When I first read Jeffrey M. Siger's Murder in Mykonos, I knew it wasn't the typical crime novel that Poisoned Pen Press published. Their publications tend to steer away from serial killers. But, Siger's book is not typical, and it certainly is up to the high standards of Poisoned Pen Press.
Mykonos is the most famous of Greece's Cycladic islands, the one known as a vacation playground. When a young woman disappears the same night she arrives by ferry, no one notices. But, the disappearance of young female tourists is about to become a nightmare for the new police chief. Andreas Kaldis has been "promoted" out of Athens to a tourist island. And, he's just in time to investigate when the body of a woman is found in a church. A police chief exiled to an island doesn't need problems with ritual murders.
Unfortunately, the chief homicide investigator for the Cyclades, Tassos Stamatos, knows a story of a young woman who disappeared ten years earlier. Rumors of a ritual killer, who has been preying on women for years, is not what the Greek government wants to hear, when Mykonos' economy depends on tourism. Andreas and Tassos try to quietly search for the killer. But, events escalate when another woman disappears. Andreas is faced with a horror story if he can't find the killer before a young woman's time runs out.
As I said, this is not a typical book published by Poisoned Pen Press. However, Jeffrey M. Siger's Murder in Mykonos is a riveting story. The story unfolds from various viewpoints, as the reader watches a victim, an unknown killer, and the man desperate to find them both. Along the way, the reader learns about Greek politics. Mykonos is described vividly, with its gorgeous landscapes and historic churches. Yes, it's the story of a serial killer that even has a chase scene. But, it's a rich drama as well, and a story right out of the headlines, reminiscent of stories of wealthy young women who have vanished while on vacation.
Siger's book received excellent reviews in Greece. With it's debut in the United States, he's kicking off a series with a fascinating police officer. It's a series that should find equally excellent reviews, and avid fans, in this country.
Jeffrey Siger's website is www.jeffreysiger.com
Murder in Mykonos by Jeffrey M. Siger. Poisoned Pen Press, ©2009. ISBN 978-1-59058-581-8 (hardcover), 288p.