- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: BITTER LEMON PRESS (7 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908524049
- ISBN-13: 978-1908524041
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,163,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Baksheesh (Kati Hirschel Murder Mysteries) Paperback – 7 Mar 2013
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'Author Aykol is adept not only at creating fascinating characters, but also at bringing a city to life.' Suspense Magazine
In Aykol s impressive second Kati Hirschel mystery set in Istanbul the heroine once again turns amateur sleuth with aplomb. Publishers Weekly
'Baksheesh" is a strongly recommended pick for lovers of international mystery, highly recommended. MBR Bookwatch
'Kati sees Turkey and the Turks from the point of view of a sympathetic, affectionate outsider; and through her eyes, so do webecoming more enchanted by the city with every dizzying step. Baksheesh was a pleasure from beginning to end. Criminal Element
Enjoy the journey which is recounted in a breezy, humorous and intimate way. BAKSHEESH is an enjoyable book which manages to immerse you in Istanbul, introduce you to some interesting characters and include a murder-mystery all in around 250 pages. Fans of Mehmet Murat Somer should also enjoy this series. Eurocrime
Where the book really scores, however, is in Aykol s introduction to modern day Istanbul, a cosmopolitan city that is a magnet for the rural poor and their less than cosmopolitan traditional ways and where Islamists and secular modernists rub up against each other. Fancy making a trip to Turkey, but can t quite afford the airfare? This could be the next best thing." Shots Magazine"
About the Author
Esmahan Aykol was born in 1970 in Edirne, Turkey. She lives in Istanbul and Berlin. During her law studies she was a journalist for a number of Turkish publications and radio stations. After a stint as a bartender she turned to fiction writing. She has written three Kati Hirschel novels. Hotel Bosphorus is the first and Baksheesh the second. They have been published in Turkish, German, French and Italian.
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I suspect this book may have been written with German, and especially Turkish-German second generation immigrants in mind, so Aykol's frequent references to Turkish men and Istanbul politics are more like a nod to her readership than something intended to inform us. The translator herself seems to have purposely adopted a certain style which takes a little getting used to; I have to admit I started into the story thinking I wouldn't finish but got drawn into it.
Strangely, the whole plotline seems to focus on endless comings and going between restaurants and cafes with the action taking place in residential properties that are never described in the way you might expect (a big part of the reason I don't think this was written with the EU tourism statistics in mind). I guess most of us would expect more lavish descriptions of souks and markets rather than recent trends in anatolian immigration and traffic updates.
Ultimately, the whole thing is kind of a cross between VI Warschawski and Montalbano that doesn't entirely hit the spot. I will say that Kati is a refreshing voice whose life seems slightly more believable than the stock feisty-girl-with-an-advertising-agenda and I wouldn't rule out reading more from Aykol.
It's all so unbelievably silly. I feel sorry for the person who had to translate this book. It's a wonder she resisted the temptation to rewrite the whole shoddy mess.
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