I'm off to the Poisoned Pen tonight to see Jeffrey Siger, a Poisoned Pen Press author who writes wonderful mysteries set in the political world of Greece. Barbara Peters, owner of the bookstore, promises an evening filled with politics as well as mystery. I'll be recapping the program in a couple days. So, to remind you about Siger's series, I thought I'd repeat my review of his latest book, Target: Tinos. I originally reviewed it on June 27.
Jeffrey Siger's Chief Inspector Kaldis series has everything I enjoy
in a police procedural series; well-developed characters, clever banter
between the cops, and interesting crimes with unexpected twists.
However, like the other books, his latest, Target: Tinos, has
something so many others don't. Siger adds his knowledge of Greece, its
politics, history, and beauty, and that knowledge makes Target: Tinos stand out from other police procedurals.
just two weeks until Andreas Kaldis' wedding to socially prominent
widow, Lila Valdi. Bad timing for a crime on the island of Tinos, home
to the Church of Panagia Evangelistria, the Lourdes of Greece. The
remains of two men were found in a burnt out van. They had been chained,
wrapped in the Greek flag, and left with a note, "Revenge or Death."
With the play on Greece's national slogan, the media was in an uproar,
and Kaldis' boss wanted him to make sure the investigation was handled
properly. As head of the Greek police's Special Crimes Division, Kaldis
has the authority to investigate anywhere.
After the victims are identified as tsigani,
gypsies, the media disappears, and Kaldis' boss wants the case to
disappear as well. The government is afraid some members of the E.U.
would use the murders, possible hate crimes, as a reason to end
financial aid to Greece at a time when Greece was desperate for
assistance. But, it's too late. Once Andreas and his team have their
teeth into a case, they're not going to let it go just because it's
politically wise. Kaldis doesn't care who the victims are. Someone has
been killed. And, once the team discovers there might be a larger crime
target, and that minority groups have been paid to move to Tinos,
they're not going to give up, even when the threats hit close to home.
this case, threats do hit close to home. As Lila prepares for their
wedding, Andreas must also prepare with more security than expected.
It's the society wedding of the summer, and Kaldis doesn't know if he's a
personal target because of his investigation on Tinos, or the gathered
government ministers and other prominent business and social leaders
might be the target of terrorists. He refuses to change the wedding to a
private ceremony, seeing that as a victim of terrorism.
offers the best of all crime novels, combining crime and surprising
twists as Siger continues to make Andreas Kaldis a realistic figure,
expanding on his personal life. Those who have read the books before
will appreciate the return of familiar characters: Tassos, the chief
homicide investigator of rhte Cyclades Islands, Yianni Kouros, Kaldis'
assistant, Andreas' secretary, Maggie, who knows where all the bodies
are buried, and Lila Valdi, the woman Andreas loves, who is intelligent
and provides one of the keys to the mystery. The team surrounding Kaldis
brings these books to life.
However, these mysteries
couldn't exist without Jeffrey Siger's knowledge and love of Greece's
past and present. He includes background of the Greek War of
Independence, Church history, Tinos' history, and the current economic
issues of Greece in Target: Tinos. Siger's books have a richness lacking in many mysteries. Target: Tinos just adds to Jeffrey Siger's reputation as a storyteller who can bring a country, and a mystery, to life.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
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