Karen (Columbus OH)
Murder in Mykonos
I enjoyed the book. It was well written and easy to read. Fast paced, exciting, and I really enjoyed the lead detective. I am looking forward to seeing what Jeffrey Siger writes next. I am sure Detective Andreas Kaldis will become a series. I also enjoyed the setting of the Greek Islands. And, the twist at the end was very unexpected.
Lawrence (River Vale NJ)
Murder in Mykonos
Mykonos is a resort island off the coast of Greece and bad news would devastate the local economy. So in this Jaws like thriller, with a little "Silence of the Lambs" thrown in,newly appointed chief of police Andreas Kaldis must find a serial killer, and do it without driving away the tourists. Kaldis must probe beneath the sunlit surface to catch this predator. He will meet with the usual lineup of possible suspects. Each makes a strong first impression but then fades before they can take a place in our imagination. A thriller ending doesn't disguise the fact that the depths least probed are those of the characters.Those who have been to Mykonos might enjoy Siger's depiction of the island but the pedestrian writing made it a slog to the end.
Katherine (Seaford VA)
Mykonos Island is a Grecian gem, so when a body is discovered all the politicians want to keep it quiet. A sharp, handsome Athenian detective, "banished" to sleepy Mykonos, is teamed up with an old homicide chief to solve the murder...but bodies keep popping up. With time running out, the pages turn to the beat of spectacular sunrises, nude beaches, plenty of suspects and wild Grecian nights. Characters are real and the action moves. Fun!
SUSAN (DeRidder LA)
HARD TO PUT DOWN
I was drawn to the title of this book because I visited Mykonos this summer on a Mediterranean cruise and was entranced by the beauty of the stark white buildings against the azure sky. I was hopeful that I could relive the experience through the author's eyes, and I was certainly not disappointed. His descriptive writing allows the reader to perfectly picture the scene he is creating.
The book captured my attention from the very first page and did not let go. The reader is mostly spared the gory details of many serial killer novels, which was appealing to me. The mystery was intriguing and it was hard to book the book down until I found out how it would end. This is definitely a book that I would recommend to anyone who likes mysteries, and this one has the added bonus of being set on a beautiful island.
Jeanine (Ormond Beach FL)
Return to Mykonos
The character development in this book is not
very good. You don't feel like these are real
people. The plot is ok but I don't like mysteries
where the murderer is revealed in the first
chapter. I did enjoy his background descriptions
of Mykonos and I thought he did a good job of
using Mykonos as a setting for the murders.If you
like mysteries revolving around other counties
law enforcement agencies you'll probably enjoy
Kay (Lake Jackson TX)
Murder in Mykonos
The first few chapters of the book were a little slow and left me wondering if the author was really going to make me care enough about any of the characters to keep reading. He did succeed, however, in developing the characters and the plot so that the suspense built and made it difficult to put the book down. The bonus was learning a little about Greek culture.
Lorna -- Cambria, CA (Cambria CA)
A Promising Start
A good setting can enhance a mystery so that the reader is champing at the bit for the next book. You want to go back there! Siger achieves this. He moves the reader around a lot, and shows respect for Mykonians even while deftly illustrating their foibles. It's as if the island is itself a character and that's a very good beginning for a series.
He's a good plotter, keeping things moving through a variety of political roadblocks, to a murky twist at the end. Siger's protagonist has father figure issues that make me want to know what happens to the guy -- a good sign! The secondary characters are vibrant. The victims make mistakes but they're understandable mistakes and the reader roots for them. The female characters, especially Katerina the attorney -- we must see more of her -- have strength and humor. You can tell this is a first book -- there's room for his writing to become more deft -- but it's a good first book. I look forward to the next one.