Dec 3, 2017

Sunday Salon: A Romance and Greek Mystery Novels

Vinegar Girl
I finished and reviewed Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn, a retelling in modern times of the King Lear story. I have decided to read others in the Hobarth Shakespeare series as well.

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler retells The Taming of the Shrew. It was an enjoyable, light read, basically a love story about 29-year-old Kate, whose scientist father engineered a romance by matchmaking her with his research assistant, Pyotr. Kate is unwilling to help her father - he needs to keep Pyotr in the country to continue his research, and Pyotr's visa is about to expire. Kate's father tries to persuade Kate to an arranged marriage so that Pyotr can legally stay in the country. 

How Pyotr manages to win her over is the theme of the story, and Tyler has done a marvelous job with her retelling of Shakespeare's story. 
The Lady of Sorrows (The Greek Detective #4)
Another book I finished recently was a Greek mystery, The Lady of Sorrows by Anne Zouroudi.
Set on a remote Greek island, the plot surrounds the poisoning of a local fisherman and the possible connection to the icon of Our Lady of Sorrows in the local church. There are also questions about the catacombs beneath the church and the secrets kept by some of the colorful local people of the village. The investigator is a visitor to the island, the enigmatic detective Hermes Diaktoros, whom the novel refers to only as the Fat Man. A good plot and an intriguing setting, the book looks at another side of of an otherwise beautiful tourist island.

The Whispers of Nemesis (The Greek Detective, #5)The Feast of Artemis (The Greek Detective, #7)
I have downloaded two of the other books in Zouroudis' Greek Detective mystery series - The Whispers of Nemesis and The Feast of Artemis.

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18 comments:

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I loved Vinegar Girl...Anne Tyler's writing sold me on it. Now I want to check out Dunbar. Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

Harvee said...

I liked Dunbar and hope you do too!

Aj @ Read All The Things! said...

I’ve seen a lot of great reviews of Vinegar Girl. That cover always catches my attention. Have a great week!

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Anne Tyler is wonderful. She could write about anything, even a Shakespeare remix.

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Suko said...

Vinegar Girl sounds wonderful. Have a terrific week, Harvee!

Harvee said...

Cover and story are both winners!

Harvee said...

I enjoyed it!

Harvee said...

Have great reading, Suko!

Beth F said...

I usually really like Anne Tyler, I should add this to my list. AND I had forgotten about those Greek mysteries. I need to get re-acquainted.

Kathy Martin said...

That Hobart Shakespeare series sounds intriguing. I should add those books to my list but my list is so full right now. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Greg said...

I love the looks of the Greek Detective mysteries, especially The Feast of Artemis (love love love that cover). I need to look into those because Greece. :)

Harvee said...

I am rereading some I have already read but forgotten!

Harvee said...

Too many books and not enough time, I agree!

Harvee said...

Don't be disappointed when the author also writes about the seamier side of the island culture!

pussreboots said...

I read Vinegar Girl near the beginning of the year and enjoyed it. I'm getting ready for the new year. Come see what I'm looking forward to and what I'm reading now.

Harvee said...

Glad you bliked it too!

GatheringBooks said...

Anne Tyler was one of my favourite novelists when I was in my early 20s, i have to get back to her writing soonest.

Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks said...

Your books look pretty cool! I am such a cover junkie though :) have a great week!

Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

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