I have finished the 49th book for the book challenge. It was Murder In Mykonos: An Inspector Kaldis Mystery by Jeffrey Siger.
Chief Andrea Kaldis has been “banished” from Athens to the Greek island of Mykonos by the Deputy Minister of Public Order. He is not very happy but determined to make the best of his stay as the chief of Mykonos’s police force.
But no sooner does he arrive on Mykonos but does the body of a young woman surface in the crypt of a church on the island. It appears that she was killed in some sort of a ritualistic way. She was bound and her orifices stuffed with tampons, her head was shaved and she was strangled and left in the crypt of an old church. It is learned that she was a young Dutch tourist, a tall young woman traveling alone. They trace her to a particular hotel on the island and find that the proprietor had made tapes of her in her room. They also trace the taxi driver who had driven her to the nude beach. But there the trail ends. However, in the church crypt they have found the bones of other girls. They decide to investigate other churches with certain saints’ names and they find other girls’ bodies. They have a serial killer loose on the island.
At the same time, Annika Vanden Haag, a Dutch-Greek graduate of Yale, has arrived on the island after a fight with her boyfriend. She will be meeting her cousin in a few days but until then she is amusing herself by pretending to be an American traveling alone. She goes with a Greek boy to a beach and he tries to rape her but she thwarts him. She goes off with a man she meets, and he slips something into her drink and kidnaps her and takes her to a prison of sorts–the mines hidden deep in the rocks of Mykonos where he tortures her for many days with drugs while keeping her naked and raping her. He also nearly poisons her carbon monoxide gas. He shaves her head. All of this is leading toward using her, as he used other tall, blonde Nordic or Dutch or American girls, as “tributes” in his bizarre sacrifice ritual.
Meanwhile, Andreas Kaldis has called in Tassos to help him with additional forces to search the mines on Mykonos for the killer and to stake out the numerous churches dedicated to St. Kiriake, where they believe the killer will take the next victim because that is the next name day of a saint. Annika’s mother Cathia and uncle, the Deputy Minister of Public Order who has been avoiding Kaldis because he though Kaldis wanted a transfer back to Athens, arrive on the island looking for her and Kaldis assures them they are doing everything possible to try to find her. They find the mine where Annika was being held but the killer and Annika have left in a boat for the island of Delos. Andreas realizes this and they also travel to Delos and head for the church there.
On Delos, they find the boat and two sets of foot prints–Annika’s and the killers. They see that Annika has escaped her killer and has been running from him. They see where she has been throwing rocks at him and hiding near the church. Then they realize that she has gone to hide in the Temple of Isis. But they have lost the killer. Tasso, however, goes to look for him. Andreas goes to the Temple of Isis. The killer drops from the ceiling of the Temple of Isis onto Annika. She struggles with him. Andreas gets off a shot and misses. He shoots again and hits the man. He cannot shoot again because Annika is in the way. The man disappears. Annika is safe. Andreas returns Annika to her mother and uncle. Shots are heard coming from far away. Then Tassos comes from the far end of the island. He says the problem has been taken care of. He has killed the killer. Andreas is horrified. The man was not armed. Tassos murdered him. Tassos says he was just helping the process along. He would have been murdered in prison. He deserved to die. Catia and the Deputy Minister and Annika are glad the man is dead, after all the man put Annika through.
Andreas meets Tassos later for coffee. He wants to know how Tassos knew where to go to catch the man. Tassos had an idea of where those old mines where and where they led to. He also suspected this man early on. As he said, he feels no guilt and was just helping the process along.
As it turns out, my suspicions of who was the killer were right all along, but it took until the very last page of the book to have them confirmed. And no, I’m not going to tell you who did it. You’ll have to read the book to find out or figure it out by yourself.