was eating virgins in the labyrinth. Two thousand years and nothing’s changed, so don’t think they’ve gone! If you look around, really look’ – Nikos pointed to the centre of his forehead – ‘using this eye, then you start to see. They’re here. They’re watching. And interfering.’
(From the first Greek Mystery, The Messenger of Athens)
Anne Zouroudi is the creator of Hermes Diaktoros, one of crime fiction’s most enigmatic characters. Anne’s award-winning novels are set amongst the beautiful landscapes of Greece and the Greek islands – between the olive groves and sparkling blue seas – where time has little meaning, and the pressures of modern life are easily forgotten.
The Greek Detective – a New Hercule Poirot
Hermes – known as the fat man – is every bit as well-dressed and fastidious as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. And like Poirot, he’s tasked with bringing justice where there is none, and righting wrongs whose roots are sometimes buried deep. Yet in searching out the answers to the puzzles that he finds, he himself remains a mystery. On whose authority does he act? And how does he know of dramas played out long ago?
‘Anne Zouroudi writes beautifully – her books have all the sparkle and light of the island landscapes in which she sets them. The Lady of Sorrows, her latest, is a gorgeous treat…Lovely, delicious prose and plot – as tasty as one of those irresistible honey-soaked Greek confections. – Alexander McCall-Smith
Diaktoros is a delight. 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. – Guardian