Book Review: “The Devil Takes Half” by Leta Serafim

August 25, 2015 at 10:48 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Leta Serafim her new book, “The Devil Takes Half book coverThe Devil Takes Half” Book One in the Greek Islands Mystery series published by Coffeetown Press introduces us to Yiannis Patronas.

From the back cover:  At an archaeological dig on the idyllic Greek Island of Chios, a severed hand is found lying in a blood-filled trench. Could it belong to Eleni Argentis, a beautiful archaeologist who is also the wealthy daughter of a local ship owner? She and her young assistant, Petros, are both missing.

The chief officer of the local police force, Yiannis Patronas, suspects that Eleni and Petros happened upon something of real value. However, his search turns up nothing but handfuls of broken clay, and then, another body that of Petros, whose throat has been brutally cut. Body parts belonging to Eleni are left behind on a remote beach, confirming her demise. Then an old priest with a fondness for TV detective shows is attacked and left for dead. The dig site is located near the monastery where he was the only resident.

Patronas interviews Petros’ long-suffering grandmother, his flighty mother and her money-grubbing boyfriend, as well as Eleni’s greedy stepmother and her charming son. He also confronts two archaeologists, one British and one American …. If Eleni’s find is, as they insist, worthless, what are these men doing on Chios? Although Patronas has little experience with homicide, he is determined to conquer the evil that threatens this formerly peaceful island.

The Devil Takes Half is Book 1 in the Greek Islands Mystery series.

There is something about Greece that is very attractive. Then add in that this whole mystery takes place on a small island where, up until this point, there has not been a murder and you have really skyrocketed this book. Two archaeologists are murdered. The remaining archaeologists are under the protection of their individual consuls. Then there are the relatives. This investigation is not simple nor is it easy. Questions, evasions and lies are just some of what Patronas is up against as he stumbles along in this investigation. Yiannis Patronas is a wonderful character and I like him a lot.  “The Devil Takes Half” 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 whodunit and I am already looking forward until the next book in this series comes out.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Coffeetown Press.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. […] “Yiannis Patronas is a wonderful character…. The Devil Takes Half 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 whodunit.”  Read more…. […]


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