Yashim is no ordinary detective. It's not that he's particularly brave. Or that he cooks so well, or reads French novels. Not even that his best friend is the Ambassador from Poland, whose country has vanished from the map. Yashim is a eunuch. As ...
the Sultan plans a series of radical reforms to his empire, a concubine is strangled in the palace harem. And a young cadet is found butchered in the streets of Istanbul. Delving deep into the city's crooked alleyways, and deeper still into its tumultuous past, Yashim discovers that some people will go to any lengths to preserve the traditions of the Ottoman Empire. Brilliantly evoking Istanbul in the 1830s, "The Janissary Tree" is a fast-paced literary thriller with a spectacular cast, from mystic orders and lissom archivists to soup-makers and a seductive ambassador's wife. Darker than any of these is the mysterious figure who controls the Sultan's harem.
This is an unusual historical mystery set in Istanbul of the 1830's. Obviously written by a scholar of that time and place, the details of the city, surroundings and atmosphere are vivid and colorful. As I am not steeped in that area of history, the
..." multiple layers of intrigues were difficult to ferret out, but the author does an admirable job of sorting through the details and crystalizing the situations. I was drawn to the central character and his "side-Kick" friend....again, a most unusual duo and not at all the typical sleuth/companion pair! I really enjoyed the details of the life both inside and outside of the palace; the baths and market places were particularly delightful scenes. The central myteries were well intertwined and the descriptions of the demise of the victims most vivid. I'm sure the author drew details from his extensive knowledge of the time, but, to put it mildly, these were not the usual shoot-em, cut-em murders! Now that I know the style of writing and story telling, I'll continue with the next books in the series. Continua...Nascondi
A nice historical fiction/mystery about the Ottoman Empire in the 1830's. The pacing was relatively fast without skipping richness of description. The overall story worked very well, espeically for a first novel. I look forward to seeing how the
..." main character, a eunuch named Yashim, develops over the course of the series.Continua...Nascondi