It’s been a long wait, but the latest Greek island mystery is now available!
The Gifts of Poseidon features – of course – enigmatic Greek detective Hermes Diaktoros, who’s unravelling the strands of a baffling case set on the island of Liteos. Amongst the red herrings is plenty of wonderful Greek food, and I’ve aimed for an ending I think very few of you will see coming.
Liteos is a fictional place, but if you know the beautiful island of Alonissos – one of the northern Sporades – you may in your mind’s eye recognise one or two locations. I found the inspiration for the plot there, in a casual conversation with a waiter about the locally caught tuna for which Alonissos is famous.
When I began writing the Greek detective books, I envisaged a series of seven, based on the Seven Deadly Sins. In the early days, completing those seven books felt like the Labours of Hercules, but the seven years it took to write them flew by. When The Feast of Artemis was published, I was as nonplussed as Hermes’s fans. What should I do next? Had Hermes reached the natural end of his fictional life? Was it time for him to disappear, to slip away to wherever it was he came from? I had many more Hermes stories I wanted to write, and a long list of possible plot-lines in my notebooks.
And everywhere I went, readers wanted more, of Hermes and his timeless and beautiful Greece. The outcome was inevitable, and happy.
There will be more Hermes. He deserves to live on, and so there’s another book – my ninth – already on the way. In the meantime, I’m delighted to offer you the eighth Greek Detective novel, in the hope it brings you as much pleasure in the reading as the writing gave to me.
Author of the Mysteries of the Greek Detective, books with a touch of mythology set in almost-contemporary Greece, and featuring lots of fabulous Greek food.
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