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BOOK REVIEW: MURDER IN MYKONOS
BY JEFFREY M. SIGER

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.



With winter upon us, I'm ready to settle in and read about warm and sunny places and Murder in Mykonos allows me to do just that. Set on the the Greek Islands of Mykonos and Delos, author Siger has done an excellent job of placing the reader right there on the islands with the characters. I could almost feel the sand, hear the music and see the sea with Annika Vanden Haag, the young woman who's trip to the islands is at the center of the book.

Andreas Kaldis has been promoted to Police Chief on Mykonos Island. He did not want the job. He did not want to leave Athens, but because he was too thorough in one of his investigations, he was promoted to his new position to get him out of Athens. Mostly a vacation spot for rich tourists, there shouldn't be any major crimes for him to investigate on Mykonos. Yet barely had Kaldis arrived when the call came in of a body found in a family church. Assuming it was probably the decaying remains of an animal, Kaldis was stunned to discover it was the body of a young woman. Worse, it appears there may be other bones in the crypt that are not old enough for the ones officially buried there as well.

Siger smoothly shifts the point of view between Kaldis, the killer and Annika, a half Greek half Dutch tourist. By writing the book in this manner, he builds suspense without giving anything away. The author taunts readers as he strings them along dropping hints as to who the killer is, but doesn't reveal the identity until the very end. I was fooled. Looking back I see the clues, but I guessed wrong.

Siger has nearly made the setting of the book one of the characters. The reader is not only immersed in the climate and atmosphere of the island, but in it's culture as well. With much of the action taking place around the family churches that cover the landscape of the island, readers are given an inside look at some of the traditions surrounding those churches and other aspects of the Greek Orthodox religion as practiced on the Greek Aegean Islands.

As this book is published by Poisoned Pen Press, there are two interesting things to note. This book features a serial killer and teeters on the edge of being a thriller. We don't know who the killer is until the end, but readers do follow him throughout the book. It also contains some fairly graphic scenes although they are totally appropriate to the plot. Both serial killers and explicit scenes are quite unusual in Poisoned Pen Press books. However, this is such a great book, it's a good thing they widened their scope and published it. American readers would have missed a terrific read otherwise.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, CARYN ST. CLAIR


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