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?
1) which character would you like to be in this book?
As ever I’d like to be Cetin Ikmen. I always want to be him in all the Ikmen books because he does and says the things I’d like to, but can’t.
2) Do you always take a book/ereader wherever you go?
Yes. A book, always.
3) Say someone asks whether they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be a good one or a bad one?
Oh, bad every time. Much more fun.
4) Do you prefer to read/write stand alones or series?
I like them both. I like reading both and I’d like to write a standalone sometime soon myself.
5) Where can I find you if you are reading?
At home, on the sofa with the cats in tow. Out and about almost anywhere.
6) Where can I find you when you’re not writing/reading?
Wandering around London, up in Lancashire visiting my family, down by our local river, anywhere with a cat.
7) Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
8) what are you most proud of?
Apart from my son and my grandson probably my first book ‘Belshazzar’s Daughter’. People from families like mine don’t write books. That was when I proved to everyone that working class kids like me can do stuff.
9) What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
I wrote that?
10) what piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t give up. Never, ever give up.
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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