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My Greek Books—May 2024 Reads

by Maria A. Karamitsos   ·  1 week ago   ·  
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It’s My Greek Books time again! This month’s reads include a novella and two novels, all written by Greek authors. Find out what I’ve been reading.

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Come along to Cyprus, New York, and New England with this month’s reads. Let’s go!

Everywhere You Look (Never Tell Collection) by Liv Constantine

Amazon Original Stories (March 19, 2024)

About the author

Liv Constantine is the pen name of Greek-American sisters Lynne Constantine (she also publishes under the name L.C. Shaw) and Valerie Constantine. They had been writing individually for years, but the magic they create together has made them international best-selling authors. Their psychological thrillers have taken the world by storm. The Last Mrs. Parrish, their debut joint novel, was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick and Netflix purchased the rights to turn it into a series. It’s expected this summer.

My Greek Books May 2024 Reads Cover of Everywhere You Look by Liv Constantine. Image of a woman with dark hair looking away from the camera
Novella by Liv Constantine

About the book

This is Book 1 in the Amazon Original Stories series, “Never Tell”. The series “features six award-winning, bestselling authors of suspense that explore the lingering threat of secrets and the inescapable fear that they can’t stay buried forever. No matter how dark the hiding place, the consequences of revealing the truth can bring out the worst in lovers, friends, family, and strangers.”

It’s been 10 years since Jade lost her father. Guilt and grief have eaten away at her for years. One night at a restaurant, she looks out the window and sees her father. She runs outside but can’t find him. She searches for him, as she can’t lose him again. Where’s he been all this time? And why did he let her believe he was dead? You’ll have to read it to find out!

My Greek Books review

This book comes in at just 47 pages, and in those few pages, Liv Constantine sends us on many twists and turns and plenty of suspense. You won’t be able to put it down. I sure didn’t see that ending coming! This is a quick read you won’t forget.

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Thirty-eight Days of Rain by Eva Asprakis

Independently published (March 08, 2024)

About the author

Eva Asprakis was raised by her American mother and Cypriot stepfather (who adopted her) in South London. She currently lives in Nicosia. Eva is the author of two novels, in which she explores themes of cultural identity, immigration, complex family relationships, and more. Her debut work of contemporary fiction, Love and Only Water (independently published), came out in 2022.

My Greek Books May 2024 Reads. Cover of Thirty-eight Days of Rain by Eva Asprakis. Image of blue rain drops and one red drop on a yellow background.
Contemporary ficiton by Eva Asprakis

About the book

Androulla was born in the UK, the daughter of a Greek mother and a Brit. Following her parents’ divorce, her mother later remarried a Greek Cypriot, and after spending much time in Cyprus, she feels it’s her heart’s home. Since Brexit, she relies on her Greek passport to stay in Cyprus, but she struggles to gain residency. Now 24, to assist her bid for Cypriot citizenship, her stepfather adopts her. She’s married to a Cypriot man, but since he was born in Australia and so were his parents, he also struggles with residency and his birthright for citizenship.

Amid her immigration issues and her adoption, Androulla learns that she is infertile. Prior, she hadn’t considered motherhood, but something has sparked in her. However, now that she knows she likely cannot give birth, adoption may be the only way.

As she comes to grips with this reality, along with the strain of her efforts to officially become Cypriot and family issues, she jeopardizes her marriage. Between consulate and doctor appointments, and potentially losing her partner, she must determine her place in the world, what it means to be a woman, and what it all means for her future.

My Greek Books review

This is the first book I’ve read by Eva Asprakis, and certainly will not be the last. Thirty-eight Days of Rain is a compelling story about where we fit in the world, and how that influences who we are and the decisions that we make. I loved her prose and the way she gave so much dimension to Androulla as she figures out her life path, truly becoming an adult. I couldn’t wait to find out how it came together and read it in two days. I’m looking forward to more from this author.

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The God in the Sea: An Aristotle “Soc” Socarides Mystery by Paul Kemprecos

Thalassa Imprints (February 1, 2024)

About the author

In the 1980s, Greek-American Author Paul Kemprecos was inspired to write fiction while covering a story as managing editor of the weekly newspaper, The Cape Codder. He took over the story after a reporter left the publication. Three salvage groups competed to find and exploit the wreck of a pirate ship belonging to Samuel “Black” Bellamy from 1717. The ship reportedly went aground during a storm off Cape Cod. Legend has it the vessel was filled with millions of dollars of gold.

With all the colorful players involved, Paul saw more than just one article. He penned a book about it but didn’t get far with the nonfiction story. So he turned it into a detective novel and then a series. The first book, Cool Blue Tomb (Bantam Doubleday) was published in 2013. To date, he’s published 9 novels in the “Soc” series, and co-authored the Numa files series with Clive Cussler.

My Greek Books May 2024 Reads. Cover of The God in the Sea by Paul Kemprecos. Image of a small boat on the water at dusk, sky filled with orange and dark clouds.
The latest in the Aristotle “Soc” Socarides Mystery Series by Paul Kemprecos

About the book

When a job on a charter boat in the Florida Keys doesn’t pan out and Aristotle “Soc” Socarides returns home to New England, things go awry and he wishes he’d stayed south. He can’t repay a family loan and everyone’s choosing sides. He may have to sell his boat, Thalassa II, to avoid a family split which could jeopardize his family’s frozen Greek foods business.

As he tries to figure it out, Soc finds himself in hot water after visiting his old pal, John. Little did he know John was embroiled in a situation with an international crime syndicate. As if that wasn’t bad enough, his old war buddy Joe shares a secret with him—while on his fishing boat, Joe discovered an ancient trident that broke off a statue resting at the bottom of Cape Cod. Before Soc can help him discover its history and then get it to salvage, Joe is killed—the trident is the murder weapon. Then an expert on antiquities, the only other person Joe shared his find with, is also murdered.

Joe’s sister hires Soc, who is a part-time private investigator, to find out what happened to her brother. When Soc learns the statue is Poseidon, and that nefarious players want to get their hands on the statue, his life—and the families of the murder victims—are in jeopardy. And John is also in the line of fire. Can Soc solve the mystery before anyone else—including himself—gets killed?

My Greek Books review

Paul Kemprecos crafted an imaginative tale that kept me on the edge of my seat. Just as I thought I’d figured out what was going to happen, a new twist came into play. All the twists and details adeptly woven into the story make The God in the Sea a “whodunit” of mythological proportions.

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My Greek Books—May 2024 Edition

Well, that’s it for this month. Add these three books to your to-be-read list. Check back next month for more My Greek Books!


Read more:

My Greek Books—May 2023 Reads

My Greek Books—January 2023 Read


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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