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The Greeks of Beaubien Street: Greekown Stories Book #1 (Greektown Stories) [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Jenkins
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Warning! This book contains a graphic murder and rape scene. It's meant for adult readers.
Nestled below the skyline of Detroit you'll find Greektown, a few short blocks of colorful bliss, warm people and Greek food. In spite of growing up immersed in the safety of her family and their rich culture, Jill Zannos doesn't fit in. A Detroit homicide detective, she manages to keep one foot planted firmly in the traditions started by her grandparents, while the other navigates

the most devastated neighborhoods in the city she can't help but love. She is a no nonsense workaholic with no girlfriends, an odd boyfriend who refuses to grow up, and an uncanny intuition, inherited from her mystic grandmother that acts as her secret weapon to crime solving success. Her story winds around tales of her family and their secret laden history, while she investigates the most despicable murder of her career.

The Greeks of Beaubien Street is a modern tale of a family grounded in old world, sometimes archaic, tradition as they seek acceptance in American society. They could be any nationality, but they are Greek.

Editorial Reviews


A murder investigation unfolds inside Detroit's tightknit Greek community.....
After a series of well-deployed plot twists, Jill [Zannos] zeroes in on the culprit. Jenkins complicates and expands the domestic and detecting halves of the plot with a deft, sure touch, and her portrayal of Gretchen Parker's final day is unflinchingly stark. Jenkins also expertly captures the exotic sights, sounds, and smells (oregano, mint, garlic, feta, olive oil, tomato, etc.) of the neighborhood.
An effective, memorable police-procedural whodunit.

The Greeks of Beaubien Street
 boldly deconstructs
the mythical Greek American family while simultaneously
offering a portrait of a strong Greek American woman. Dan Georgakas, Editor Cineaste Magazine

From the Author

The Greeks of Beaubien Street is the FIRST book in the Greektown Stories.
Book #2 The Princess of Greektown
Book #3 A Greektown Christmas
Book #4 coming January 2th - A Greektown Wedding

Product Details

  • File Size: 377 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Jenkins Associates LLC (November 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to "Greeks" Part II ! November 18, 2012
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Detroit detective Jill Zannos finds herself assigned to a disturbing murder investigation that unfolds throughout the novel. Jill's close Greek family and their secrets unfold as well. Gus Zannos, Jill's father, owns a Greek market known for it's homemade specialties. Every morning, Jill visits her Dad's establishment for coffee and breakfast and Gus has a bagged lunch ready for his daughter to take to work. Jill's mother, Christina, died when Jill was eight years old so Jill's bond with her father is very strong. Jill's brother Christopher is mentally challenged and has been institutionalized since his infancy. Christina Zannos perished in a motor vehicle accident on her way home after visiting her son.
Gretchen Parker, a 26 year old beauty still living at home with her parents, is the murder victim in this story. She had gone out on a date Friday evening with her boyfriend Mike and did not return home at her 11:00 pm curfew. Jacob Parker, a retired police officer, called in a missing person report and began searching for his daughter. Marianne Parker joined her husband in the search, hoping for the best, yet fearing the worst. Gretchen had never broken curfew--where could she possibly be? Gretchen's nude body was found in an alley behind a hotel on Monday. She had been sexually assaulted and then shot to death.
Jill and her partner, Albert Wong begin their investigation. Interviews are held with the victim's parents, boyfriend, and co-workers. Employees of the hotel near where the body was dumped are also interviewed. Jill possesses a psychic intuition that serves as an extra sensory power during crime investigations. She has a very bad feeling about this victim and the circumstances leading to her brutal murder.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars liked it February 5, 2013
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I can't say enough good things about Suzanne Jenkins', The Greeks of Beaubien Street. This book is an adorable look into a multi-generational Greek-American family based in Detroit, specifically, Greek town, centered around the main character, Jill, a city homicide detective. My favorite theme in this book is the locality. Jenkins does an amazing job describing the culture, area, and characters that convince the readers they could drive to the streets and buildings referenced throughout the story and knock on a door only to find Jill's beloved father, Gus, greeting them with a warm sandwich to replenish them after their long drive. I believe anyone reading this book will come away with a sense of the Detroit area that includes local pride, history, and depth.

While this book is a detective story that includes a well-written murder investigation, more-so it is an investigation into the life of a dedicated local woman with strong roots to the community and even stronger ties to her large, deeply cultural family. I enjoyed Jill's volley between work and family. At times she uses work as an escape from the rigors of her family traditions that demand her to be a proper Greek girl who seeks marriage and children, while, at others, she breaks from work responsibilities to eat with her father surrounded by familiar sights, sounds, and smells of childhood in his food shop and reminisce about days and times gone by.

