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The Taint of Midas

Posted by nliakos on August 1, 2014

by Anne Zouroudi (Bloomsbury 2008)

I enjoyed this second installment in The Seven Deadly Sins mystery series as much as the first one. Set in Arkadia, in the Peloponnese, the novel explores the sin of greed and its awful repercussions.  There is a dastardly would-be developer with his two henchmen/sons, a gentle barber who really prefers to spend his day fishing, an amoral reporter, two honest policemen, a priest with a skin disease who is in love with un unhappily married woman, and our hero/sleuth Hermes Diaktoros, whose dear friend Gabrilis has been killed in a car “accident” just before Hermes’ arrival. Like Mma Ramotswe in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Hermes makes sure that justice is done. There’s an element of magic to it, but when a god is involved, there must be some magic, right?

I enjoy Zouroudi’s descriptions of Arkadia and the people who live there. The character of Hermes is delightful–just a little overweight (she usually refers to him as the fat man) but extremely dapper and agile, with a magical holdall that reminds me of Hermione Granger’s beaded bag in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), meticulously polished old-fashioned white sneakers instead of winged sandals, beautiful curly hair that does not seem to get any shorter when it is trimmed, and an unfailingly courteous demeanor, no matter how despicable his interlocutor (reminding me of Albus Dumbledore).

I can’t understand why these books are so hard to find.  I got this through UMD’s Inter-Library Loan; it came all the way from the University of Michigan! I’ve just put a hold on the next one, The Doctor of Thessaly, through the state of Maryland’s Marina inter-library loan system. There is a fourth as well: The Lady of Sorrows. I just put out a request for that one as well (hoping the third one arrives before the fourth–although it might not really make any difference). You can’t give up too easily.

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One Response to “The Taint of Midas”

  1. […] can find my reviews of the first and second books in earlier posts on this […]

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