The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi

A Greek idyll…?

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A woman dies on a Greek island and it is put down to accident or maybe suicide. But a mysterious stranger arrives from Athens – Hermes Diaktoros (isn’t that name hilarious with its hilarious reference to Greek mythology? What? You don’t get it? No, me neither, but fear not, the author will explain it – every single time he introduces himself to another character. Hilariously.) “The fat man” thinks there is more to the woman’s death than has been revealed…

I put up with the dirt, the rain, the storms and howling winds. I put up with the unpleasant small-minded people. I put up with the misogyny. I put up with the author constantly referring to the detective as “the fat man”. I put up with the use of the c-word. I even put up with the gratuitous and graphic description of incestuous sex between one man and two sisters. But when it comes to pages of revolting detail about how to hang a goat up alive by its back legs and then slaughter and eviscerate it, I must resort to misquoting Churchill – up with this I will not put.

Maybe an accurate depiction of the more backward areas of the Greek islands, but not a place I want to spend any time, either really or fictionally. The author clearly missed the class at writing school where they tell the pupils crime novels are supposed to entertain, not disgust. Abandoned at 39%, but highly recommended to anyone who wants to know how to gut goats.

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Oops, People! Another People’s Choice hits the wall! I’m coming to the conclusion that the reason these books have lingered on my TBR for so long is that subliminally I must have picked up enough information about them from reviews to know at a subconscious level that they wouldn’t work for me. However, the upside is that at least they’re coming off the TBR at last, so I hope you’ll forgive me for this string of negative, grumpy reviews. Thanks to all who voted – I really do appreciate it, though it may not always seem that way… 😉

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Due to having fallen behind with life, the universe and everything, I shall be taking a short break to catch my breath! Back soon – be good!

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54 thoughts on “The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi

  1. Oh, dear, I may have been one of those who encouraged you to read this… I haven’t read this particular one, but I’ve read a couple of others by Zouroudi with Hermes Diaktoros and found them quite amusing. I do apologise…

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  2. Oooh-kay, so, not the best use of the people’s vote, FictionFan *edges away very slowly and quietly.* Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with this one. Hopefully your next read will be more to your liking. Enjoy your well-earned break!

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  3. Good grief, I don’t think I voted for this one, but I can’t be sure. I think the incest would have done it for me, thanks for at least reading some of this so the rest of us know to avoid.
    Enjoy your rest, and I hope you are not in a Lockdown area, that’s Lanarkshire inevitably shut down again now, but I can’t say I haven’t been expecting it all week.

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    • I should have stopped at the incest and then I wouldn’t have had to read about the goat-slaying!
      Ugh! I think we’re practically all back in lockdown now. It’s going to be a long winter, I feel.

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  4. Geez. I hope I didn’t vote for this one. It sounds horrible! (great emoji, though)

    I hope you have a refreshing break. I just posted some nature pictures yesterday, so feel free to take a look at them if you need something calming.

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  5. Oh dear! I’m not sure if I voted for this but I probably did as I’ve read two of the other books in this series and actually enjoyed them. I can’t remember noticing any misogyny, incest or goat gutting, so maybe I was just lucky and picked the best two in the series! Enjoy your break. 🙂

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  6. If it’s any consolation, I felt sorry for you as soon as I saw that this particular book had won the vote as, despite many positive reviews elsewhere, I’m afraid this series was not for me either & for pretty much all the same reasons 🙂

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  7. I read this book several years ago and I just don’t remember the incest and the details of how to gut a goat at all. Either I skipped over those pages or I have blanked it from my mind. Just as well, I think.

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  8. I’m not sure why, given the reading pain I know it represents for you, but when I saw your frustration emoji, I paused with a smile (and no guilt!). Maybe it was in expectation of the delicious outrage that I anticipated would follow 😉
    You have been powering through the reviews recently so I hope you have a good break and that your breath is well and truly caught 😌

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    • Haha, at least you owned up – everyone else is frantically denying voting for it! I don’t trust any of them… 😉 I thought it sounded good too – I don’t think the blurb mentioned the goat-slaying incident…

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  9. Oh my! Not sure I’ve ever seen you use that emoticon, FF! I don’t think I voted for this (but note that we are all saying that and clearly numbers of us certainly did vote for it!) but either way I’m truly sorry you had to put up with 39% of it. Sounds like about 38.5% too much! Hope all is well and the blogging break does you good. Take care 😊

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  10. Oh dear – I think I might have voted for this one! Based on your review I think I would have given up on this long before 39%, so I am very impressed that you powered through so much. Enjoy your blogging break and take care!

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  11. Oh, dear, this sounds positively dreadful (but I love your reviews like this!!). Gutting a goat? What was this author thinking? Oh well, at least you’re able to look on the bright side and realize it’s off the TBR now. Enjoy your break, my friend!

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