Review of WHEN THE DEVIL’S IDLE by Leta Serafim AND a $25 Amazon Gift Card Or PayPal Cash


A murder in ​the quiet town of Patmos, Greece.  Who would want to murder a 90-year-old ​German?
A murder in an enclosed compound with no one but family and the family’s gardener and housekeeper around.​   How did the murderer get into the ​secure ​compound?  One of them had to be the killer since it was difficult to get into the compound, but who and why?​
WHEN THE DEVIL’S IDLE is set in Greece with interesting characters​ and a wonderful glimpse at Greece’s culture.​
The main character Patronas ​was quite likable and a bit comical despite the seriousness of the situation he an​d​ his fellow policemen were investigating.​​  He was a great character to keep the book interesting and moving along. ​
​Along with the beauty of Greece, WHEN THE DEVIL’S IDLE brought up the horrors of WWII and what happened to the children of Aghios Stefanos.  Could this be the reason some​one wanted Gunther Bechtel dead after all this time?

The ending was a bit odd, but the crime was solved.  🙂

WHEN THE DEVIL’S IDLE dragged a bit and was difficult to follow at first with all the Greek names, but I enjoyed the book and became attached to the characters as I continued reading. 4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.



Leta Serafim‘s Bio:

Leta Serafim is the author of the Greek Islands Mystery series, published by the Coffeetown Press, as well as the historical novel, To Look on Death No More. She has visited over twenty-five islands in Greece and continues to divide her time between Boston and Greece.

When the Devil’s Idle Book Summary:

In the Book of Revelation, written by St. John on the Greek island of Patmos, it was said a pale horse would appear whose rider was death, others would cry out for vengeance, and the stars of heaven would fall to the earth. Death does indeed come to Patmos when a German tourist is found murdered in the garden of one of the island’s fabled estates. Yiannis Patronas, Chief Officer of the Chios police, is called in to investigate. He summons his top detective, Giorgos Tembelos, and his friend and amateur sleuth, Papa Michalis, to assist him. What the policemen discover will disturb them long after the conclusion of the case. Only six people were at the house at the time of the murder—the gardener and housekeeper, the victim’s son and his wife and their two children, a boy of seven and a teenage girl of sixteen. All appear to be innocent. But access to the isolated estate is severely restricted. Surrounded by high walls, it has only one entrance: a metal gate that was bolted at the time of the crime. Patronas can only conclude that one of the six is a killer. He continues to probe, uncovering the family’s many secrets. Some are very old, others more recent. All are horrifying. But which of these secrets led to murder?

Book 2 of the Greek Islands Mystery series, which began with The Devil Takes Half.

Price/Formats: $6.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Mystery Suspense Thriller
Coffeetown Press
September 1, 2015

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