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Praise for Esmahan Aykol:
"Kati could be the love child of Miss Marple and NPR's Andrei Codrescu. It doesn't matter who done it. What matters is that Aykol uses the genre to tell us more about the world than we're used to."—Newsday
"An offbeat amateur sleuth with a distinctive narrative voice. Fans of Amanda Cross's Kate Fansler and Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher will find a lot to like."—Publishers Weekly
Kati owns Istanbul's only mystery book store and, as usual, gets involved in a case that is none of her business. Every day, a beautiful woman lunches alone in the restaurant next to the bookstore. When the woman is found dead in her apartment, Kati immediately recognizes the stranger from the restaurant in images in the newspaper photos. Although the police believe it was an accident, Kati suspects something more sinister has happened.
Sani Ankaraligil was an attractive young woman and a politically active ecologist in the middle of a divorce from her wealthy husband. So who would benefit from her death? The industrial companies Sani had accused of polluting the rivers of western Turkey, or her jealous husband seeking revenge through an honor killing, or a Thracian separatist group? The investigation pulls Kati into murkier waters: the marriage may have been a sham, designed to cover up Sani's husband's homosexuality . . . the role of her mother-in-law goes from distasteful to outright criminal.
A small newspaper item reporting the untimely death of Sani Ankaraligil, an environmental activist and the soon-to-be ex-wife of the heir to one of Turkey's heftiest fortunes, is about all it takes to intrigue amateur sleuths Kati Hirschel and her friend and employee, Fofo, in Aykol's chatty third outing for the spunky Istanbul mystery bookshop owner (after 2013's Baksheesh). Kati and Fofo manage to find more than a few people who might have wanted the fetching blond dead, starting with the pollution-generating factory owners who turned her childhood village into a sulfurous toxic wasteland. Add rumors of a couple of lovers to the mix one Sani's now-married college sweetheart, the other a younger pop star and the inquisitive duo are inclined to disagree with the police view of the case as a tragic accident. The twist-filled plot careens through Istanbul as unpredictably as the traffic, the final destination ultimately less important than the scenic journey to get there.