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The Bellini Card (Yashim the Ottoman Detective) [Paperback]

Jason Goodwin
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Amazon Review

Jason Goodwin’s series featuring his Ottoman detective Yashmin has quickly established itself as a readers’ favourite. Of course, having a eunuch investigator at the centre of your narratives is a fairly surefire guarantee that your series will be particularly memorable, but that basic concept has to be shored up by solid, atmospheric writing -- and that is just what Goodwin delivered in The Janissary Tree and The Snake Stone. Those books were crammed full of fast-moving narrative incident (including chases and even heady erotic episodes), not to mention elegant plotting and writing -- elements that are well to the fore once again in the new book, The Bellini Card.

Here, Yashmin travels from sultry Istanbul to the darker place of Venice, employed by the Sultan to track down a lost painting by Bellini. Assisted by his old friend Palewski, the Polish ambassador, Yashmin immerses himself in a world of shady dealers, down-at-heel aristocrats and reckless pleasure seekers.

Needless to say, the stakes are higher than simply finding a missing painting, and people soon begin to die violently. This is richly entertaining writing, delivered with the intelligence and flair that we have come to expect from Jason Goodwin. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'Full of compelling historical detail and excellent cooking tips, this old-school mystery of beautiful aristocrats, loyal courtesans and bumbling bureaucrats is an enjoyable read.'
-- Big Issue

`Yashim is a scholar, fighter, master chef and sex machine. But he's a reluctant eunuch, serving "the Sick Man of Europe", and a pervading sense of loss and decline suffuse these rich romps with melancholy intelligence.' -- Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

Be transported from Istanbul to Venice in this thrilling historical mystery.

About the Author

Jason Goodwin's first Yashim mystery, The Janissary Tree, became an international bestseller when it was published in 2006; it and its sequel, The Snake Stone, have been translated into 37 languages.
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