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Subject: Jason Goodwin's Ottoman Empire Series
Date Posted: 11/23/2009 4:16 PM ET
Member Since: 10/31/2009
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A wonderful series of historical novels, with a distinctive investigator named Yashim, who is a eunuch (and thus can enjoy confidences from both men and women).  Three titles so far, including The Janissary Tree, The Snake Stone, and The Bellini Card.  The first two are set in Istanbul, the third in Venice.  Goodwin is an Ottoman scholar, Oxford educated, who also writes non-fiction historical works.  (The Snake Stone is my personal favorite so far.)

Date Posted: 11/23/2009 4:34 PM ET
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I agree, I really love this series! One of my favorite parts is Yashim's cooking...makes my mouth water just to read about the wonderful stuff he makes!


Subject: Thank you!
Date Posted: 11/24/2009 9:27 AM ET
Member Since: 11/24/2009
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Thanks for bringing this series to my attention! I don't read much fiction but this sounds like just the ticket!

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 11:27 PM ET
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I have just finished The Jannisary Tree and liked it very much.  I think Yashim is a forerunner to Inspector Ikmen in Barbara Nadel's wonderful series set in modern day Istanbul.  Getting ready to read the second in the Yashim series.

BTW, Jason Goodwin was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article this weekend on the wonderful restaurants in Istanbul serving Ottoman food.

Happy holidays.