The Lady of Sorrows
By Anne Zouroudi, author of the Mysteries of the Greek Detective
- '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.' (Alexander McCall Smith)
- "What I loved from the moment I began reading was her delicious writing style. The book is crafted like a gourmet meal that you want to savour, relishing each bite rather than wolfing it down and racing on to the next one". (Rin Simpson, NowIamthirty.journoblog.net)
- "Hermes Diaktoros is a fantastic character, well-described by one reviewer as “part Hercule Poirot, part deus ex machina”.
I found him a very reassuring character, and one I don’t doubt I would get on with very well if he were to wander into my office and invite me to discuss philosophy or the opera over a glass of wine on his boat. That is another of Anne’s skills, creating characters who are rounded and real, who you can actually imagine meeting and who you remember long after you finish the story."
(Rin Simpson, NowIamthirty.journoblog.net)
- The unflappable Hermes acts as the narrative's jovial anchor, intelligently scanning the Aegean in search of answers. In between following up leads and chatting up his witnesses, there's always time for a small ouzo or well-ripened peach.
- "Quite a change from Scandinavian noir. Very evocative descriptions of a Greek island and it's people, while the Fat Man as the Greek Detective is always named, is a Poirot-type character." Margareth8537, Goodreads
- “Enrico had prepared papoutsakia, little shoes – aubergines filled with garlic rich meat sauce, baked with a cheese topped bechamel. A salad of tomatoes and red onions was dressed with virgin olive oil and sprinkled with ferns of fresh dill. There was a half loaf of still warm bread…..and a bottle of cold rose”
- I love the descriptions of the food!
“…on the platter was a fish; a large red snapper charred in dark stripes where it had rested on the barbecue grill, its eyes baked white, its fins and skin crisp. Arragedc round it on the platter were four quarters of lemon. The fat man stood up from his chair, clapped Ilias on the back and hugged him”
See what I mean? Doesn’t that just make your mouth water?
(Elaine Simpson-Long, Random Jottings)
- "Once again another fascinating story from Anne Zouroudi. Hermes seems to develop more and more as the series goes on. As an Hellenophile who loves a good mystery this book is just up my street. Bravo!" (Julie Ryan, Goodreads)
- “The fat man had breakfasted on purple figs, yoghurt and honey and a slice of moist almond cake”
- A quick and easy read, quite atmospheric and perfect relaxation reading for a holiday or just a distraction. Well written; there is no clunky dialogue, bubble gum philosophy or overblown prose so it just glides past your eyes. The plot centres on the mysterious Hermes Diaktoros, an Icon in a remote church and the mysterious death of an old icon painter.... Johanne, Goodreads
- Zouroudi has created an unique character and her own, different to other normal crime stories, way of fascinating the reader.
I am not sure if we could call our charming and funny Diaktoros a private detective. He is such a natural character and person. Every story about him is a pure joy. Wonderful described world and captivatingly atmosphere.
I really recommend the series! Every single book in it is readable without having read the first one and you will have a thrilling time.
Go and pick one up!.. (Janosch Fingerhut, Goodreads)