“One Last Chance”

“One Last Chance” is part of the “Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mysteries.” The main characters continue from previous books, but it is not necessary to have read the other books to enjoy this one. Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis is head of Greece’s Special Crimes Unit, and his administrative assistant, Maggie Sikestis, is not only the keeper of the many secrets of the Unit but is also an expert at solving puzzles.

This adventure takes readers to an interesting location, the Aegean island of Ikaria where the stark and stony landscape somehow supports lush greenery. Siger introduces readers to the history of the island, its culture, politics, and fiercely independent people. Ikaria is known as the island where people forget to die. Fully one-third of its residents live well into their nineties, and many live past one hundred. These residents have a special camaraderie. However, they are also attractive targets for creative medical researchers, resourceful pharmaceutical salespeople and unscrupulous con artists.

Maggie is deeply saddened when her grandmother, previously in good health, died on Ikaria. She is especially concerned when she discovers that a number of other citizens, previously in good health, had also recently died. Not even this many people died during the pandemic. Most disturbing of all, all of them died alone, at home, in their sleep, and none had an autopsy. What caused the deaths of these innocent people? Is the island inhabited by con artists, opportunists, or terrorists? Are the perpetrators disguised and hiding in plain sight?

 “One Last Chance” is filled with puzzles that must be solved and questions that must be answered.  Do extremists ever reform over almost 50 years or do they just morph into something different? Who is responsible for these deaths? I received a review copy of “One Last Chance” from Jeffrey Siger, Poisoned Pen Press, and Sourcebooks. This book is driven by the characters, and this story is just another reason to spend time with them in an interesting and unusual location.

“One Last Chance” is now available in print or as an e-Book from independent bookstores, online booksellers, retail stores, public libraries, and anywhere you get your books.