As the summer months approach, now is the time to replenish your reading list. Murder mysteries are always a popular choice for readers to take along on vacation or for a staycation.
One Last Chance by Jeffrey Siger is book 12 in the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis series of murder mysteries set in Greece. This compelling book is set specifically on the mountainous, rugged Greek island of Ikaria with its storied past of exploitation, exiles, and lives spent in hiding from conquerors, slavers, and pirates. Today, Ikaria is best known as one of the world’s Blue Zones and as “the island where people forget to die” for the longevity of its people.
Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis’ longtime assistant, Maggie, returns to her ancestral home on Ikaria for her 104-year-old grandmother’s funeral, her grief quickly turns to suspicion. Not only had her yiayia been in good health just a week before her death, but there are bruises on her arm that suggest a botched IV insertion that no one can explain. While chatting with the savanotria who prepared Yaya’s body for burial, Maggie learns that several other long-lived Ikariots had recently died under the same questionable circumstances.
Back in Athens, Andreas and his chief detective Yianni pursue a smuggling and protection ring embedded in the Greek DEA, and its possible involvement in the assassination of an undercover cop. As leads in the elder-killings on Ikaria and the DEA corruption case converge, Andreas and his crew realize there are international intrigues at play that might well stretch beyond the reach of the law. While they race to prevent yet another untimely death, Maggie’s faith in humanity, the church, and the very legal system she serves is tested in ways she never could have imagined. Can her boss’ Hail Mary pass at securing justice for the victims hope to hit its mark?
Siger has once again written a great mystery that keeps the reader riveted page after page to the end of this action-packed story. The well-rounded characters and the detailed descriptions of the landscapes leave the reader with the feeling of having visited Ikaria. The author manages to weave bits of history into the well-crafted plot along with contemporary issues facing Greece today. The book offers insights you might find in a well-written travel guide with so many details about the rugged Ikarian countryside, the customs of the people, and the food, it will undoubtedly lead many to book their next trip to Greece with a stop on the island.
For those familiar with the series, the characters feel like old friends who just happen to solve murders in some of the world’s most beautiful travel destinations. For those new to the series, One Last Chance will likely find them scrambling to read the other 11 books before the next one is released. Readers will definitely look forward to the next installment in this engrossing mystery series.
Siger was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, practiced law at a major Wall Street law firm, and later established his own New York City firm where he continued as one of its name partners until giving it all up to write full-time in his beloved Mykonos.
One Last Chance by Jeffrey Siger is available online and in bookstores.