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My Greek Books—March 2024 Reads

by Maria A. Karamitsos   ·  2 months ago   ·  

It’s My Greek Books time! This month, I read three fantastic novels set in Greece. Keep going to find out what I’ve been reading.

My Greek Books

March is here and it’s time for My Greek Books! I’m so excited to share this month’s reads. Let’s go!

At Any Cost: Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery Series Book 13 by Jeffrey Siger

Severn House (February 6, 2024)

About the author

Jeffrey Siger is an American living on the island of Mykonos. He’s a former Wall Street lawyer who gave up his career as a name partner in his own law firm to write the international bestselling, award-recognized ‘Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis’ series of mystery thrillers telling more than just a fast-paced story. He’s also served as Chair of the National Board of Bouchercon, America’s largest mystery convention, and as Adjunct Professor of English at Washington & Jefferson College, teaching mystery writing. Recently, I had the pleasure to moderate a Hellenic American Women’s Council event with Jeff, here in the Chicago area, where we spoke about how he came to writing, the series, his inspirations, At Any Cost, and more. Fans will be happy to know that book 14 is scheduled for 2025.

Kaldis is back in latest from Jeffrey Siger

About the book

After a series of suspicious fires the previous summer, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis and his team are assigned to investigate. While wildfires in Greece aren’t unusual, Kaldis worries that this is a set up and he and his department will be forced to accept political blame for the blazes.

He speculates that shady characters—both foreign and domestic—are involved. One lead after another points to arson, done for profit. They learn of plans to make Syros the center of the Metaverse, weaponizing the digital world for a mysterious entity’s nefarious plans. Can Kaldis and his team stop it before it’s too late?

My Greek Books review

Book 13 in the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery Series does not disappoint. This time, Jeffrey Siger tackles contemporary topics like AI, Metaverse, and Big Tech. He takes us to Syros for this brand-new adventure, reuniting us with our old friend, Andreas, who always fights for what’s right—no matter what. We also meet more of his extended family, who become embroiled in the investigation. There were more twists in there than I expected! I’ve read and reviewed all of Jeff’s books, and every time I say the same thing—and it holds true this time: the only bad thing is that I have to wait another year for a new book. Don’t miss At Any Cost. It’s a fast-paced, intriguing story that will have you on the edge of your seat.

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Oriana: A Novel of Oriana Fallaci by Anastasia Rubis

Delphinium Books (March 19, 2024)

About the author

This Greek-American Author has worked as an advertising and PR executive in Manhattan, an adjunct professor of English, and a journalist. Her work has appeared in New York Times, Huffington Post, New York Observer, and literary journals. One of her stories, “Blue Pools,” was included in the anthology Oh, Baby published by Creative Nonfiction and edited by Lee Gutkind. Another story, “Girl Falling,” was named a Notable Essay in Best Essays of 2014. She co-wrote and co-directed a 13-minute documentary titled “Breakfast Lunch Dinner: The Greek Diner Story” on YouTube. She and her family live in New Jersey and spend their summers in Greece.

New biographical novel by Anastasia Rubis

About the book

Near the end of her life, Italian Journalist Oriana Fallaci is approached by a Hollywood producer to propose a biopic about her life, her career as a trailblazing journalist, love, and more. From there, we learn about one of the greatest interviewers of the 20th century—who happened to be female—but remains relatively unknown in the US.

Oriana grew up in war time, and at age 14, aided her father in his work with the Italian Resistance movement against the Nazis. Despite poverty, her lack of university education, and sexism in the newsroom, she fought her way to the top of her field. By 1973, she moved to New York, where she was hailed by Newsweek as the greatest interviewer of the time. She interviewed some of the most powerful and influential people, including Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, Robert Kennedy, the Shah of Iran, Indira Ghandi, Golda Meir, and more. She was brave, confronted leaders on the toughest issues of the day, and rose to international fame.

Everything changed when she met Greek Activist and Poet Alexander Panagoulis. Though ten years younger, he captivated her. They lived in different countries, but shared philosophies and a lust for life and social justice. Oriana had always hoped to find her soulmate, and it was the one thing missing in her life. But could she really have it all?

My Greek Books review

Prior to this book, I did not know of Oriana Fallaci, even though she was known as a master interviewer and broke through the proverbial glass ceiling to be among the best in her field. After reading, I researched Oriana, viewed her photos and interview clips. In this stunning debut novel, Anastasia Rubis skillfully captured the essence of Oriana. I envisioned her just as she was. Women will identify with Oriana’s reflections on life. Now I want to read Oriana’s books and Panagoulis’ poetry. Oriana is a true role model, not just for journalists, but for women in general. While Oriana was well-known around the world, she is little known in the US. But with this brilliant biographical novel, that’s about to change. Oriana: A Novel of Oriana Fallaci is a must read.

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The Little Liar by Mitch Albom

Harper (November 14, 2023)

About the author

Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned and bestselling author, journalist, screenwriter, radio and TV broadcaster, playwright, and musician. His books have sold more than 40 million copies and have been published in 48 languages. Some have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed TV movies. He is also known for his philanthropic work, including founding the non-profit SAY Detroit, that serves the needs of Detroit’s most underserved citizens. The author also operates a home and school in Haiti. He and his wife life in Michigan.

Bestselling Author Mitch Albom heads to Greece for his latest novel.

About the book

During WWII, the Nazis enlist the assistance of 11-year-old Nico Krispis as they round up the Jews in Thessaloniki. Nico has never told a lie. He’s a good boy, well-liked in the community. Before that fateful day, Sebastian already resented his younger brother. They’re schoolmate Fannie falls for Nico, even though his older brother Sebastian has his eye on her. The Nazis take advantage of Nico’s goodness and use him to round up his neighbors. They tell him if he helps them, they’ll save his family.

When Nico realizes that he was used, he feels he can never tell the truth again. He spends the rest of his life changing identities, locations, and more, desperate to find his family—and for redemption. Meanwhile, his family suffers in a concentration camp, and his brother resolves to get revenge on “the little liar”. Can Nico save his family—and himself—before it’s too late?

My Greek Books review

The Little Liar is an extraordinary story about the effect on individual lives during wartime, about how deeply we regret our mistakes, and ultimately, about the power of love. Nico is just a boy, trusting and naïve, who is tricked into betraying his family. I couldn’t stop reading—I had to know how it all came together. Mitch Albom crafted an amazing story of love and redemption, and the atrocities of war.

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My Greek Books—March 2024 Edition

Well, that’s it for this month. Now you’ve got three more books to add to your list. Til next time, Happy reading!

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Maria A. Karamitsos

Maria A. Karamitsos is a journalist, author, and poet. She's the founder & former publisher/editor of WindyCity Greek magazine and former associate editor & senior writer for The Greek Star newspaper. Maria currently pens a literary column for NEO magazine and also contributes to Greek City Times and TripFiction. Her work has been published in The Magic of Us-A Moms Who Write Poetry Anthology, The Pen Poetry Magazine, Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal, Highland Park Poetry, GreekCircle magazine, The National Herald, GreekReporter, Harlots Sauce Radio, Women.Who.Write, KPHTH magazine, XPAT Athens, and more. Maria has contributed to two books: Greektown Chicago: Its History, Its Recipes and The Chicago Area Ethnic Handbook. She's currently working on her 1st novel.

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