When a corrupt former police colonel is gunned down in front of a restaurant, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis takes notice. The dead man ran a huge protection racket on the island of Mykonos, and his death undoubtedly means crime bosses are going to be making some sort of move on all the money to be had on this international playground.
While Andreas and his righthand man Yianni look for answers, Andreas' wife Lila takes the opportunity to bring their children to Mykonos for a holiday. She soon meets an American expat named Toni, a popular piano player at a local bar who supplements her income by finding stolen goods. As the two women bond over a shared desire to mentor young island girls, they discover that their work intersects with Andreas' investigation in some very dangerous ways.
From facial expressions to food to finance (and beyond), I can't think of any other series that brings present-day Greece to life like Jeffrey Siger's Andreas Kaldis mysteries. I love these books, and The Mykonos Mob is an excellent addition.
While the setting is absolutely marvelous, that's not the only reason why I refuse to miss each new release. Siger's sense of humor can have me laughing out loud, and he can write action scenes that have me in a quandary: should I chew my nails down to the quick or turn the pages faster? (Guess which one I choose every time.)
Best of all, the author has created characters that become members of the family. Tasso is too old now for jumping into one of Siger's high-octane action scenes. Instead, he tends his garden and shares his wealth of knowledge whenever Andreas needs it. With only his righthand man Yianni with him, the cast of characters would be too small, so Siger does something I've been hoping he'd do for a long time: bring in Andreas' wife, Lila. Lila has always been a source of humor, common sense, and strength in the books, and I'm happy to say that she relishes her expanded role. With Andreas and Yianni busy, Lila needed a sidekick of her own, and American expat Toni with her blatant disregard of rules and other peoples' opinions is the perfect partner. I really hope to see more of these two in future books. The interaction between Lila, Toni, Andreas, and Yianni is great.
The pitch-perfect setting, an intriguing mystery, a humdinger of a showdown at book's end, AND some fantastic characters. Is The Mykonos Mob a winner? You'd better believe it!
The Mykonos Mob by Jeffrey Siger
Poisoned Pen Press © 2019
eBook, 336 pages
Police Procedural, #10 Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis mystery