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Product Details

  • Series: A Kati Hirschel Istanbul Mystery
  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908524049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908524041
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,460,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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 we—becoming 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.


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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 Kati Hirschel novels. Hotel Bosphorus is the first and Baksheesh the second. They have been published in Turkish, German, French and Italian.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clay Stafford on March 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
Bribery can get you many things. Including an apartment where a dead body turns up and you become the main suspect. Such is the case with Esmahan Aykol's second book in her Kati Hirschel series, translated beautifully by Ruth Whitehouse. I love the charm of the main character. She's of German descent, though born in Turkey. She owns a small mystery bookstore, reminding me of one of our Killer Nashville sponsoring bookstores, Mysteries & More. I am drawn to the subtlety of the storytelling. It doesn't hurry as an American genre novel would. It's like a slow flowing brook. It eventually gets there in its own good and purposeful time, to be enjoyed along the way, not rushed, maybe like a fine Turkish tea in the afternoon. It's a mystery, but you have to get rather far into it (by American standards) before the body shows up. You know, sometimes we need something different, maybe a journey abroad. If you're not thinking of reading it now, go ahead and buy it while it is still available in the States. These foreign titles, my experience, don't stay around as long as we would like. And then on that day in the future when you are feeling a need to get away, it will be there, to the right, on the third shelf waiting, and in no time you'll be strolling the streets of Istanbul, finding yourself maybe in a quaint little mystery bookshop. No finer place could one be on a rainy afternoon.
- Clay Stafford, author and founder of Killer Nashville
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By divablos on May 30, 2014
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I recently went on a trip to Turkey and reading this bok helped me to prepare for the trip. While in a Turkey I was able to understand a little of the culture.
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A fair detective story with descriptions of Istanbul society. I found it difficult to sort out the characters because of my lack of skill with Turkish language.
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