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The Taint of Midas (The Greek Detective #2)

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Gabrilis Kaloyeros is a bee-keeper on the beautiful Greek island of Arcadia. The ruined Temple of Apollo has been in his care for decades, and he has worked to protect it. But when crooked developers take over the island and the value of the land soars, he is persuaded through unscrupulous means to sign away his interest. Hours later he meets a violent, lonely death.

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Published July 20th 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books (first published November 3rd 2008)
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Jane
Apr 03, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in the delightful, highly recommended Hermes Diaktoros "Seven sins" series of mysteries. The theme of each novel in this series concerns a certain sin: in this one, Greed. This was a gentle mystery.

Hermes' good friend of many years, Gabrilis, farms a rocky and nearly worthless plot of land and keeps bees near an old Temple of Apollo. Gabrilis is killed by a hit-and-run driver, while taking watermelons to market. Hermes finds his body lying near the road and after the police arrive, becom
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Marina Sofia
Charming book, soaked in the atmosphere of a Greek island. Not just the rose-tinted glasses either, but also sharp, witty observations about tourists, the interplay between them and the natives, and the risks of overdevelopment. Did not quite make 4 stars because the 'mystery' element was not quite mysterious or compelling enough, but I enjoyed the characters, the descriptions and everything else about the book.
Linda
Jun 14, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Review by Linda S. Brown
4/4/2011

The Taint of Midas
Anne Zouroudi
Reagan Arthur /July 20, 2011

I missed Zouroudi’s first book in the Seven Deadly Sins series, THE MESSENGER OF ATHENS, but savored this second book, THE TAINT OF MIDAS. It has a deliciously slow, sunbaked, dusty pace: slightly melancholy, slightly drowsy, but sharpened by the dry humor of its protagonist, and by the hidden secrets and tensions of a small village on a small Greek island being overtaken by progress, and the village
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Lyn Elliott
Jan 08, 2015 Lyn Elliott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lyn by: Cheryl
Shelves: mystery
The unravelling of the mystery in this not-always gentle tale is almost secondary to the portrayal of life in a Greek coastal village during the heat of summer when the affliction of tourism is at its height. This is what sets the book apart for me.
Corruption, fraud and greed are at the heart of the story which winds like one of the mountain roads travelled by the enigmatic mystery solver, the Fat Man, the police, and the villains. And there is no doubt at all about who the villains are; they ar
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Wendy
This was my first intruduction to Greece. I enjoyed this book for sever reasons. It was not a typical procedural nor PI story. Rather, Hermes is a gentleman who strives for justice for those wronged by death and circumstance. Hermes personality has a corporeal feel. Greece and its pepple are depicted beautifully in good and bad aspects. This book also assisted me in my UN book challenge by checking off Greece.
Claire
Sep 12, 2014 Claire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Review: The Taint of Midas by Anne Zouroudi I didn't really connect with the characters in the book or the story. Don't let that put you off, as I'm sure it was down to me just not getting into it.
Angela
Dec 21, 2016 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Greece, the book evokes the warmth of place, the characters believable and the plot rather interesting. A book that passed the time pleasantly.
Amanda
Mar 07, 2017 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
Couldn't get properly into this, didn't care enough to finish it.
DelAnne Frazee
May 18, 2016 DelAnne Frazee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Title: The Taint Of Midas - Seven Deadly Sins - Hermes Diaktoros Series 2
Published: 7-20-11
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company/Reagan Author Books/Hachette Book Group
Pages: 320
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre: Police Procedural; Series
ISBN: 9780316084147
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
My Rating: 4 1/2 Stars


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Gabrilis Kaloyeros is a bee-keeper on the beautiful Greek island of Arcadia. The ruined Temple of Apollo has been in his care for decades, and he has wor
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Julia Molloy
Set in modern-day Greece, Zouroudi has created a dreamy masterpiece in her latest crime novel The Taint of Midas. Gabrilis Kaloyeros, a humble and ageing beekeeper, is killed in a ruthless accident, left by the side of the road to die. But is his death just an accident, or is there something more callous behind it? His friend, Hermes Diaktoros, is determined to find out the truth, convinced that there are people who would gain so much by his friend’s death. A complex crime novel unfolds, and it ...more
Sean
Apr 23, 2014 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: ARC copy from Netgalley.

