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Tuesday 11 May 2010

The Sultan's Seal

My latest reading has been The Sultan's Seal by Jenny White. This is a work of crime fiction based in Istanbul in 1886.

The 'dectective' is a new style Ottoman Magistrate called Kemil Pasha. The 1880's was a period of transition in the Empire with Western ideas being introduced and some political turmoil. The plot revolves around the murder of two western women and it involves the royal family.

I am not a huge fan of crime fiction and this one is particularly drawn out and in places downright confusing with flashbacks that might be apparent to the author, but the reader is left floundering. On the plus side it is a good period piece and you really feel you are in Istanbul of the period.

On balance a nice piece of history, but not a great read.

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