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Death and deceit in Venice,
This review is from: The Bellini Card (Yashim the Ottoman Detective) (Hardcover)
This is another (the third in a row!) delightful novel featuring Yashim the eunuch. Sultan Abdülmecid has succeeded his father Mahmut on the throne of the Ottoman empire, and when he hears rumours of a portrait of his illustrious forefather Mehmet 'the Conqueror' by the famous painter Bellini, he charges Yashim to recover it. But the sultan's advisor Resid Pasha makes it clear to Yashim that he'd prefer the matter to be let alone. Caught between a rock and a hard place, Yashim convinces his friend Count Palewski to travel to Venice.
Utterly charming but somewhat naive, Palewski soon finds himself caught in a web of lies and deceptions in Venice. Within days of his arrival in town, two art dealers are found murdered, and Palewski might be the next on the list...
Although the setting of this novel is not Istanbul as in 'The Janissary Tree' and 'The Snake Stone', Goodwin seems to know Venice as well as Istanbul (he certainly succeeds in capturing the atmosphere of Venice in the 1840s as a town in rapid decline), and the characters in the novel are without exception charmingly brought to life. The plot too is delightful (webs within webs). All in all, another joy to read!