The Taint of Midas by Anne Zouroudi
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Gabrilis Kaloyeros is a bee-keeper on the beautiful Greek island of Arcadia. The ruined Temple of Apollo has been in his care for decades, and he has worked to protect it. But when crooked developers take over the island and the value of the land soars, he is persuaded through unscrupulous means to sign away his interest. Hours later he meets a violent, lonely death.

When detective Hermes Diaktoros finds his friend's battered body by a dusty roadside, the police quickly name him the prime suspect. But with rapacious developers threatening Arcadia's most ancient sites, many stand to gain from Gabrilis's death. Hermes resolves to avenge his old friend and find the true culprit, but his methods are, as ever, unorthodox.

As in The Messenger of Athens, Anne Zouroudi tells a spellbinding mystery set in an enchanted place, where the myths of the ancient past intersect with the realities of contemporary life, with deadly results.
 

About Anne Zouroudi

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Anne Zouroudi was born in England and has lived in the Greek islands. Her attachment to Greece remains strong; the country is the inspiration for much of her writing. She now lives in northern England.
 
Published July 20, 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books. 315 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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In Zouroudi's lyrical second Seven Deadly Sins mystery (after 2010's The Messenger of Athens), cheap bungalows for foreigners are replacing olive groves on the island of Arcadia, much to the dismay of

May 16 2011 | Read Full Review of The Taint of Midas: A Novel

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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.

Oct 10 2008 | Read Full Review of The Taint of Midas: A Novel

The Greek island of Arcadia is no longer the earthly paradise of old Gabrilis Kaloyeros's youth. Grape vineyards and fields are being replaced by tract housing for tourists. Gabrilis refuses to sell his melon fields or the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, and then he is killed by a hit-and-run driv...

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