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Product details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: BITTER LEMON PRESS (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904738680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904738688
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 588,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderful novel about Istanbul. The Turkish way of life, prejudices, men, politics, corruption-Esmahan Aykol writes about all these with a light and humorous touch.A" Petros Markaris, author of Che Committed Suicide and Zone Defence. Bubbling with hedonism, enthusiasm, love of life and books, this should be mandatory reading for those holidaying in Turkey, visitors to Istanbul and lovers of crime novels.A" Hamburger Abendblatt

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 mystery novels. Hotel Bosphorus is the first and has been published in eight languages. This is the first time her work is available in English.


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As if in response to Jakob Arjouni's old Kemal Kayankaya series featuring a German-born Turkish private detective in Germany, this first in a projected trilogy features a Turkish-born German amateur detective in Turkey. Unfortunately, unlike that series, this Istanbul-set debut (which was originally published in 2001) relies far too heavily on its setting at the expense of telling an good story. The protagonist, Kati Hirschel is a 30-something German Jew who spent her early childhood in the city before her family moved to Germany. After finishing college, she returned to Istanbul and settled down as an bookseller specializing in crime fiction. One day, her old college friend Petra arrives in the city to shoot a film, only to become a suspect in the murder of the film's director. Naturally, crime fiction buff Kati can't resist embarking on a little amateur sleuthing on behalf of her friend.

Her investigations take her all across the city, allowing for plenty of travel-guide insights into neighborhoods, traffic, food, etc. At the same time, she has a flirtatious thing going on with the handsome lead detective on the case. Fortunately, this is handled with greater subtlety and ambiguity than the average crime novel romance. She also comes into contact with one of the city's crime families, one of whom is involved in the film's production. Unfortunately, the mystery elements of the story are really clumsy. These begin with Petra's awkwardly inserted backstory, which is so melodramatic and unrelated to all that's come before it, that the reader can't help but know that it'll come back as a plot point later on.
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A charming, funny crime story set in Istanbul. Obviously written by an insider, full of detail about life in that cosmopolitan yet frustrating city. A world of macho policemen and gangsters, gossipy tea vendors, described lovingly but also with a light sense eroticism seen from a woman's viewpoint.
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She is the second writer I read from Turkey after Mehmet Murat Somer whose highly entertaining Hop-Chiki-Yaya series gave me a go for this new writer. But I was quite wrong; the characters in Aykol's book is far from convincing, the aura of the book is plastic and the language is so flat I can't believe somebody got paid for the translation and somebody published it! Waste of time to me, really.
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A book I was happy to finish and by the end didn't care what had happened to whom. There was a good story and characters in there somewhere, but the writing was just so bad. It wasn't a page turner, there was no suspense, the plot was unbelieveable. It would have benefitted from being another 50 pages longer and a complete rewrite. A real pity.
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If you are into crime novels do not bother to read this boredom. I was so bored that I would have killed myself and then this would be a better crime to write about. Who 's this German girl supposedly live 'n Istanbul and does not have any clue about the city nor the life there. Try Elif Shafak or Orhan Pamuk (my name is red) or Latife Tekin 'f you want to read a true good book from Turkey and my name is red is a very very good cr'me novel as well.
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