Hotel Bosphorus (Kati Hirschel Murder Mystery) Paperback – 14 Apr 2011
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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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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.Read more ›