Murder in Mykonos
An Andreas Kaldis Mystery by Jeffrey Siger
Review: With its plethora of jewelry stores and other shopping opportunities and all-night bars and restaurants, Mykonos, one of Greece's most famous islands, thrives on the tourist trade. But there's a mystery afoot that if not kept from the media could jeopardize the island's very livelihood. New Police Chief Andreas Kaldis, exiled from his beloved Athens homicide squad, has the responsibility of keeping the island's reputation safe.
But that becomes incredibly hard when two young women disappear and police find the bones of other female victims in burial sites under many of Mykonos's family churches. Kaldis and the local homicide chief partner to solve a crime that has haunted Mykonos for decades, a mystery with far too many suspects.
Jeffrey Siger's debut novel, Murder in Mykonos, offers a terrific setting of the famous island of Mykonos, cloaked in legend and mystery. This novel, the first in a series, introduces readers to Andreas Kaldis, an Athens homicide detective who did his job too well, so his bosses have sent him to serve as police chief of Mykonos to get him out of Athens.
Kaldis is a solid character although a bit too much of a bully with suspects, which could stem from unhappiness with his new position. Readers also meet various restaurant, jewelry store and hotel owners; Tassos, the local homicide chief; and Kouros, one of Kaldis's officers who I liked very much. After an embarrassing first encounter with Kaldis, he treats his chief with respect but doesn't lose his ability to think independently. I appreciated this depth of personality in contrast to most of the members of Annika's family who while concerned came off as one-dimensional. Also, Annika's cousin, Demetra, comes to Mykonos to meet Annika and shows some spunk when she finds out her cousin has gone missing, but then we never hear from her again.
Siger's plot that revolves around disappearing women, a decades-long mystery and the hunt for a killer sounds promising, but I finished the book unsatisfied. Perhaps, I missed something, but I never quite understood why the killer committed the crimes. That said, Siger did a wonderful job of inspiring suspense and terror with many of the scenes with Annika, one of the women who have disappeared and her captor.
Siger sprinkles the novel with information on Greek history, customs and legend, which show he has done his research and add authenticity to the story. Readers who enjoy gaining knowledge through their fiction will learn of the panegyria, celebrations of saints on their name days; myths of the island of Delos; and secret passages on Mykonos. He adds descriptions of churches, statues and temples, which bring the islands to life. Siger's plot has some interesting twists and turns, and I look forward to reading the next book to see if I enjoy it more. I try never to judge an author on one book alone.
Special thanks to Katherine Petersen for contributing her review of Murder in Mykonos.
Acknowledgment: Poisoned Pen Press provided an ARC of Murder in Mykonos for this review.
Review Copyright © 2009 — Katherine Petersen — All Rights Reserved
Reprinted with Permission
Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
Assassins of Athens
Poisoned Pen Press (Hardcover), January 2010
ISBN-13: 9781590586891; ISBN-10: 1590586891
Location(s) referenced in Murder in Mykonos: Mykonos, Greece
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Murder in Mykonos by Jeffrey Siger — An Andreas Kaldis Mystery
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: January 2009
List Price: $24.95