'Author Aykol is adept not only at creating fascinating characters, but also at bringing a city to life.' Suspense Magazine
In Aykol’s impressive second Kati Hirschel mystery set in Istanbul the heroine once again turns amateur sleuth with aplomb.’ Publishers Weekly
'Baksheesh" is a strongly recommended pick for lovers of international mystery, highly recommended.’ MBR Bookwatch
'Kati sees Turkey and the Turks from the point of view of a sympathetic, affectionate outsider; and through her eyes, so do webecoming more enchanted by the city with every dizzying step. Baksheesh was a pleasure from beginning to end.’ Criminal Element
Enjoy the journey which is recounted in a breezy, humorous and intimate way. BAKSHEESH is an enjoyable book which manages to immerse you in Istanbul, introduce you to some interesting characters and include a murder-mystery all in around 250 pages. Fans of Mehmet Murat Somer should also enjoy this series.” Eurocrime
Where the book really scores, however, is in Aykol’s introduction to modern day Istanbul, a cosmopolitan city that is a magnet for the rural poor and their less than cosmopolitan traditional ways and where Islamists and secular modernists rub up against each other. Fancy making a trip to Turkey, but can’t quite afford the airfare? This could be the next best thing." Shots Magazine
About the Author
Esmahan Aykol: Esmahan Aykol was born in 1970 in Edirne, Turkey. She lives in Istanbul and Berlin. During her law studies she was a journalist for a number of Turkish publications and radio stations. After a stint as a bartender she turned to fiction writing. She has written three Katie Hirschel novels. Hotel Bosphorus is the first and has been published in Turkish, German, French and soon in Italian.
Ruth Whitehouse: Ruth Whitehouse worked as a violinist in Ankara. She pursued her interest in Turkish culture and literature by doing by obtaining a PhD in Turkish Literature at SOAS in London. This is her first translation of a full novel but her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2010 in a series called Young Turks, featuring translations of work by young Turkish writers.