Review: The Messenger of Athens
When Irini is found dead on the Greek island of Thiminos, everyone accepts the local authority’s pronouncement that it was a suicide. Then Hermes Diaktoros shows up saying he has been sent from Athens to help with the investigation, and they all assume he’s a policeman, and cooperate with his investigation.
Hermes gets to the bottom of things, discovering corruption, murder and deception. But, who he is, who sent him to Thiminos, and how does he know about events from the past?
The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi started out slow for me, only picking up about halfway through the book. I’m not sure why, but I suspect it’s because it’s rather an old fashioned mystery – there’s no violence or suspense involved. There is however a wonderful setting and some interesting characters and once I got attached to them, I began to become engrossed in the book.
One of the biggest mysteries of the book is who is Hermes – or the fat man, as he is called – and who sent him, but the reader is never given any background about him, and I found that frustrating at times. I wanted to know how he knew all that he did.
The Messenger of Athens is the first book in a series featuring detective Hermes Diaktoros. Overall, I found the writing of the book to be lovely, but the story to be a little bit slow. I think readers who enjoy a more old-fashioned mystery will enjoy this one much more than I did.
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