A good read combining historical fiction and crime, with the central investigation taking place against the backdrop of the Hudson Bay Company’s fur trade in the “Nor West” (Canada) and Franklin’s Fated Expedition to find the North West Passage.
Plus a female-focused cast of main characters and settings ranging from the City of London and the Port of London to Stromness in still-semi-Norse Orkney.
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.
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.