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  • 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)

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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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Finished this litte paperback this afternoon on a sunny park bench. Came my way quite by accident so I didn't come to it after Hotel Bosphorous. I have to agree that a certain amount has probably been lost in translation here in more ways than one. Firstly, readers who aren't German (or haven't lived there) may get rather irritated by the repetitive references to Kati's teutonic traits. Given that she's a german jew though, the fact she's hoping to move to the former Jewish quarter gets short schrift and seems so irrelevant I'm not sure why it's mentioned.

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.
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I dipped into this book desperately wanting it to be a good read. I know the area of Istanbul well that the narrator (forty something Kati)inhabits. Once the author had set the scene, I soon lost interest in the story line. The writing is very juvenile, suggesting that the comedic nuances of the Turkish original have been perhaps lost in translation. All the characters are very unconvincing. Kati comes across as a fifteen year old school girl, boasting of her funny coloured hair and senseless arguments with Selim, a live-out boyfriend she doesn't bother introducing the reader to. (Probably because the author assumes that the reader has read the first book, Hotel Bosphorus, and has already 'met' Selim.)
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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1.0 out of 5 stars The protagonist sounds like a pre-middle aged neurotic - with orange hair 16 Jan. 2016
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The protagonist sounds like a pre-middle aged neurotic - with orange hair. I bought it to get some insight into Turkishness. So maybe it didn't translate well. I skimmed the last third of the book to make sure I hadn't missed something. If this "story" is indicative of Turkish society, I don't ever want to go there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mystery import from Turkey and one you do not want to miss 5 Mar. 2013
By Clay Stafford - Published on
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Bribery can get you many things. Including an apartment where a dead body turns up and you become the main suspect. Such is the case with Esmahan Aykol's second book in her Kati Hirschel series, translated beautifully by Ruth Whitehouse. I love the charm of the main character. She's of German descent, though born in Turkey. She owns a small mystery bookstore, reminding me of one of our Killer Nashville sponsoring bookstores, Mysteries & More. I am drawn to the subtlety of the storytelling. It doesn't hurry as an American genre novel would. It's like a slow flowing brook. It eventually gets there in its own good and purposeful time, to be enjoyed along the way, not rushed, maybe like a fine Turkish tea in the afternoon. It's a mystery, but you have to get rather far into it (by American standards) before the body shows up. You know, sometimes we need something different, maybe a journey abroad. If you're not thinking of reading it now, go ahead and buy it while it is still available in the States. These foreign titles, my experience, don't stay around as long as we would like. And then on that day in the future when you are feeling a need to get away, it will be there, to the right, on the third shelf waiting, and in no time you'll be strolling the streets of Istanbul, finding yourself maybe in a quaint little mystery bookshop. No finer place could one be on a rainy afternoon.
- Clay Stafford, author and founder of Killer Nashville
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some description of Istanbul 19 April 2014
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A fair detective story with descriptions of Istanbul society. I found it difficult to sort out the characters because of my lack of skill with Turkish language.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great travel read! 31 May 2014
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I recently went on a trip to Turkey and reading this bok helped me to prepare for the trip. While in a Turkey I was able to understand a little of the culture.
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