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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2009
"The Kiss Murder" is the second of Mehmet Murad Somer's Hop-Çiki-Ya-Ya series of crime novels to be published in the UK. However, this book actually precedes the excellent "Prophet Murders" in the series' chronology.

Our heroine - an unnamed transvestite club-owner, Audrey Hepburn fan and aikido expert - gets in over her head when her friend Buse confides in her about a previous relationship. Who was this important lover? Who wants the photographic evidence of this liaison badly enough to kill? To find the answers, our heroine must deal with underworld types and shady politicians, not to mention importunate taxi drivers, nosy neighbours, exploitative journalists and the machinations of the glamorous older drag-queen Sofya.

"The Kiss Murder" is an enjoyable, well-written book. The reader will recognize many of the features developed in "The Prophet Murders". The heroine is intelligent, resourceful and talented. The world of transvestite "girls" she moves in is flamboyant and memorable. The Istanbul setting adds flair to the mix and the mystery is satisfyingly murky.

Anyone who has already enjoyed "The Prophet Murders" will make a beeline for "The Kiss Murder". For those who haven't yet had the pleasure, a treat is in store for you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2009
Turkish thriller writer Mehmet Murat Somer followed his intriguing debut novel "The Prophet Murders" with this second entry into his quirkily titled Hop-Ciki-Yaya thriller series featuring an unnamed catsuit clad amateur detective bent in protecting Istanbul's gay subculture from external attack.

The high-kicking Turkish transvestite club manager is drawn into a complex web of deceit following the murder of titular tranny Buse (the Turkish word for kiss) who had previously claimed to have compromising photographs and letters of a now celebrated individual.

As with it's predecessor the mystery element of this thriller isn't really up to much and even now the memory of who-actually-dunit has begun to fade but what remains is a fascinating insight into the Turkish fear of the deep state and a far better intro to the hidden underbelly of Istanbul.

The author actually wrote this volume prior to its predecessor but, lacking the highly marketable prophet motive hook, it was unceremoniously relegated to second in publication which is actually to the detriment of the series it so ably introduces and the quirky characters at its heart.

Like the proverb goes, pricks or prying...
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