Bitter Lemon Press, Paperback, 9781908524041, 253pp.
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Kati Hirschel, the owner of Istanbul's only mystery bookstore, is fed up. It all started when her lover Selim insisted that she behave like the Turkish wife of a respectable lawyer. Looking demure and making witty small talk were the only requirements. Then her landlord announced an outrageous rent increase on her Istanbul apartment.
She has no desire to move in with Selim. She'd rather learn the art of bribing government officials in order to find a new place. Kati is offered a large apartment with a view over the Bosphorus at a bargain price. Too good to be true until a man is found murdered there and she becomes the police's prime suspect. In her second novel Esmahan Aykol takes us to the alleys and boulevards of cosmopolitan Istanbul, to posh villas and seedy basement flats, to the property agents and lawyers, to Islamist leaders and city officialsin fact everywhere that baksheesh helps move things along.
Praise for the first Kati Hirschel Istanbul mystery:
"The heroine is an offbeat amateur sleuth with a distinctive narrative voice. Fans of such female detectives as Amanda Cross's Kate Fansler and Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher will find a lot to like.""Publishers Weekly"
About the Author
Ruth D. Whitehouse is Professor of Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. She has researched for many years on Italian and West Mediterranean prehistory, concentrating on social archaeology in general and more specifically