The Winter Thief, by Jenny White
her third novel in the Kamil Pasha
series, Jenny White discovers communes,
Armenian terrorists, bomb plots, and
plenty of excitement. More...
Novelist (and social anthropologist)
Jenny White takes
her readers far beyond—and beneath!—the
usual locales of Istanbul,
to the intriguing city of late Ottoman times,
and even the
of the 15th century, in this cracking
good mystery, the second in the Kamil
Pasha series. More...
The Sultan's Seal,
An English governess in
the sultan's harem is murdered, much
like another English governess had
been murdered years before. The usual Ottoman intrigue,
or a symbol of the fall of empire? In Jenny White's
first novel, it's Kamil Pasha's job
to find out, probing the depths of
a city, and an empire, mysterious
and decadent. More...
On Freedom Street, by
One of ten children, Mehmet grows
up in modest circumstances, then
leaves the comfort of home to discover
the big city of Adana, its women,
himself, and honor, love and loyalty.
for Gold, by Mary
Reed & Eric Mayer
A mystery novel set in
it's the story of John
the Eunuch, Lord Chamberlain
Accused of murder, he is sent to Egypt
to investigate a bizarre train
of death while the intrigue over
his own activities roils Constantinople. More...
Snow, by Orhan Pamuk
This novel by the winner of the Nobel
Prize for Literature 2006 takes place in Kars,
an elemental town in a harsh climate perfect for
the clash of expatriate Turks and Kurdish rebel,
political Islamists, poverty-stricken locals and
leftist thespians. It's a complicated, thrilling,
The New Life, by
Pamuk's post-modernist story takes you through the
personal and romantic angst of a Turkish student
in Istanbul and on long, mind-bending bus rides.
Time and space warp and bend, and nothing is as it
My Name is Red, by
One of Europe's most prominent novelists, Pamuk
won the Nobel Prize
for Literature 2006. This
novel is a murder mystery and love story set in the
of Istanbul in
Memed, My Hawk, by
Turkey's grand old man of fiction, sometimes compared
to Kazantzakis, beautifully evokes the mythic Turkish
past and combines it with modern Anatolian life in
this classic novel—the most famous novel by
a Turk until the appearance of Orhan Pamuk.
Murder on the Orient Express,
by Agatha Christie
Everyone thinks this is a book about Turkey because
the Orient Express went
from Paris to Constantinople, but in fact it has
almost nothing to do with the country or the people.
However, it's still a wonderful read, especially
on the plane!