Book Review: “When The Devil’s Idle” by Leta SerafimJuly 29, 2015 at 6:26 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
Tags: Book Review, Fiction, Thriller
From the back cover: In the Book of Revelation, written by St. John on the Greek island of Patmos, it was said a pale horse would appear whose rider was death, others would cry out for vengeance, and the stars of heaven would fall to the earth.
Death does indeed come to Patmos when a German tourist is found murdered in the garden of one of the island’s fabled estates. Yiannis Patronas, Chief Officer of the Chios police, is called in to investigate. He summons his top detective, Giorgos Tembelos, and his friend and amateur sleuth, Papa Michalis, to assist him.
What the policemen discover will disturb them long after the conclusion of the case. Only six people were at the house at the time of the murder–the gardener and housekeeper, the victim’s son and his wife and their two children, a boy of seven and a teenage girl of sixteen. All appear to be innocent. But access to the isolated estate is severely restricted. Surrounded by high walls, it has only one entrance: a metal gate that was bolted at the time of the crime. Patronas can only conclude that one of the six is a killer. He continues to probe, uncovering the family’s many secrets. Some are very old, others more recent. All are horrifying.
But which of these secrets led to murder?
This is a murder mystery done old-school classic style. We are on an island. There are a limited amount of suspects. The investigation is not simple nor is it easy. Yiannis Patronas is a wonderful character and I liked him immediately. Him, Giorgos and Papa are top-notch investigators and this murder mystery has them at the top of their game. “When The Devil’s Idle” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Ms. Serafim has provided us with a marvelous whodunnit and I am already looking forward until the next book in this series comes out.
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