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.
Mykonos is one of the most popular of the Greek islands. Jackie Onassis, before she was an Onassis, used to vacation there. It is a Mecca for the day-tripper for shopping, sampling the unstressed Greek life and enjoying the sunny beaches. Many of the visitors are foot-passengers. Most of these are students who, with knapsack on their back, are looking for fun in the sun and the possibility of a summer romance. Young women, however, are especially vulnerable to those who would like to exploit them by taking advantage of their inexperience and naïveté. Such is the case in MURDER IN MYKONOS.
Andreas Kaldis, a homicide detective from Athens, has been sent to Mykonos to serve as the local Chief of Police. He feels it is a form of banishment as he is not one to be "politically correct" and therefore has made enemies on the police force in Athens. Upon his arrival on Mykonos he finds he isn't welcome there either, for the locals have their own way of doing things.
Just as Andreas arrives, a young female has been found buried inside an abandoned village church. There is something about the death that disturbs him. During his investigation of the death, he has to deal with subordinates who won't obey, or who keep information from him. Whom can he trust? While establishing his authority, he is confronted with a request from a Greek woman, living in the Netherlands, to find her daughter who is supposed to be visiting the island after graduating from college.
As more bodies turn up in churches around the island, Andreas seeks the help of Tassos Stamatos, chief homicide investigator for the Cyclades. Were they dealing with a serial killer or merely coincidence? Almost before he can ask the question of himself, he and Tassos are racing against time to find the missing female student before she too is murdered. Their quest takes them deep into the heart of the island and beyond as they search for the killer who is using his knowledge of ancient myths and the determination to not get caught until he succeeds in his demented mission.
MURDER IN MYKONOS is the debut novel by Jeffrey Siger. He has lived on Mykonos for the past 25 years and his first-hand knowledge of the island allows him to paint a vivid picture of the local life while still capturing the wonder of someone who is an outsider. It is this successful blending that brings a most interesting story to life.
The story is a well-written nail-biter. For those who love Greece it is a must-read. And, for those who like mysteries that tantalize and keep you guessing right up to the last sentence, this is a winner.
Ginger K.W. Stratton
—REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE