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An Aegean April: A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery    by Jeffrey Siger order for
Aegean April
by Jeffrey Siger
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Poisoned Pen, 2018 (2018)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I opened An Aegean April by Jeffrey Siger with a contented sigh of pleasure. It is the ninth in the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis mysteries. I have read all of them and always look forward to the next.

If you are a fan, you already know that Kaldis is Greek and lives on one of the Greek islands. If not yet a fan, (and why not?) by about the time you reach the middle of An Aegean April you will be a devoted one.

Life on the islands is disrupted by the arrival of thousands upon thousands of Turkish refugees, fleeing unbearable conditions in their homeland. Kaldis feels distressed for these uprooted and disheartened souls. What hits him more than compassion is the rage he feels at the money unscrupulous characters are making off the woe of these unwilling refugees.

To make matters worse for an overworked civil servant, the patriarch of a shipping clan who was active in helping the refugees is murdered. A local aid worker is accused of the crime, which, we know as readers, he did not commit.

Author Siger has managed to twist fact and fiction together to bring the plight of these refugees to the attention of the world. The refugees are able to bring very little of their possessions with them when they flee Turkey. Then they meet those who would rob them of their pitiful belongings. Piled into unsafe small boats, many drown when the boats collapse.

This is a book worth reading. It seems as though nothing in this big old world of ours is as it seems. Especially, at this moment, in the lovely Greek islands.

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