Charged by the Sultan to find a stolen painting by Bellini, Yashim the detective enlists the help of his friend Palewski, the Polish Ambassador, and goes undercover. Venice in 1840 is a city of empty palazzos and silent canals, and Palewski starts to mingle with Venetian dealers - but when two bodies turn up in the canal, he realises that art in Venice is a deadly business, and it is up to Yashim to attempt to rescue his intrepid friend from forces bigger than they had ever imagined . . .
Jason Goodwin, novelist and historian, writes the best-selling Yashim detective series set in 1830s Istanbul. The first in the series, The Janissary Tree, won the coveted EdgarAllen Poe Award for Best Novel in 2007, and the series has appeared in over 40 languages.
'When you read a historical mystery by Jason Goodwin,' writes Marylin Stasio in The New York Times Book Review, 'you take a magic carpet ride to the most exotic place on earth.'
He has written award-winning books of travel and history, notably Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire. Read it to discover why Time Out called it 'perhaps the most readable history ever written on anything.'
Jason's love-affair with Turkey was kindled in 1990 when he and Kate, his partner, walked 2000 miles across eastern Europe, from Gdansk to Istanbul. The award-winning 'On Foot to the Golden Horn' tells the story of that journey in a year of change, and it's available on Kindle.
Also on Kindle, The Gunpowder Gardens: Travels through India and China in Search of Tea tells the story of Jason's journey across the world of tea, its trade and history.
He lives in Dorset, on the south coast of England, with Kate and their four children.