Inspector Ikmen #20
In the backstreets of Istanbul, a young woman’s body is found. Dumped in a dustbin and covered in cut flowers, she is the victim of a frenzied and vicious stabbing.
Inspector Ikmen discovers that the woman was well known in Istanbul. Newspapers had been calling her the blessed woman; cured of cancer in a Christian miracle and a proclaimed messenger of the Virgin Mary. These controversial claims had made her fierce enemies in the predominantly Islamic community and she had unwittingly stirred up divisions amongst the Christians of the city. But as Ikmen digs further into the case he uncovers powerful hatred and dark secrets lurking within her family. And to find the truth he must delve into a toxic world of fear, concealment and lies. The question is: was this a killing in the name of faith or does the answer lie somewhere else?
Although this is already the 20th story in a series, it’s my first book.
In the beginning I was a bit afraid not being able to pick it up, but I had no problem at all. It can easily be read as a stand alone.
I have often been taken on virtual trips by authors to different parts of the world, but it was my first story taking place in Turkey. I had no idea that this country was such a hodgepodge of different religions.
Religion can offer soulace but it can certainly cause a lot of trouble as well.
This book has a lot of characters and the names are not always the easiest, but the author offers her readers a solution to that. In the front there is a list with the names and a bit of info about the persons. It can be very helpful 🙂 Of course when you read the paper version you can always go and take a peek. It’s a bit more difficult when you have the ebook, but maybe you can do like I did? I took a picture of the list and when I needed it, I could easily consult it on my phone. I hope my tip can help you too. 🙂
This is a story about relationships between friends and between family members, about lies, deceit and faithfulness and the author adds a bit of history to the mix as well. 4 stars.
Thank you, Barbara Nadel and Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo
About the author
Barbara Nadel is an English crime-writer. Many of her books are set in Turkey. Born in the East End of London, Barbara Nadel trained as an actress before becoming a writer. Now writing full-time, she has previously worked as a public relations officer for the National Schizophrenia Fellowship’s Good Companion Service and as a mental health advocate for the mentally disordered in a psychiatric hospital. She has also worked with sexually abused teenagers and taught psychology in schools and colleges, and is currently the patron of a charity that cares for those in emotional and mental distress. She has been a regular visitor to Turkey for more than twenty-five years.
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