‘Pandora’s Prophecy’ is the third in the Greek Island mystery series but can be read as a standalone although some characters from the previous books do make an appearance.
Lisa and Mark are going through a rough patch, Vicky is seventeen and has just discovered that the man she thought was her father really isn’t, Ruth is getting over her husband’s betrayal after nearly twenty-five years of marriage. On the surface they have nothing in common except that they are all staying in the same hotel on a Greek Island. As they each come into contact with the mysterious Pandora, their lives will change forever. Bodies begin to pile up as a serial killer is on the loose who might just be targeting the hotel. The Island’s Police Chief, Christos Pavlides, tries to solve the puzzle but he has problems of his own to resolve. It seems that the local celebrity author is the one who holds the key.
Reviewed by Estelle Haward – Murmers of a Wondering Soul
Set in Greece on a tiny island Pandora’s Prophecy takes the reader on a journey through interwoven timelines. A murder mystery, love story and drama all rolled into one tale.
Pandora with her special gift, growing up with her Grandmother and brother Dimitri. Pandora touching the lives of strangers thrown together in a holiday resort in Greece. Lisa caught in a frustrating marriage, Ruth trying to come to terms with a cheating husband, loud and abrasive Suzie and then, Vicky, running from family to find family. A tale of strangers on an island filled with beauty, vibrating life, music and food, becoming friends, finding truths, family and love amidst murder.
Tragedy strikes in the form of multiple murders, upsetting Lisa and her family As the bodies pile up and the police comes closer and closer to the truth it seems that reclusive writer Dimitri holds the key to the answer.
The use of language and words are beautiful and you feel like you are right there, on the warm beach, looking at the volcanic islands, tasting the Greek food, melting into the rhythm of island life. Getting a glimpse of Greece of old and modern Greece. The reader is slowly drawn into the tale as facts and people are gently revealed peeling away the surface characters to open us to the hurt and disappointments experienced by ordinary people. Old forgotten happenings reaching out and touching lives, love and new beginnings.
The tension builds as one body after another is discovered and the local Police is left with little to go on. Random happenings come together and the reader starts putting facts together but are kept wondering right up to the end.
An easy, enjoyable read filled with ordinary people twisted around multiple murders.
About the Author
Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and two cats, a rescue cat and a dippy cat with half a tail. She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance, as she can’t bear to get rid of any! They have been attempting to renovate their home for the last ten years.
She is the author of the Greek Island Mystery series, Jenna’s Journey, Sophia’s Secret and Pandora’s Prophecy, each of which can be read as a standalone. She considers Greece to be her spiritual home and visits as often as she can. This series was inspired by her desire to return to Crete although there is a strong pull to revisit the Cyclades too.