A Knife to the Heart – Barbara Nadel

A Knife to the Heart - Barbara Nadel
A Knife to the Heart – Barbara Nadel

A fast read; always the sign of a good read for me.

We are back in Istanbul, and it’s 2018/2019. Ikmen’s retired, Fatma’s died and their adult children are worried about the djinn in the kitchen.

Elsewhere in Istanbul, a cut throat property developer buys an old mansion where in 1976 a young woman committed suicide by stabbing herself in the heart. Or did she?

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Incorruptible – Barbara Nadel

Incorruptible - Barbara Nadel
Incorruptible – Barbara Nadel

Completely unexpected twist towards the end of this novel. A complete side-swipe. And a cliffhanger ending.

Neither of which have anything to do with the central plot, where Istanbulli Inspectors Ikmen and Suleyman investigate the murder of the young woman from a mixed Catholic-Muslim family, whose apparent cure from leukaemia at an Armenian Church famed for its annual healing ceremony had stirred up strong reactions across Istanbul’s complex religious spectrum.

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The House of Four – Barbara Nadel

The House of Four - Barbara Nadel
The House of Four – Barbara Nadel

Back to Istanbul for more investigations in the company of Inspectors Ikmen and Süleyman and their police colleagues.

Always a great read – this one kept me turning the pages until almost midnight – and Barbara Nadel also shows you the social, religious and political tensions at play in modern Turkey. In The House of Four we get some late Ottoman history too.

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Deadly Web – Barbara Nadel

Deadly Web - Barbara Nadel
Deadly Web – Barbara Nadel

Picked up in Frinton, Deadly Web reflects two of the key historical developments of the early years of the 21st century – the widespread availability of internet and the web, and the build up to the Iraq War – all the more interesting given the Istanbuli perspective.

The third theme is ceremonial magic and the line of witches and others with the sight in police Inspector Çetin İkmen’s own family.

Inspector Mehmet Suleyman’s personal life is a mess – his second wife has left him after he had to take an AIDS test having slept with a prostitute. And then he meets gypsy Gonca….

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