Murder in Mykonos

Murder in Mykonos

An Inspector Kaldis Mystery

By Jeffrey Siger

Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590585818, 279pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2009

Description
A young woman on holiday to Mykonos, the most famous of Greece's Aegean Cycladic islands, simply disappears off the face of the earth. And no one notices. That is, until a body turns up on a pile of bones under the floor of a remote mountain church. Then the island's new police chief the young, politically incorrect, former Athens homicide detective Andreas Kaldis starts finding bodies, bones, and suspects almost everywhere he looks. Teamed with the canny, nearly-retired local homicide chief, Andreas tries to find the killer before the media can destroy the island's fabled reputation with a barrage of world-wide attention on a mystery that's haunted Mykonos undetected for decades. Just when it seems things can t get any worse, another young woman disappears and political niceties no longer matter. With the investigation now a rescue operation, Andreas finds himself plunging into ancient myths and forgotten island places, racing against a killer intent on claiming a new victim who is herself determined to outstep him.


About the Author
The New York Times described Jeffrey Siger s novels as thoughtful police procedurals set in picturesque but not untroubled Greek locales, the Greek Press called his work prophetic, Eurocrime described him as a very gifted American author...on a par with other American authors such as Joseph Wambaugh or Ed McBain, and the City of San Francisco awarded him its Certificate of Honor citing that his acclaimed books have not only explored modern Greek society and its ancient roots but have inspired political change in Greece. Mykonos After Midnight is the fifth novel in his Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis series, following up on his internationally best-selling Murder in Mykonos, Assassins of Athens, Prey on Patmos, and Target: Tinos. www.jeffreysiger.com


Praise For Murder in Mykonos

Soon after a woman's bound body turns up in a remote, abandoned church on the island of Mykonos in Siger's impressive debut, a score of other bodies surfaceaall, like the first, female travelers whose disappearances over two decades have been overlooked or ignored. Police chief Andreas Kaldis, recently transferred from Athens, teams with older homicide cop Tassos Stamatos to investigate the crimes, but even the wily veteran struggles with the plethora of suspects and local pressure to hide a peril that threatens the tourism the island lives on. Only when a new abduction occurs does their search gain official sanction, leading to a resolution that shakes Kaldis professionally and personally. Though the marshaling of suspects may strike some readers as formulaic, Siger's view of Mykonos (where he lives part-time) is nicely nuanced, as is the mystery's ambiguous resolution. Kaldis's feisty personality and complex backstory are appealing as well, solid foundations for a projected series. -- Publishers Weeklyof Murder in Mykonos

"Siger's intimate knowledge of Mykonos adds color and interest to his serviceable prose and his simple premise. The result is a surprisingly effective debut novel." -- Kirkus Reviews of Murder in Mykonos