American writer Jeffrey Siger's debut novel, MURDER IN MYKONOS, received widespread, critical acclaim as a "brilliant," "can't put down" mystery-thriller, giving "an insider's view of the island paradise of Mykonos," and skyrocketed to rank as the #1 best selling English-language book in Greece!
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.
Sort of a 'Mama Mia' setting for a 'No Country for Old Men' thriller.
Poisoned Pen Press published MURDER IN MYKONOS in the United States in January, 2009.
Aikaterini Lalaouni Editions of Athens simultaneously released Greek- and English-language versions in Greece. It was the first time a foreign work of fiction debuted there in both languages. Goldmann Publishing/Random House will publish MURDER IN MYKONOS in Germany in July 2010 (titled OPFERGABEN) and Piatkus Books/Little Brown will publish the novel in the UK and Commonwealth.
Mystery writing is one pursuit where imitation isn’t the sincerest form of flattery. Look at how many top writers crank out cookie-cutter copies of earlier successes. Look at how some lesser writers trot out paint-by-number facsimiles. Who could count the number of books that have tried to imitate The Da Vinci Code or the techno-thrillers hoping to suck up some of Clancy’s dollars? Speaking of sucking up, the proliferation of vampire-themed whodunits must keep Dracula up all night reading.
Facsimiles and cookie-cutters are just some of the reasons why fresh faces, styles, and approaches can be a treat to discover. Mysteries are one of the pillars of the book industry because they traditionally provide genuine surprise and, occasionally, that rarest of elements, the truly sinister. The new author striving for these goals may need to be nurtured as he or she is seasoned—the successful ones will ultimately enrich the genre.
FOR A MEMORABLE DEBUT, see Greek policeman Andreas Kaldis and his creator, Jeffrey Siger, in Murder in Mykonos (Poisoned Pen Press, 978-1-59058-581-8), the first of a projected series based in the Greek Isles. Siger lives part-time on Mykonos, one of the Aegean Cycladic Islands, and his knowledge of the people and the terrain conveys authenticity and vividness.
The story is an intriguing search for a ritualistic serial killer who targets tall, blonde female tourists. Just as intriguing is Kaldis’s character, a professional cop who is sent to the island for political reasons, and the variety of interesting, unpredictable local characters. Siger is a writer who knows how to keep things moving.