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Please note this was originally published as Nemesis of the Dead. SOMEONE’S POISONING PARADISE Detective Inspector Jack Dawes and his bride, Corrie, join eight other holidaymakers bound for a tiny Greek island, ready for a bit of sun, sea and sand. One of them is a ruthless killer. Mayhem ensues when a storm destroys the island’s primitive communications, cutting it off Please note this was originally published as Nemesis of the Dead. SOMEONE’S POISONING PARADISE Detective Inspector Jack Dawes and his bride, Corrie, join eight other holidaymakers bound for a tiny Greek island, ready for a bit of sun, sea and sand. One of them is a ruthless killer. Mayhem ensues when a storm destroys the island’s primitive communications, cutting it off from civilization. IT’S A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR MURDER. First one victim is poisoned, followed swiftly by another. Then a woman is found badly beaten in a quiet cove and a body is found in a grotto to St Sophia, the island’s patron saint. The island’s visitors are being picked off one by one. Can Jack uncover the truth before the killer ups the ante? Who will return home — and who will be sacrificed to the island? Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, JR Ellis, Angela Marsons or Faith Martin. MEET THE DETECTIVES Detective Inspector Jack Dawes, tall and handsome, looks like the fuzz even when he’s off-duty. He rose up through the ranks at Scotland Yard and now is a well-respected detective in the murder squad. A career copper, he was married to the job until he met Coriander during a money laundering investigation, the case which earned him his promotion to DI. He has logical analytical skills. She has intuitive people skills. So he bounces ideas off her. They make a formidable and funny couple whose skills combine to solve crimes.


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Please note this was originally published as Nemesis of the Dead. SOMEONE’S POISONING PARADISE Detective Inspector Jack Dawes and his bride, Corrie, join eight other holidaymakers bound for a tiny Greek island, ready for a bit of sun, sea and sand. One of them is a ruthless killer. Mayhem ensues when a storm destroys the island’s primitive communications, cutting it off Please note this was originally published as Nemesis of the Dead. SOMEONE’S POISONING PARADISE Detective Inspector Jack Dawes and his bride, Corrie, join eight other holidaymakers bound for a tiny Greek island, ready for a bit of sun, sea and sand. One of them is a ruthless killer. Mayhem ensues when a storm destroys the island’s primitive communications, cutting it off from civilization. IT’S A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR MURDER. First one victim is poisoned, followed swiftly by another. Then a woman is found badly beaten in a quiet cove and a body is found in a grotto to St Sophia, the island’s patron saint. The island’s visitors are being picked off one by one. Can Jack uncover the truth before the killer ups the ante? Who will return home — and who will be sacrificed to the island? Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, JR Ellis, Angela Marsons or Faith Martin. MEET THE DETECTIVES Detective Inspector Jack Dawes, tall and handsome, looks like the fuzz even when he’s off-duty. He rose up through the ranks at Scotland Yard and now is a well-respected detective in the murder squad. A career copper, he was married to the job until he met Coriander during a money laundering investigation, the case which earned him his promotion to DI. He has logical analytical skills. She has intuitive people skills. So he bounces ideas off her. They make a formidable and funny couple whose skills combine to solve crimes.

30 review for The Greek Island Killer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    A very disappointing book. I didn't like the two main characters, Jack and Corie, and the story was a let down. Doesn't seem likely I'll read anymore. A very disappointing book. I didn't like the two main characters, Jack and Corie, and the story was a let down. Doesn't seem likely I'll read anymore.

  2. 5 out of 5

    P.Panagiotopoulos

    Catastrophe Is it my idea or are “ ten little niggers” screaming for their plot back? The Gods of Olympus are also complaining for being misused. The regional cuisine of Greece has nothing to do with the food described in the book. It has delicious dishes usually cooked by old ladies. No wonder the island on which the story takes place , is called Catastrophos. The full catastrophy

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jill Sauder

    Couldn't finish it. Didn't like the characters and the situation of a policeman doing an investigation in a foreign country was too much for me to swallow. Also not a fan of adultery, which is described here in more detail than I like. Most mysteries are clean, which I like. This wasn't. Couldn't finish it. Didn't like the characters and the situation of a policeman doing an investigation in a foreign country was too much for me to swallow. Also not a fan of adultery, which is described here in more detail than I like. Most mysteries are clean, which I like. This wasn't.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    I don't know how I managed to finish this novel. Sigh. The main characters are attractive (DC Jack Dawes and wife), but this book did not make me care about the fate of the other characters, who were rather unbelievable. There wasn't enough laughter in the book to counterbalance the dreariness of the setting and the rather imponderable plot. I wanted the book to satisfy my longing for the sun and charm of a Greek island during the cold and damp of a Canadian spring. It didn't. I wanted to be abl I don't know how I managed to finish this novel. Sigh. The main characters are attractive (DC Jack Dawes and wife), but this book did not make me care about the fate of the other characters, who were rather unbelievable. There wasn't enough laughter in the book to counterbalance the dreariness of the setting and the rather imponderable plot. I wanted the book to satisfy my longing for the sun and charm of a Greek island during the cold and damp of a Canadian spring. It didn't. I wanted to be able to picture the setting and see the plot unfolding. I couldn't. Frances Lloyd could do better, I suspect, and I hope she does.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    Couldn't put the book down trying to figure out the murderer. Loved it Couldn't put the book down trying to figure out the murderer. Loved it

