The Bull of Mithros – The Sixth Greek Detective Mystery
The Bull of Mithros takes enigmatic investigator Hermes Diaktoros back to the heat of a Greek summer to solve a mystery on the island of Mithros, famous for its fabled Bull.
The violent robbery of a wealthy philanthropist leaves the island reeling, and a man dead as the perpetrators escape. For years it seems the crimes will go unpunished; then, as Hermes arrives to learn more about the missing Bull, a stranger is thrown overboard by his shipmates, and lacking money or identification, is forced to remain on Mithros against his wishes.
But is he truly a stranger? Some residents think his face is familiar, and when he suffers an unpleasant death, it seems someone’s set themselves up as judge and jury for those long-ago offences.
In his inimitable style, Hermes sets about solving the complex puzzle of who’s guilty, and who’s innocent, what part’s been played by the missing Bull, and who’s fallen prey to the seductive sin of sloth.
Reviews of The Bull of Mithros
‘This book gives a wonderful inside picture of Greek island life: the ramshackle houses and twisting lanes; the walls that may harbour the odd snake; the heat and the sun from which even the donkeys need shade; the fat, scented old men; the young, lazy, card-playing army recruits; the laissez faire attitude of officialdom; the dirt and the flies; and the beautifully clear sea. Each of the characters fits perfectly into this life and their actions are all absolutely in keeping with it. Their attitudes provide a picture of a life way largely untouched by the modern world.’ Reviewing the Evidence
‘When you read fiction set in Greece, there is a tendency for books to polarise between the urban – which often depicts the underbelly of Greek life, and the rural, where particularly on the islands there can be a ‘cosiness’ to the murders. However, as those who have lived in Greece know, the islands can be a place of violence and deceit and Zouroudi is excellent at showing what lies beneath the apparent tranquillity of the blue skies and whitewashed houses.
Zouroudi’s books often have an other-worldly feel about them which works so well in relation to the central character. She adds to this feel with small touches, such as retaining the drachma as the currency on the island and by placing parts of the plots in the old fashioned ‘kafenions’. The island has a wealthy patron, Vassilis Eliadis, who has made his fortune through shady business dealings and has naturally picked up enemies along the way. Zouroudi portrays well these benefactors in Greek society whose riches are used to control and obfuscate others.
‘The Bull of Mithros’ is a great and enthralling read which can be thoroughly enjoyed whether sitting on a Greek island or stuck in rainy Britain.’ Crimesquad