Posts tagged with "Mystery"
If you're thinking, "Oh, no, not another Scandinavian mystery!" you are probably right. But Anne Holt is not just any Scandinavian mystery writer. She is none other than Norway's best selling female crime writer. And 1222 is not just another Scandinavian mystery. It has been compared to Agatha Christie's "locked room" mysteries. 1222 is the first of Holt's popular series to be translated into English, but is the 8th book in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series. The first book in the series, Blind Goddess, is scheduled to be released in the U.S. in June 2012. So watch for it to find out what makes Hanne tick. Maybe this series will satisfy your Stieg Larsson cravings.
Nadel is very good at showing the diversity of Istanbul. There are liberal and conservative Muslims, Gypsies, Christians and Jews who have lived side by side for hundreds of years. In addition, the class wars of the Sultan years still resound loudly, the clash of old famly and money versus new. For the most part, this is a police procedural that takes you to all parts of Istanbul, from bars to water-pipe shops. But how all of these different religious and ethnic groups converge is what the reader will enjoy. That and the enjoyment of watching and listening to Inspector Ikmen work to solve the mystery. Inspector Ikmen is calm and patient and tolerant of anyone who obeys the law. He has good instincts about people.
You do not have to have read any of the books in the series to appreciate this title. Whether its a good mystery that interests you or just a chance to fall into a different and changing world, A Noble Killing is a good way to spend an evening.