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Boe

    This is the first and last of this series that I plan to not read. There are just too many good books out there and this is not one of them. I skipped through this one after 10 boring chapters.

  7. 5 out of 5

    margaret chalmers

    Greek dances with Death. Hugely enjoyable detective nonsense. Just the ticket for this boring time in Corona lockdown. I laughed and giggled all the way through this wildly improbable story. A great tonic. Plot goes thus, mixed group of people go to remote Greek island with ridiculous name and Death joins the group. We have a detective and his flaky wife, a nutty professor and his gorgeous American wife, a ghastly dominating bore of a man with his downtrodden wife, a fit looking cheerful plumber Greek dances with Death. Hugely enjoyable detective nonsense. Just the ticket for this boring time in Corona lockdown. I laughed and giggled all the way through this wildly improbable story. A great tonic. Plot goes thus, mixed group of people go to remote Greek island with ridiculous name and Death joins the group. We have a detective and his flaky wife, a nutty professor and his gorgeous American wife, a ghastly dominating bore of a man with his downtrodden wife, a fit looking cheerful plumber with heart of gold, a weird hippy female and...oh, a motley cast of stereotypical Greeks in a hotel which would make Basil Fawlty's look like the Ritz, a hotel which could never pass health codes in this day and age no matter how remote the island. Add in superstition and the Hand of Nemesis and you get the picture. Unbelievable rubbish and I enjoyed every line of it. Can't recommend it highly enough. Utter tosh. What a joy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gillian Perkins

    While I enjoyed the story itself, even the fact it was a rip off of Agatha Christie’s Then There Were None, the one thing that made we want to tear my hair out was the character of Corie. She acts like a hormonal 12 year old and annoyed me no end. I downloaded 3 other books in the series so hopefully the writer will have had Corie grow up. Wouldn’t describe the story as a thriller, more a cozy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    barbara jones

    Lighthearted. Murder at anytime can be gruesome. But not this story. It jumps between the Greek Gods and Corrieanders interpretation of life on an island. Sometimes you read so many murder stories that it makes you miserable. But you read a murder story like this, and it gives you a lighthearted approach to another murder. Murders, in this case. Next book coming up, thank you Frances lloyd.

  10. 5 out of 5

    MRS G

    I loved this light hearted 1st book in the DI Jack Dawes series. It reminded me a little of Faith Martin's character - Jenny Starling wholesome, murder mystery stories. It's a 'comfy' book to enjoy & de-stress during each read. I do think it was a tad longer than it needed to be. I enjoyed the epilogue pulling the loose ends together. I've already downloaded book two - The Bluebell Killer & look forward to many more 'comfy' reads ahead! I loved this light hearted 1st book in the DI Jack Dawes series. It reminded me a little of Faith Martin's character - Jenny Starling wholesome, murder mystery stories. It's a 'comfy' book to enjoy & de-stress during each read. I do think it was a tad longer than it needed to be. I enjoyed the epilogue pulling the loose ends together. I've already downloaded book two - The Bluebell Killer & look forward to many more 'comfy' reads ahead!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marion

    This is a fairly simple, amusing tale, it made a very pleasant change from the usual gory, ghastly crime books I read. Don’t take it seriously, I am pretty sure the author was out to entertain and amuse. I had the cast of Midsummer Murders in mind, almost a seamless fit! A giggle, and I am going to read the next 3 in the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    barbara walker

    After you get past the silly names I really started to enjoy the story, the characters were well described and you felt drawn to the interaction between them and as the story evolved and the poisonings started I was hooked. Really enjoyed it and there were quite a few laugh out loud moments which you don't normally find in a crime thriller. After you get past the silly names I really started to enjoy the story, the characters were well described and you felt drawn to the interaction between them and as the story evolved and the poisonings started I was hooked. Really enjoyed it and there were quite a few laugh out loud moments which you don't normally find in a crime thriller.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katie Watson