Jill's character offers many delightful sides, but one in particular grabs at a different sense, the psychic one. As Jill investigates her murder case, she reveals a certain prescience into the life of the victim and those involved in the case surrounding the victim.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars In serious need of an editor May 2, 2013
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The first (& major) problem with this book is the lack of editing. There were so many typos & misspellings, so much bad grammar & too many instances of using the incorrect homonym (then/than, stationary/stationery, imminent/eminent, etc.) that I cringed my way through the book. I guess she didn't use spell check & grammar check when she wrote the manuscript, & didn't have anyone proofread it before publishing. The perils of e-publishing!

Honestly, I'm not sure why I read the entire book. I got the sense that the author couldn't decide whether she wanted to write a mystery or the story of a complicated family. As has been mentioned in other reviews, the book jumps back & forth between the 2 themes, but neither theme is fully fleshed out. By the end of the book I didn't really care about any of the characters. There is obviously going to be at least 1 sequel, but that doesn't mean the book should end so abruptly, without any sort of real ending. The murder mystery (if one could truly call it that) was left hanging, & Jill's family dramas were unfinished.

Even though I got the book for free, I would not be likely to read another book by this author, even for free. Save your time & find another book to read.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed March 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read the "Pam of Babylon" series, I had high hopes for this book, which will clearly spin off into a series as well. I was hoping for more of a suspense novel, given the plot and the main character, but that fizzled out quickly and spun off in a different direction involving all of her extended family members and their personal problems. I also had a problem with her zig-zagging back and forth between the various stories and I had a difficult time keeping track of all the family members. It felt like her material was not clearly organized and some characters had no real purpose at all in the story leaving them to be more of fillers rather than an intricate part of the story. I gave it two stars rather than one because I can see that the author did her fair share of research given the subject matter and geographical location of the story, but I am not sure I will continue to follow these characters into the future even with the free lending library from Kindle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Family drama, with the ups and downs
Jill Zannos had always wanted to be a cop, now she was. She had an awesome partner and all her family. Read more
Published 26 days ago by DD Gott
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good story
Published 1 month ago by Heather J. Hudson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved the characters as well as the story line!
Published 1 month ago by Anne Schwanda
2.0 out of 5 stars Police procedural? Greek Family Story? Sex manual?
I think it's a shame the writer couldn't make up her mind about the plot(s).
I have read some good books about Greece and the families there, and Greek families in the U.S. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mieko*
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Love the ending. Glad the good girl won by outing her terrible, dependent boyfriend for too long. Yea for the heroine.
Published 2 months ago by Michelle Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed and not believable at times
Too many characters, many of whom had no impact on the story line. Unfinished murder plot. No situation was ever resolved.
Published 2 months ago by Tillymcgee
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK Read for Beach or Garden
I read a second book in this series and I did find the same comments applied. I simply did not like the heroine and I'm sure most Greeks reading this series would be quite angry... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Annie Athens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Product excellent as expected.
Published 3 months ago by JudgeColt
5.0 out of 5 stars Greek inspired read
Very interesting storyline. Learned a few things about Greek traditions. Detective Zannos led an interesting life with a few twists. Recommend read. Somewhat funny. Enjoy!
Published 3 months ago by asanamomma
4.0 out of 5 stars Greeks and Greektown in Detroit
Being Greek, this book reminded me of many sayings I haven't heard in years. Also, growing up in Michigan, we visited Greektown several times, so this brought back some memories... Read more
Published 3 months ago by annza
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More About the Author

Suzanne Jenkins writes contemporary fiction, a reflection of American fantasy but with historical reality. Pam of Babylon books consistently rank in the Top 100 Best Sellers in American Drama.

A second series, The Greektown Stories, includes The Greeks of Beaubien Street, The Princess of Greektown, Christmas in Greektown and A Greektown Wedding.

Stand alone novels include Someone Like You, Alice's Summertime Adventure, The Savant of Chelsea, Slow Dancing, The Liberation of Ravenna Morton and Atlas of Women.
Burn District, Jenkins new sci/fi series, follows an American family as they flee from political insanity to save their lives in the Arizona Desert.

Her short story, Vapor appeared in Willow Review, Spring 2013.

A retired operating room nurse, Jenkins divides her time between the west Michigan lakeshore, the Brandywine River Valley, and the mountains of Southern California where you may subscribe an email list entitling you to free stories and excerpts of soon to be released and new releases.
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