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Prey on Patmos: An Inspector Kaldis Mystery    by Jeffrey Siger order for
Prey on Patmos
by Jeffrey Siger
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Prey on Patmos by Jeffrey Siger is the third in the author's acclaimed series featuring Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis of Greece's Twenty-First Century Crimes Division.

Twenty monasteries on the Aegean peninsula of Mount Athos have protected the secrets of Byzantium in a manner virtually unchanged for more than 1500 years. Until now, when Kaldis is summoned to find the killer of a monk! One of the most beloved men in the monastery apparently knew something dire that could bring scandal down on the whole Greek Orthodox Church. And so his throat was slit by person or persons unknown.

As Kaldis investigates he discovers more than he bargained for. Modern international intrigues find their way into the killing as Kaldis feels he is becoming the sacrificial lamb. No one seems to want him to discover who is responsible so that he can go home and be with his girlfriend who is expecting their child.

This novel combines an unexpected plot, that keeps the attention throughout, with a background on the Greek Church, which is fascinating in itself. Kaldis and his sidekick Kouros mesh well together in a team, and accomplish what needs to be done without losing their senses of humor.

Prey on Patmos will accrue the same honors bestowed on Siger's first two books Murder in Mykonos and Assassins of Athens.

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