    I really enjoyed this book, found it a quick read and it really surprised me. I’m not sure wether if it was because it was free with amazon prime that I thought I wouldn’t enjoy this. I’m not an expert on mythology, but I love Greece and that’s what encouraged me to download this book! I found that the characters were strong, all but one, who annoyed the living daylights out of me bit I think that was the aim. The only negatives I have would be the way Greek food was portrayed, as it’s usually a I really enjoyed this book, found it a quick read and it really surprised me. I’m not sure wether if it was because it was free with amazon prime that I thought I wouldn’t enjoy this. I’m not an expert on mythology, but I love Greece and that’s what encouraged me to download this book! I found that the characters were strong, all but one, who annoyed the living daylights out of me bit I think that was the aim. The only negatives I have would be the way Greek food was portrayed, as it’s usually amazing, regardless of what it is, maybe it was to tie in with the name of the island, and give more of a sense of the holiday from hell. And the idea of being unfaithful is slightly fantasied, not great in my opinion. Overall, a cosy quick and easy read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jane Ponce

    This was a fun, well constructed book, and I enjoyed reading it. Agatha Christie-like, it starts when a group of seemingly unrelated characters sign up for a 2-week vacation on a Greek island named. Katastrophos. Catastrophos....what could possibly go wrong? Well, plenty. Lots of plot twists and turns under the general aegis of Greek mythology, which I love. A real page-turner! Even when you think you have it figured out, there are surprises. I loved the symmetry of the concept and I salute the a This was a fun, well constructed book, and I enjoyed reading it. Agatha Christie-like, it starts when a group of seemingly unrelated characters sign up for a 2-week vacation on a Greek island named. Katastrophos. Catastrophos....what could possibly go wrong? Well, plenty. Lots of plot twists and turns under the general aegis of Greek mythology, which I love. A real page-turner! Even when you think you have it figured out, there are surprises. I loved the symmetry of the concept and I salute the author for tying up all the loose ends. So many modern novels have no real conclusion; they just stop abruptly, with numerous issues unresolved, which is very unsatisfying. This one was very satisfying. I hope to read more about DI Jack Dawes and his wife Coriander.

  15. 5 out of 5

    elizabeth mcguire

    D I Hack Dawes and his chef wife Corrie go on a belated honeymoon. To a mysterious, small Greek Island which has stormy past. Jack has not told his wife he is actually on a case. Which leads to a ew misunderstandings Then the 10 guests start to be murdered. When will Jack let Corrie know they are not just on honeymoon. Will it be too late? As they fall 1 by 1. Corrie is a character. Who thinks she has intuitive abilities. Which is certainly not one of Jack's traits. He is a by the book guy. Howeve D I Hack Dawes and his chef wife Corrie go on a belated honeymoon. To a mysterious, small Greek Island which has stormy past. Jack has not told his wife he is actually on a case. Which leads to a ew misunderstandings Then the 10 guests start to be murdered. When will Jack let Corrie know they are not just on honeymoon. Will it be too late? As they fall 1 by 1. Corrie is a character. Who thinks she has intuitive abilities. Which is certainly not one of Jack's traits. He is a by the book guy. However, once they start working together things start to make sense. This is definitely a tongue in cheek detective story. If you read it as that you will enjoy it but if you are a strict detective/cop story aficionado then steer clear.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christopher P Boam

    Despite a lot of poor reviews, I enjoyed this book. OK, it's not the action packed thriller, I read it as a bit of a comedy. I love a book that makes me smile while I read it! Anyone that has been to one of the smaller Greek Islands can identify the scenario straight away and the "disasters" that occur. The assembled characters remind me of what you might have got in the 70's in a disaster movie. Larger than life characters, each with a background and all become possible suspects. Despite a lot of poor reviews, I enjoyed this book. OK, it's not the action packed thriller, I read it as a bit of a comedy. I love a book that makes me smile while I read it! Anyone that has been to one of the smaller Greek Islands can identify the scenario straight away and the "disasters" that occur. The assembled characters remind me of what you might have got in the 70's in a disaster movie. Larger than life characters, each with a background and all become possible suspects.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Jack’s wife Corrie would be upset if she knew he was working on a case while they were on vacation. The couples that seemed like they were quite normal at first, now they all seemed unhinged. The mayhem that occurred getting to this unknown spot and now no activities, the food, and just sitting doing nothing for two weeks, was getting to every one tempers. Orrin was in the kitchen fixing meals, and it looked like Jack was investigating, so much for a honeymoon.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sally-Ann Edmonds

