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The Bull of Mithros by Anne Zouroudi
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Another delightful mystery in the author's Seven Deadly Sins series. This one involves sloth, which you see almost from the beginning of the novel; the whole population of Mithros is apathetic. An ancient archaeological artifact, the beautifully-decorated figurine of a bull, has been found on the island, then stolen. Even a replica from the little museum is stolen. Later, a stranger who has come to the village is murdered and his body found in a well. Hermes Diaktoros arrives on his yacht and sets out to solve the mysteries, revealing secrets from years before. Upon the solution, he dispenses his justice, as always morality. The author constructed a fast-reading, interesting
novel from the idea of sloth; I would imagine it was a hard novel to write--to make the story believable.

Highly recommended. ( )
  janerawoof | Dec 27, 2016 |
I’m a huge fan of this series depicting a Greece that the tourists rarely get to experience. Hermes Diaktoros is an investigator empowered by the ‘Authorities’ to mete out justice. But, despite certain similarities in their shape and concern about their mode of dress, Diaktoros is no Hercule Poirot, as his justice is one that invariably doesn’t involve the police and the courts but is more poetic in form, rewarding the good and punishing the transgressors – as I’ve said before he reminds more of Christie’s mysterious invention Harley Quinn, who also brings a strange and wild justice to those he encounters.

Its summer and the island is teeming with tourists but they hardly figure as the locals try to find out just who the stranger, thrown overboard from a boat, is. He seems familiar and may be connected to a violent robbery committed some years previously, or he may not. This is another intriguing mystery and one that takes Diaktoros on an interesting journey as he untangles the relationships and loyalties on the small island of Mithros. Wonderful. ( )
  riverwillow | May 18, 2013 |
"The language brings everything to vividness and situations like with the army conscripts seem very, very real."
read more: http://likeiamfeasting.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/bull-of-mithros-anne-zourodi.html ( )
  mongoosenamedt | Oct 29, 2012 |
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It is summer, and as tourists, drawn by the legend of a priceless missing artifact, disembark on the sun-drenched quay of Mithros, the languid calm of the island is broken by the unorthodox arrival of a stranger who has been thrown overboard in the bay. Lacking money or identification, he is forced for a while to remain on Mithros.… (more)

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