The Devil Takes Half

The Devil Takes Half

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At an archeological 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 archeologist 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 archeologists, 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15mm | 381g
  • United States
  • English
  • New
  • 1603819657
  • 9781603819657
  • 2,347,937

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"The Greeks have a word for it, and in this fast-paced, delightful mystery, that word is murder. A cop with a nagging wife and an old priest with an addiction to American TV are spurred to investigate the homicide of a beautiful anthropologist who may have dug up more than shards of an ancient urn. The real buried treasure is pure pleasure in Serafim's debut novel."
--Mary Daheim, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Alpine and Bed & Breakfast mystery series
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79 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 24% (19)
4 38% (30)
3 29% (23)
2 8% (6)
1 1% (1)

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Leta Serafim has done a remarkable job! At an archeological dig on the idyllic Greek Island of Chios, a severed hand is found lying in a blood-filled trench. This docile place has seen nothing more than petty theft. The Chief of Detectives has his work cut out for him, but he has help from the local priest who has seen and memorized every American detective show. Fast-paced, it has you gasping for air and turning pages at the same time. You will go through a gamut of emotions. More! More!show more
by Jeanie Loiacono
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