    So much wrong with this book: geography [Actium is nowhere near a ferry ride from Methoni], the cave of Nymphs [unless the island was supposed to be Ithaka? which again is nowhere near a ferry ride from Methoni], all the mythology [kept ruining the story line, what there was of it], derogatory remarks about Greek cuisine [which is just a stereotype and nothing like indigenous Greek food, which I've enjoyed for many years], Corrie was annoying ... So much wrong with this book: geography [Actium is nowhere near a ferry ride from Methoni], the cave of Nymphs [unless the island was supposed to be Ithaka? which again is nowhere near a ferry ride from Methoni], all the mythology [kept ruining the story line, what there was of it], derogatory remarks about Greek cuisine [which is just a stereotype and nothing like indigenous Greek food, which I've enjoyed for many years], Corrie was annoying ...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    DI Jack Dawes and his wife Corrie are finally off on their belated honeymoon to the Greek Island of Katastrophos arriving with 8 other people. Then the attempted murders start until someone is killed. Really didn't like Corrie, I found her character very annoying and childish, to the extent that I found it hard to finish the book. A cosy crime story DI Jack Dawes and his wife Corrie are finally off on their belated honeymoon to the Greek Island of Katastrophos arriving with 8 other people. Then the attempted murders start until someone is killed. Really didn't like Corrie, I found her character very annoying and childish, to the extent that I found it hard to finish the book. A cosy crime story

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jean Sagar

    Greek Islands love them A nice easy read with an interesting plot and characters. Guessed the ending before I got there but still a pleasant easy read and love everything Greece anyway so enjoyed the visualisation if not the earlier cuisine (which did improve as the story evolved).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Miss Elizabeth Unwin

    Unlike some of the other reviewers, I really liked this book. The main characters were likeable as were the rest of them. The plot might have been a bit surreal but it covered all the bases and was easy to keep up with. I really liked the links to the Greek gods and references to their antics. I have already started book 2 and am looking forward to continuing the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Suz McDowell

    The mystery itself was good, but the main couple, Jack and Corrie, were completely unbelievable as a couple. They spent the entire book keeping secrets from each other, not listening to each other, even vaguely putting each other down. They acted more like siblings than husband and wife, and that spoiled the book for me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gary and Sandra Sims

    Cute book The premise is old but with some new twists and turns. The characters were well defined with just amount of revealing throughout the book. Jack and Corrie seem to be likeable characters. Worth a read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Janet E Bignell

    Enjoyable, easy reading. I enjoyed reading this book. Jack and Corrie are a likeable couple. Only four stars because it's not a taxing story. Good if you enjoy a murder mystery without having to work too hard. Enjoyable, easy reading. I enjoyed reading this book. Jack and Corrie are a likeable couple. Only four stars because it's not a taxing story. Good if you enjoy a murder mystery without having to work too hard.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    DNF: - This was a very disappointing book. The story was a big let down. I read about 50% of the book which was approximately the first 10 chapters, and then I realized I just could not finish it. It is highly unlikely I would read any more of these books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bev Priest

    Nice read. Glad I read this as I really liked it. I must admit the title put me off at first glance, so glad I read the blurb and changed my mind. Good, old fashioned whodunit along the lines of' And then there were none' . Nice read. Glad I read this as I really liked it. I must admit the title put me off at first glance, so glad I read the blurb and changed my mind. Good, old fashioned whodunit along the lines of' And then there were none' .

  27. 4 out of 5

    johnanimalantics.net, Margaret G Conlan

    Superb What an absolutely stunning storyline from beginning to end. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it except the mild swearing and profanity which I dislike hence 4 stars. The different characters were especially welcoming with their personalities.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen wadey

    Loved this book it's very funny and cleverly written, with our hero Jack Dawes and his crazy culinary wife Corrie Dawes leading the pack of victims and killer who knew that it would have me laughing especially the corpse and the boat. Looking forward to reading more. Loved this book it's very funny and cleverly written, with our hero Jack Dawes and his crazy culinary wife Corrie Dawes leading the pack of victims and killer who knew that it would have me laughing especially the corpse and the boat. Looking forward to reading more.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Peter Allen

    The name of the island 'Katastrophus' and the fact that it was not a tourist destination was far fetched (It had a substantial but obviously unused Hotel). Apart from that, I found the writing style extremely amusing. The characters were all believable and interesting and I failed to guess the villain as the plot unfolded. All in all, very enjoyable and not too heavy. The name of the island 'Katastrophus' and the fact that it was not a tourist destination was far fetched (It had a substantial but obviously unused Hotel). Apart from that, I found the writing style extremely amusing. The characters were all believable and interesting and I failed to guess the villain as the plot unfolded. All in all, very enjoyable and not too heavy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book didn't capture my imagination or my interest..didn't think the characters were particularly nice and the story seemed chaotic and disorganised rather than suspenseful or absorbing..thumbs down for this one 😒 This book didn't capture my imagination or my interest..didn't think the characters were particularly nice and the story seemed chaotic and disorganised rather than suspenseful or absorbing..thumbs down for this one 😒

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