eBook-Tipp: Inspector Ikmen – Krimis von Barbara Nadel

Barbara Nadel ist eine britische Autorin, die einerseits Krimis im Londoner East End schreibt, wo sie lebt, aber andererseits auch Krimis mit türkischem Handlungsort, denn sie hält sich oft und gerne in der Türkei auf.

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Deep Waters

Krimi von Barbara Nadel

A man’s body, virtually decapitated, is found by the Bosphorus. His identity card names him as Rifat Berisha, an Albanian. The family is impenetrable but when Inspector Cetin Ikmen, whose mother was Albanian, consults his cousin, Samsun, he’s left in little doubt that Berisha’s death is likely to be the result of a fis, an implacable blood feud between rival Albanian families. Which means the blood already shed will have to be avenged. And if the Berishas or their enemies discover Ikmen is from a noted Albanian clan, some of the spilt blood might be his…

Band 4 der Serie. “Another brilliant dig into the underbelly of Istanbul life. More people should know about this excellent author.“ (Leserin) (12 Rezensionen / 4,6 Sterne), 452 Seiten noch günstig?

Petrified

Krimi von Barbara Nadel

Summer in Istanbul is hot. The kind of heat that can drive even the sanest people a little crazy… An elderly woman is found dead in a flat with the perfectly preserved body of a young man. In an ancient part of the Jewish quarter, two children are missing. Their father, an artist whose genius borders on insanity, only seems more driven in his work. And a raid on a Russian gangster yields nothing except the dead body of a girl he claims is his daughter. Could the connection to all cases lie in a macabre forgotten art?

Band 6 der Serie. “The author captures the religious [Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Yezidi] and nationalistic diversity of Turkey as well as its geographic location – part of the background involves the run-up to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.“ (Leser) (11 Rezensionen / 4,3 Sterne), 356 Seiten noch günstig?

Dance with Death

Krimi von Barbara Nadel

A body is discovered in a cave in the remote region of Cappadocia, Turkey. The woman died of gunshot wounds, and her corpse has lain undisturbed for twenty years. Inspector Cetin Ikmen is summoned from Istanbul to investigate and discovers a complex web of intrigue. Was she killed by her boyfriend, driven mad by love, or her husband, believing she would never bear the son he wanted so badly? When it is revealed the girl was pregnant when she died, the whispers and accusations increase.

Band 8 der Serie. “Dance with Death was absolutely the right book for us! The book not only tells a great story, there is a list of characters–very important because there are more than one plot–one in Istanbul and one in Cappadocia, both places we were visiting. There is also a short glossary of Turkish words.“ (Leser) (90 Rezensionen / 4,0 Sterne), 388 Seiten noch günstig?

A Passion for Killing

Krimi von Barbara Nadel

A serial killer is stalking the streets of Istanbul, seemingly targeting gay men. A man is found dead in a hotel room, a single stab wound in his heart. Could he be a victim of the ‚Peeper‘? Inspector Mehmet Suleyman is assigned to the case, and is shocked to discover that the victim’s body has been delivered to forensics entirely ‚clean‘. Has someone tampered with vital evidence? Meanwhile a young carpet dealer, on the brink of a huge sale, is discovered in the mangled remains of his Jeep, a bullet between his shoulder blades. The deal would have made him – the carpet he wanted to sell used to belong to Lawrence of Arabia.

Band 8 der Serie. „This is a gripping book, with a free travel and culture guide thrown in!“ (Leser) (7 Rezensionen / 3,6 Sterne), 356 Seiten noch günstig?

Pretty Dead Things

Krimi von Barbara Nadel

When Emine Aksu, the flamboyant wife of an Istanbul style guru, suddenly goes missing, Inspector Cetin Ikmen’s investigation leads him deep into her strange and colourful past. Emine was a hippie when she was younger, who wholeheartedly enjoyed the liberated lifestyle that swept across Istanbul in the sixties. Her husband suspects that she was visiting an old friend at the time of her disappearance. Meanwhile, Inspector Mehmet Suleyman is called to a terrifying scene at the art deco Kamondo Stairs in the old banking district of Karakoy. The skeleton of a woman has been discovered in one of the large plant containers. Could these two bizarre incidents be linked?

Band 10 der Serie. „Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world. Therefore, finding an author that uses the city (its neighborhoods, its ethnic minorities) as characters in her books was amazing. I became addict to Inspector Ikmen and his (always) peripatetical investigations. Is a way of revisiting Istanbul and its cosmopolitan atmosphere while I get to know better its different tribes, urban districts and traditions.“ (Leser) (9 Rezensionen / 4,7 Sterne), 388 Seiten noch günstig?

Dead of Night

Krimi von Barbara Nadel

Inspectors Cetin Ikmen and Mehmet Suleyman from Istanbul are sent to a policing conference in Detroit, but little can prepare them for the corruption that lies at its heart. When Ezekial Goins, an elderly man of Turkish descent approaches them to crack the long-unsolved murder of his son, a quiet trip takes a far more sinister turn. As they delve deeper into the case, the pair find themselves immersed in a terrifying world of inter-gang drug war and racial prejudice that puts them in mortal danger, and forces Ikmen to confront some demons of his own…

Band 14 der Serie. „This is the first Barbara Nadel book I’ve read but I didn’t once feel lost, largely because she peppers the narrative with enough information about the characters‘ backgrounds and dynamics to draw new readers in – and make you want to attack her back catalogue.“ (Leserin) (18 Rezensionen / 3,7 Sterne), 320 Seiten noch günstig?

The House of Four

Krimi von Barbara Nadel

Everyone in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Moda knows the Devil’s House. A crumbling Ottoman mansion, and once the home of a princess, it is a place associated with ill fortune. The princess’s four children, now in old age, still live in separate apartments on different floors and are rumoured never to speak to each other. Then one of them is found dead, stabbed through the heart, and it is discovered that the other three siblings have met an identical fate. There is no sign of forced entry or burglary, and all evidence must be gained from letters and diaries, but as Inspector Ikmen digs into their past it becomes clear they have been harbouring a secret…

Band 19 der Serie. „The latest novel by Barbara Nadel doesn’t disappoint. The plot is masterful with many twists and two parallel stories that come together towards the end. The writer’s profound understanding of the Turkish psyche and mentality is uncanny and never fails to impress me.“ (Leserin) (12 Rezensionen / 4,8 Sterne), 320 Seiten noch günstig?

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