The Sultan's Seal (Kamil Pasha Series #1)

The Sultan's Seal (Kamil Pasha Series #1)

by Jenny White
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The Sultan's Seal (Kamil Pasha Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
mmmcVA More than 1 year ago
Intriguing, entertaining and all together a wonderful book.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
Interesting read. She's a local author for me--Boston University professor of anthropology. Enough sex of all kinds in there...reminded me of the kind of thing that thrilled me as a young maiden just glimpsing the possibilities. I do like her central character--a Turkish magistrate of strong character. I imagine swarthy skin and white flowing robes...and perhaps a blood-red fez...this is a murder mystery after all. The female character of Turkish descent is also interesting (and is the one getting all the sex, amazingly), but not so much the pudgy British woman who giggles inappropriately and blithely prattles on about murder clues to ones who have to then try to silence her--permanently. The thread was nearly lost about halfway through, but the author pulls it off in the end. Would like to have a look at the new one the author has out now--she could definitely have made a series with that swarthy magistrate. I really liked him...
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1886 as the Ottoman Empire shows signs of old age lethargy, the upper elite of society is a hodgepodge of British expatriates mingling with Turks. However, most natives of Istanbul are concerned with what is perceived the outrageous avante garde behavior of Englishwomen.------- Thus the Turks are not stunned to learn of the drowning death of and Englishwoman, imperial harem governess Mary Dixon, whose drugged body was found in the Bosphorus. Though she was considered reticent and no social butterfly however, her home country expatriates are shocked as they felt they were superior to the masses and thus quite safe. . Magistrate Kamil Pasha leads the official investigation assisted by Jewish surgeon, Michel Sevy. Upon seeing the corpse, Michel says the victim was too healthy to have been an opium user this she was murdered by drug poisoning. However, neither have access to the pillars of society especially females where the case leads. Thus the Magistrate enlists Sybil Hanoun, daughter of the British ambassador, to join his team. They soon find an apparent sexual link between the deceased and Jaanan, raped by the man chosen by her father as her husband and propositioned by the dead Mary.----- THE SULTAN¿S SEAL is a terrific late nineteenth century police procedural that shines a deep light on Turkey at an interesting moment when the Ottoman Empire is starting to collapse. Though too many suspenseful sidebars causing some difficulty following the inquiries, the who-done-it is deftly developed so that the audience understands the societal pecking order, however takes a back seat to the rich historical tidbits. Fans who enjoy a lot of history in their mystery will want to read J.B. White¿s fine tale.---- Harriet Klausner
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Enjoyed the lead character and the plot.