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The Lady of Sorrows, Anne Zouroudi

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The Lady of Sorrows
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The Lady of Sorrows
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Anne Zouroudi
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Language
eng
Summary
Hermes Diaktoros visits a remote island which is home to an ancient icon famed for its miraculous powers. But something about the Virgin troubles him, and he calls on an old friend to confirm his suspicions. Ready to hand the matter over to the authorities, Hermes intends to leave - until the island's icon painter is found dead at sea
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  • On a remote Greek island, the Lady of Sorrows icon—said to have washed ashore in 1863 when it saved sailors from drowning—is famed for its miraculous powers. But when Hermes Diaktoros visits with an art-historian friend, they can tell the icon is a fake and intend to alert authorities. However, the sudden death of the island’s icon painter gives Diaktoros pause, for the death seems unnatural, despite a doctor’s findings to the contrary. So Diaktoros, an investigator who answers to some higher authority, searches for answers and—as he is prone to do—metes out justice. The background of Diaktoros, described as “the fat man,” remains mysterious, but his direct dealings with villagers produce the answers needed to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. The fourth in Zouroudi’s Seven Deadly Sins mysteries (after The Doctor of Thessaly, 2012), this is a sun-drenched, atmospheric tale, gentle in tone despite the forgery, murder, incest, and betrayal in its pages. Seldom are locales portrayed in so appealing a fashion. -- Leber, Michele (Reviewed 03-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 13)
  • Zouroudi’s engaging fourth Deadly Sins mystery (after 2012’s The Doctor of Thessaly) takes Greek investigator Hermes Diaktoros, who belongs to no police force and whose concerns are “not with the enforcement of written laws, but with the administration of justice,” to Kalkos, where he visits the island’s miraculous icon, the Lady of Sorrows, and finds several oddities revolving around it and those responsible for its care. When Diaktoros suspects that the icon he sees in the church is not the original, his lover, art expert Kara Athanit, concurs. Add in Diaktoros’s suspicions about the death of aging fisherman and icon painter Sotiris; a theft of peaches by Pavlos, a gypsy; and a long-buried secret torturing bitter, crippled Nassia and her son, Agiris, and her daughter, Sambeca. With compassion and wisdom, Diaktoros resolves the various puzzles without invoking any laws. Diaktoros embodies a delightful combination of lusty appetites and thirst for justice. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 6, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 01, p)
  • The remarkably astute and morally upright detective Hermes Diaktoros (aka "the fat man") uncovers forgery and deceit on the tiny island of Kalkos in his fourth case (after The Doctor of Thessaly ). Map included. --Teresa L. Jacobsen (Reviewed March 1, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 4, p73)
  • Who better than an iconoclastic detective to solve the murder of an icon painter? A lengthy prologue set in 1863 presents a lost suitcase full of unspecified but priceless cargo aboard an unnamed ship. In the present, on the remote Greek island of Kalkos, the cruiser Aphrodite slips unassumingly into a dock, attracting the attention of charismatic Father Linos Egiotis, whose Holy Church of the Lady of Sorrows seems to be the hub of the island community. Hermes Diaktoros, the enigmatic "fat man" (The Doctor of Thessaly, 2012, etc.), is also present, to the surprise of the priest, who prides himself on knowing all the locals. Hermes charmingly gets to know the community and arranges a reunion with his lovely old friend Kara Athaniti, an art historian who makes the unwelcome discovery that an icon in Father Linos' church is actually a fake. While taking a swim, Hermes and Kara hear some of the locals' stories of chicanery concerning valuable objects, and lights appear from time to time inside the allegedly deserted Aphrodite. When an icon painter named Sotiris is murdered, it's convenient that Hermes is a crack, if unconventional, investigator and that Kara is also on hand. It almost seems as if the fat man were prescient. The church custodian and his gardener brother become key sources for the information Hermes needs to crack the case. The fourth of Zouroudi's projected Seven Deadly Sins mysteries is much like its hero: droll, expansive and leisurely.(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2014)
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360450
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Zouroudi, Anne
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no index present
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novels
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True
Series statement
Mysteries of the Greek detective
Series volume
0004
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  • Murder
  • Icons
  • Islands
  • Greece
Label
The Lady of Sorrows, Anne Zouroudi
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Publication
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"The mysteries of the Greed detective"--Cover
Control code
000045657552
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
239 p.
Isbn
9781408802236
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Label
The Lady of Sorrows, Anne Zouroudi
Publication
Note
"The mysteries of the Greed detective"--Cover
Control code
000045657552
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
239 p.
Isbn
9781408802236
Isbn Type
(pbk.)

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