The Taint of Midas, by Anne Zouroudi, is an exceptional book. This book is much better than her first one. This story again features Hermes Diaktoros, a mysterious investigator with "the highest authorities". In this novel, he goes to visit a friend only to find that friend a victim of a hit-and-run. During his investigation, he finds bribery, corruption, murder, indifference, and more sins of greed. Each of her books, it turns out, revolves around one of th
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Helen
May 02, 2013 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a definite tinge of Mr. Harley Quin in this book's "the fat man" and this study on greed for money. The author is Greek but lives in England and the book certainly has no difficulty for unilingual English readers. There are Greek phrases, but the obvious ones of greeting, so it doesn't matter if they are familiar or not since you know what the intent is. You can certainly feel the heat of a Greek summer in the writing as the dust gets up your nose, everyone becomes slow, and you really ...more
Mary Gramlich
Jul 17, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE TAINT OF MIDAS by Anne Zouroudi
A Seven Deadly Sins Mystery
07/11 - Little, Brown & Company – Hardcover, 306 pages

Does right always win over wrong?

The return of Hermes Diaktoros, aka The Fat Man is again a quiet, understated event that has him working with the police on a case but this time it is personal. His elderly friend was the victim of a hit and run, left injured to die alone. Hermes is going to do right by his friend and make sure that whoever did this will see justice one way or a
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Tina
Jul 21, 2011 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The Taint of Midas is the second installment in Zouroudi’s Greek Detective series. Hermes Diaktoros finds an old friend’s body at the side of the road following a hit and run accident. The police quickly suspect him of being responsible, but Daiktoros is not deterred from searching for the true culprit and encounters a family driven by greed along the way.

This novel is both similar and different from the first in the series. There are still descriptive passages that do little to move the narrati
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Althea Ann
Ohhh... I didn't realize, reading the first in this series (Messenger of Athens) that this is a 'Seven Deadly Sins' series. The previous book focused on 'Lust' - this one is 'Greed.'

Greed, as it so often does, comes in the form of a rapacious developer, who will stop at nothing to acquire a prime spot of land, on which he wishes to build retirement villas for wealthy foreigners.

Sadly, the owner of this plot of land, an elderly beekeeper, has recently been killed in a vicious hit-and-run. The bod
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Susan Ferguson
I have discovered - and probably already knew, but forgot - but in the reading guide, it states that this series will be one book of each of the deadly sins. As is apparent from the title, this one is greed.

Hermes Diaktoros is a mysterious figure. He is apparently quite wealthy. When he returns to his home on a Greek island, he finds an old friend that has been killed. The police suspect him at first of hitting the old man and knocking him off the road, but there is no damage to his car. Hermes
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okyrhoe
In this second book of the series by Anne Zouroudi, I find exactly the same qualities that intrigued me about her first novel.
So I'm copy/pasting from my review of The Messenger of Athens:
"The descriptions of the Greek landscape, the flora and the fauna are very accurate, almost scientifically exact. All of this fascinated me more than the mystery plot, and I truly did not care at all about who done it and why; I let myself enjoy the descriptions of the Greek rural domain and its people.
The au
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Ashley
Jun 16, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't as in love with book #2 in The Greek Detective series. Maybe it's because the book I finished before this was a marathon devouring of the Hunger Games, and anything after that roller coaster would be hard to feel captivated by. This time around I found myself distracted, the Greek names hard to keep straight, and halfway through the book I had a realization. The fat man is God. Not the all loving God of the new testament, but the fat man definitely reminds me of the all vengeful God fou ...more
Sammcnair
I read the following review, and agree with it. However, I postulate that the "fat man" is an allegory for a god messing around w/ the humans...

Life on this Greek island has been disturbed. The head of a dysfunctional family is concerned that the season is too short to allow him to make as much money from his business activities - catering to tourists - as he would like. His solution: build holiday homes that will turn the once-a-year visitors into permanent residents. But he needs the land on w
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Gerald Sinstadt
Life on this Greek island has been disturbed. The head of a dysfunctional family is concerned that the season is too short to allow him to make as much money from his business activities - catering to tourists - as he would like. His solution: build holiday homes that will turn the once-a-year visitors into permanent residents. But he needs the land on which to build: if you smell potential for corruption, you're not wrong. At the same time, the genial Fat Man who serves as the author's slightly ...more
Rogue Reader
Apr 01, 2012 Rogue Reader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-greece
Anne Zouroudi's The Taint of Midas was a wonderful surprise, not only because of the clever protag, Hermes Diaktoros, the rich language and lush Greek setting, but because Midas is just the second of six in the series.

