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The Doctor of Thessaly (Mysteries of/Greek Detective 3) (edition 2011)

by Anne Zouroudi

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Title:The Doctor of Thessaly (Mysteries of/Greek Detective 3)
Authors:Anne Zouroudi
Info:Bloomsbury (2011), Kindle Edition, 256 pages
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Third outing for Hermes Diaktoros - Anne Zouroudi's Greek detective. Gentle & observant story telling & good read for Grecophiles ( )
  sianpr | Sep 1, 2013 |
Book three in this fine series, notable for the main character who is mysterious, gentle and maybe magical. The author writes with a strong sense of place and character. ( )
  mlanzotti | Dec 4, 2012 |
Another interesting instalment in this atmospheric series. A bride sobs on a beach after seemingly being jilted at the altar, but later her groom, the local doctor, is found mutilated. Hermes Diaktoros's car breaks down in the village and he decides to investigate the crime, even though the doctor is unwilling. We still just don't quite know who Hermes is, or who his mysteriously employers are, although there are a few hints scattered through this book. This feels like a story of the Greece that the tourists don't see. ( )
  riverwillow | Sep 3, 2010 |
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... There within

she saw that Envy was intent upon

a meal of viper flesh, the meat that fed

her vice ... And when she saw the splendid goddess dressed

in gleaming armour, Envy moaned: her face

contracted as she sighed. That face is wan,

that body shriveled; and her gaze is not

direct; her teeth are filled with filfth and rot;

her breast is green with gall, and poison coats

her tongue. She never smiles except when some

sad sight brings her delight; she is denied

sweet sleep, for she is too preoccupied,

forever vigilant; when men succeed,

she is displeased - success means her defeat.

She gnaws at others and at her own self -

her never-ending, self-inflicted hell...

Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book 2

(Translated by Alan Mandelbaum)
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Acta est fabula, plaudite!
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One by one, peal by peal, the joyful church bells fell silent.
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A jilted bride weeps on an empty beach. A local doctor is attacked in an isolated churchyard. Trouble arrives at a bad time to the backwater village of Morfi, just as the community is making headlines with a visit from a high-ranking government minister. Fortunately, where there's trouble, there's Hermes Diaktoros, the mysterious fat man whose tennis shoes are always pristine and whose investigative methods are always unorthodox. Hermes must investigate a brutal crime, thwart the petty machinations of the town's ex-mayor and his cronies, and try to settle the troubled waters of two sisters' relationship. But how can he unravel a mystery that not even the victim wants solved?… (more)

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