The Sultan's Seal - Kamil Pasha, Bk 1 Author:Jenny White A stunningly lyrical debut novel about faith and desire, set within a gripping tale of murder in nineteenth-century Istanbul. — Rich in sensuous detail, this first novel brilliantly captures the political and social upheavals of the waning Ottoman Empire. The naked body of a young Englishwoman washes up in Istanbul wearing a pendant inscribed wit... more »h the seal of the deposed sultan. The death resembles the murder by strangulation of another English governess, a crime that was never solved. Kamil Pasha, a magistrate in the new secular courts, sets out to find the killer, but his dispassionate belief in science and modernity is shaken by betrayal and widening danger. In a lush, mystical voice, a young Muslim woman, Jaanan, recounts her own relationships with one of the dead women and her suspected killer. Were these political murders involving the palace or crimes of personal passion? An absorbing tale that transports the reader to nineteenth-century Turkey, this novel is also a lyrical meditation on the contradictory desires of the human soul.« less
I certainly learned more about the Ottoman Empire than I knew before but mysteries are always a "mystery" for me when all is said and done. I found this book a bit confusing but that is why I seldom read murder mysteries - I'm just not good at keeping all the characters straight, this book included. Others may find it less confusing.