Hermes is presented as a bit odd, eccentric. He's usually not named, but is referred to as "the fat man", though he's light on his feet, and when described at the beach, his torso is strong and muscled. His background and occupation are not explained, but he's remarkably knowledge
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Jean Kolinofsky
Oct 10, 2015 Jean Kolinofsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading one of the seven deadly sins books by Anne Zouroudi is like taking a mini vacation to Greece. The sun, the sea, the villagers and landscape all put the reader into the story as you follow the investigation of the hit and run death of Gabrilis Kaloyeros by his friend Hermes Diaktoros. The sin explored in this book is greed. Gabrilis is a beekeeper whose land encompasses the Temple of Apollo and groves of olive trees. It is land that a developer and his sons have an eye on for new villas t ...more
Deborah
Jun 07, 2014 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, netgalley
Read my review of the first book in the series, The Messenger of Athens, here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show....

In Zouroudi's second novel featuring Hermes Diaktoros, she takes on the deadly sin of greed, bringing the story of King Midas into the contemporary setting of ruthless land development. As was the case in the first book in the series, The Messenger of Athens, Zouroudi entwines Diaktoros in two distinct, but related, mysteries; I found this structure more successful here because
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Syrdarya
Dec 05, 2011 Syrdarya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, greece
I didn't read the first book in this series yet, although I don't think that's a hindrance with this series. The detective, Hermes Diaktoros, is mysterious. He appears suddenly, disappears suddenly, chats with everyone and helps change their lives. He is often called "the fat one" in the story, which I found annoying, but after reading some other reviewers' thoughts on how the epithet might be an oblique reference to Diaktoros as a god, I have softened a bit towards it.

Diaktoros has come to the
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Phair
Sep 07, 2016 Phair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an unexpected delight! I tend not to read a lot of contemporary mysteries and picked this one up mainly because the author's name began with "Z". Turns out it is second in a series called The Seven Deadly Sins Mysteries (this one focusing on greed) featuring Hermes Diaktoros, the "fat man". Not sure just what he is. He doesn't seem to be a private investigator but he involves himself in mysteries and uses his talents and skills to get answers. He struck me as being something like The Equali ...more
Lura Frazey
Detective Hermes Diaktoros investigates a friend’s murder, upends nefarious schemes , counsels the hopeless, and paints his shoes white on the Greek island of Arcadia—but not quite as charmingly as in The Messenger of Athens. Zouroudi still delivers a well-crafted sense of place and an eccentric, slightly otherworldly story, but the plot is more predictable in this second book. It left me hungry for a few more twists plus less lecturing and more doing out of the detective. I enjoyed traveling al ...more
Francis
Nov 30, 2011 Francis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like warm places, I like quaint villages, I like unique characters, I like a leisurely pace. I like this Hermes Diaktoros, otherwise known as the "fat man". He is warm and chatty yet mysterious and with holding. He is an enigma. What is his interest? Where does his knowledge come from? Who does he work for? What does he want?

Is it justice? Is it revenge? Does he seek to balance the scales? Or, does he merely seek a glass of wine some nicely prepared seafood and a good conversation with a frien
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Peggy
Entertaining book about a Greek "fat man" detective who presents himself as if he represents some shadowy authorities who are keen to know about graft, corruption, and injustice. The good things in life--fresh, wholesome food, friendship, the beauty of nature--are held up as the highest value and those characters who don't understand this, well, woe to them. The "fat man," as he is known most of the time, is seen from the outside, as if we are watching a movie or BBC mystery. He maintains an env ...more
Janosch
Apr 25, 2011 Janosch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zouroudi has created an unique character and her own, different to other normal crime stories, way of fascinating the reader.
I am not sure if we could call our charming and funny Diaktoros a private detective. He is such a natural character and person. Every story about him is a pure joy. Wonderful described world and captivatingly atmosphere.
I really recommend the series! Every single book in it is readable without having read the first one and you will have a thrilling time.
Go and pick one up!
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Susan
Aug 04, 2011 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-europe
An elderly farmer is killed by a hit-and-run driver. One of his oldest friends happens upon his body, and becomes the leading suspect, until forensic tests show that the victim was hit by a white car--the friend, Hermes Diaktoros, drives a red car. Diaktoros, heavy-set, meticulous about his clothes, always polite, befriends the two honest policeman on the case, and determines to investigate himself. As he has not been in the Arcadia area of Greece for a while, he also registers changes, many of ...more
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Born in rural Lincolnshire in 1959, Anne moved to South Yorkshire at the age of two. Following her education at Sheffield High School for Girls, she went into the IT industry, a career which took her to both New York’s Wall Street and Denver, Colorado. In America she began to take seriously her ambition to write fiction, and bought a typewriter for her first short stories.

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