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Murder in Mykonos: A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery (Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Series) Hardcover – January 10, 2009

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From Publishers Weekly

Soon after a woman's bound body turns up in a remote, abandoned church on the island of Mykonos in Siger's impressive debut, a score of other bodies surface—all, like the first, female travelers whose disappearances over two decades have been overlooked or ignored. Police chief Andreas Kaldis, recently transferred from Athens, teams with older homicide cop Tassos Stamatos to investigate the crimes, but even the wily veteran struggles with the plethora of suspects and local pressure to hide a peril that threatens the tourism the island lives on. Only when a new abduction occurs does their search gain official sanction, leading to a resolution that shakes Kaldis professionally and personally. Though the marshaling of suspects may strike some readers as formulaic, Siger's view of Mykonos (where he lives part-time) is nicely nuanced, as is the mystery's ambiguous resolution. Kaldis's feisty personality and complex backstory are appealing as well, solid foundations for a projected series. (Jan.)
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The last thing former homicide detective Andreas Kaldis wants is to run afoul of local politicos in his new job as Mykonos police chief. That’s what got him transferred from Athens in the first place—his investigation got too close to people in power. Unfortunately, confrontation seems inevitable after the mutilated body of a young woman is discovered beneath the floor of a small, remote church (one of several on the island), lying atop the bones of several more murder victims. Though the body count eventually reaches 18, it’s tourist season on Mykonos, and it just won’t do to let the word get out that the island paradise is home to a serial killer. Then another young woman disappears. Siger’s Mykonos seems an unrelievedly hedonistic place, especially given the community’s religious orthodoxy, but suspense builds nicely as the story alternates between the perspectives of the captive woman, the twisted kidnapper, and the cop on whose shoulders the investigation falls. In the end, Andreas finds more than he bargained for, and readers will be well pleased. --Stephanie Zvirin

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Product Details

  • Series: Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159058581X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590585818
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William P. Cokas on September 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was excited to find and start this book--a mystery Greek characters in an exotic locale. It seemed like a sure-fire setup. But the more I read, the less I looked forward to picking it up again. First of all, the characters were hard to distinguish from one another--very little in the way of physical description, and I know this is hard to avoid in Greece, but all their names end in "as" or "os." And I'M of Greek origin, so I should be used to this, but it still got confusing. There was a lot of time spent on internal affairs and Greek politics, which was interesting up to a point, but after a while distracted from the suspense of finding the killer and his captive. The latter third of the book began to take huge liberties with reality and probability--a girl who had just awaked from a drug-induced coma was suddenly tossing 8-pound rocks at her captor. TOSSING 8-pound rocks? The smallest tenpin bowling ball is 8 pounds, and I defy anyone, let alone a young, half conscious girl, to toss them the way she did. Then there was the part when her captor transported her comatose body on a bicycle. Even now, I can't picture this, or how he could balance her lifeless body as he maneuvered the bike itself. So, after a couple of scenes like that, I kind of gave up on the book, but plowed through anyway. The killer was revealed at the very end, after some contrived dialogue that bent over backwards to "talk around" the identity of the killer (using phrases like "the killer," even when both parties knew his name but refused to use it, just to conceal it from the reader for a little while longer). I understand the author has written more books and I may check them out, as this was his first. To be fair, the writing itself was very solid and well-crafted, sentence by sentence. The voice is highly polished and was almost enough to keep me engaged, but when the plot strained credulity time after time, it became too much to bear.
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I met Jeffrey Siger when I was in Mykonos last summer. He gave me his card to remind me to purchase his book when I returned to the U.S. I ordered it on Amazon but it was out of print so I just received my copy a few days ago. I figured it would be an interesting read just because of the setting. Mykonos is my favorite place in the whole world and I have been there many times, beginning in 1985. I was surprised that the book is really a page turner. I couldn't put it down. I lost sleep reading until long after midnight. The book is well written and the descriptions just make your memories vivid. I definitely would recommend this book even if you haven't been to Mykonos. I would have to add though, not everyone who visits Mykonos runs around nude or stays out all night drinking. The beautiful beaches, the wonderful food, the shops and the friendly people are enough to satisfy anyone of any age.
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Since I broadened out from reading just British or American detective / police stories several years ago I have gobbled up offerings from all parts of Scandinavia, from Italy, France and even places as far afield as Argentina, Brazil and Cuba. So when Jeffrey Siger's series of Kaldis novels set in Greece hit my radar, I thought these would be a good bet and promptly bought all of them. Frankly I have been a bit disappointed. I find the main character rather one-dimensional and unsympathetic. The villains are generally fairly unbelievable, shadowy, "rule the world" types like something from 1960's Bond mysteries, and I find the tactics of the Greek police, with frequent beatings up of suspects, a little hard to swallow. This story includes one sequence where Kaldis and his assistant, while under suspension, undertake an armed raid on a small island to rescue a colleague and blow away five Albanian bad guys in the process, all apparently without consequence. Maybe the Greek police is allowed to operate in this manner, but maybe pigs can fly.
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I do not usually read serial killer novels; they tend to defy all logic and (for me) interest. I bought this anyway, based on some of the Amazon reviews and the setting. Glad I did. Characters were nicely developed and believable. And the island setting was excellent. It is not exactly a book the Mykonos Chamber of Commerce can endorse since the beauty of the setting is offset by local political corruption. I lost some of my enthusiasm about halfway when the narrative switched to serial-killer mode (complete with the cliched switching points of view-police, killer, victim) but glad I continued. The cynical resolution was well worth the wait. A wealth of information about Mykonos, its history and daily life, threads throughout the narrative and makes this an excellent choice for anyone who enjoys police procedurals with exotic settings. I am about to download Siger's second book and look forward to more.
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This is the first book I've read by Jeffrey Siger and I feel like I've made a wonderful discovery! I just loved this mystery and its main character, Greek police chief Andreas Kaldis. Andreas has angered some politicians and has been reassigned from Athens to a resort island, Mykonos, where nothing bad is ever expected to happen. As it turns out, a serial killer has been operating there for years and years.

The point of view switches back and forth from that of Andreas and his new friend, Tassos, and of the newest kidnap victim. Will she be kidnapped? Will she escape? Who is the perpetrator? I love this sort of mystery. Not only is the story itself engaging, but all the interesting bits about Mykonos itself was also fascinating. And I hope that Greek officers and politicians aren't really so "pragmatic."

What a story! I hope this writer does a dozen more with these characters.
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