The Taint of Midas

Anne Zouroudi. Little, Brown, $23.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-316-07629-6
In Zouroudi's lyrical second Seven Deadly Sins mystery (after 2010's The Messenger of Athens), cheap bungalows for foreigners are replacing olive groves on the island of Arcadia, much to the dismay of self-styled detective Hermes Diaktoros (aka "the fat man"). Soon after one of Hermes's oldest friends, elderly Gabrilis Kaloyeros, is tricked into signing over his land to developers, the detective finds Gabrilis's dead body on the side of a road, the victim of a hit-and-run. Like his mythological namesake, Hermes brings messages from the gods, as it were, and has an "arsenal of weapons at his disposal" that aren't available to the police, who at first suspect him of killing Gabrilis. Thus armed, the portly Hermes goes around Arcadia as a moral force, offering advice to all and sundry. In the end, a deus ex machina more than sleuthing resolves the crime in this lovely paean to the Greek islands. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/16/2011
Release date: 07/01/2011
Genre: Fiction
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