It is winter in the mountains of Greece and as the snow falls in
the tiny village of Vrisi a coffin is unearthed and broken open,
revealing some unexpected remains to the astonished mourners
gathered at the graveside. In a village where gossip flows like
ouzo, the discovery in the grave sets tongues wagging and heads
shaking. But when a body is found buried beneath the fallen snow in
the shadow of the shrine of St Fanourios (the patron saint of lost
things), it seems the truth, behind both the body and the coffin
may be far stranger than the villagers' wildest imaginings.
Hermes Diaktoros, drawn to the mountains on an affair of the heart,
finds himself embroiled in the mysteries of Vrisi, as well as the
enigmatic last will and testament of Greece's most admired
modern poet. The Whispers of Nemesis is a story of desperate
measures and dark secrets, of murder and immortality, and of pride
coming before the steepest of falls.
A wonderful depiction of life in rural Greece in wintertime, a plot full of curious characters and mysterious developments, and a detective who's a mixture of Poirot, Marlowe and Clarence the angel from It's A Wonderful Life - this book is a real delight, refreshing and original Morning Star PRAISE FOR 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 ... Lovely, delicious prose and plot - as tasty as one of those irresistible honey-soaked Greek confections' Alexander McCall Smith '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 - the perfect read to curl up with' Guardian 'Absorbing and beautifully written and reveals the savage, superstitious reality behind the pretty facade that is all that most of us know of any Greek island' Literary Review 'Diaktoros is a delight. Half Poirot, half deus ex machina, but far more earth-bound than his first name suggests, the portly detective has an other-worldly, Marlowesque incorruptibility as he waddles through the mean olive groves' Guardian
Anne Zouroudi, im rauen Nordengland geboren und aufgewachsen, hat sich schon immer gewünscht, auf einer sonnenbeschienenen griechischen Insel zu leben. Doch erst nach Jahren der Arbeit an der Wall Street erfüllte sie sich ihren Lebenstraum und ging nach Griechenland. Die Liebe zum mediterranen Süden inspiriert sie noch heute zu ihren Romanen, obwohl sie inzwischen mit ihrem Sohn wieder in England, im Derbyshire s Peak District, lebt.