Thursday, May 29, 2014

Book Review: The Lady of Sorrows by Anne Zouroudi

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these ebooks, free of charge, from NetGalley for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them.


Last week I shared the first 3 books in this series with you.

Today I have the fourth!


The Lady of Sorrows cover


Synopsis:

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 Hermes calls on an old friend to confirm his suspicions that the icon is a fake.
Ready to hand the matter over to the authorities, Hermes intends to leave – until the island’s icon painter is found dead at sea. Did he die of natural causes or by a wrathful hand? What secret is a dishonest gypsy keeping? And what haunts the ancient catacombs beneath the bishop’s house?



Review:

This fourth book in the Seven Deadly Sins series deals with Wrath (the rest of the series: the Whispers of Nemssis (Pride) , The Bull of Mithros (Sloth) and The Feast of Artemis (gluttony)). I thought I had enjoyed book 3 the best of this series, but this one surpassed it! Maybe it was the greater inclusion of history, or the richness of the locale descriptions, this one just called to me more. It was a quick read once you get used to the initial couple of chapters pacing. I do recommend reading the series as it came out though, as it gives you a better sense of Hermes and what he is about and up to in his sleuthing! If you are looking for something a bit different for your Summer reading, check out this series!



About the Author:

Anne Zouroudi was born in Lincolnshire in 1959 and grew up in England's industrial north, in the steel city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire. After a number of years in a lucrative career - which included time working on Wall Street, and in Denver, Co - she gave up an excellent job to live in the Greek islands. She married a Greek, and her son was born on the island of Rhodes. "The truth is," she says, "I was a Shirley Valentine." "Greece," she says, "is my spiritual home, the land that stole my heart and shows no sign of ever returning it." 


Her first novel, The Messenger of Athens, was nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize for Sparkling New Fiction, and ITV3's Crime Thriller Awards 2008.  Anne now lives in middle England, in the beautiful Peak District National Park. "It's pretty," she says. "But Greece still calls my name. At every opportunity, I'm there." Check out her website http://www.annezouroudi.com/  for more info!

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