The Ottoman Empire, Istanbul -- 1839: The Admiral of the Ottoman Fleet has defected! A man fiercely loyal to the Sultan- how could this be? Investigator Yashim knows Admiral Fevzi Ahmet well: ruthless and brutal in his fervor, but unshakable in his loyalty. It was Fevzi himself who mentored Yashim and taught him his craft. How could such a one betray the Empire? Looks like this investigation will be dangerous... and most dangerous because it leads directly into the Sultan's harem!
Sounds like a captivating series, set in a time I really know nothing about.. but possibly with some interesting insights into the culture that evolved into today's Middle East. Jason Goodwin got a lot of attention for his first in this series- The Janissary Tree (finalist for both the Historical Dagger Award and the Macavity Award for Best Novel... not to mention winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel.). Then came The Snake Stone (and more recognition), The Bellini Card and now An Evil Eye. What an imagination!
Learning history can be fun... and seeing new worlds through other eyes is just a blast. This series would be great at the beach, up at the cabin- or simply under the tree in my front yard, watching birds at the feeder... instant vacation! Gotta brew some iced tea!