The Turkish Affair

The Turkish Affair

by J. Arlene Culiner

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Priceless artifacts are disappearing from the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu in Turkey, and the site director has vanished. Called in to solve the mystery, archaeologist Renaud Townsend is hindered by both his inability to speak the language and the knowledge that the local police are corrupt. His attraction to translator Anne Pierson is immediate, although he is troubled by her refusal to talk about the past and her fear of public scandal.

But when murder enters the picture, both Anne and Renaud realize that the risk of falling in love is not the only danger

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BN ID: 2940163165728
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: 01/15/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 480,805
File size: 839 KB

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The Turkish Affair 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
buggysmom 27 days ago
The Turkish Affair J. Arlene Culiner Kindle, 235 pages Wild Rose Press, Jan 2020 Contemporary Romance – Cultural Provided by Author ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The cover is attractive and appropriate for the book, however, I think I would have liked to see the heroine pictured on the cover since she is the more dramatic character and the one whose POV is used. *** I just found this second cover for this great story! One I like a lot better and which gives this book a 5-Star rating! Look at this! Ms. Culiner has created a story with such drama and so many twists that it captured my imagination almost immediately. I found the beginning just a bit confusing. Once I got my bearings I was okay with it all. But everyone has secrets and secret agendas, so nothing is straight-forward. I think I must call Ms. Culiner’s writing style in this book ‘slight-of-hand’. Someone was there and then they weren’t. It took forever to figure out where they had gone and why. This one has a lot of twists and turns as well as a hotter-than-the-desert love affair. And the desert is very hot. Ms Culiner makes sure that we know just how hot it is. Her descriptions of the surroundings and the people and the shimmering heat are absolutely marvelous. You can almost taste the teas and coffees and smell the spices used in the cooking. You want to wipe away your own sweat along with the characters in the book. And this book is alive with other things, too. Corruption, jealousy, and murder. Anne and Renaud are stymied in trying to get at the truth by not being able to rely on the police because they were so corrupt. They also had to be very careful of their behavior in public. She lived with a local family and she had to keep her reputation clean or it would reflect on this family and cause problems. Even holding hands in public could blacken her reputation. As a woman in a Muslim society, her behavior was watched very closely by everyone. At the dig site, Anne and Renaud had to be careful because of the other woman there who was jealous of Anne. She had been in love with the missing director and thought that Anne had had a close relationship with him. She wasn’t too happy about Anne’s scooping up the new director. And then they discovered that the former director had been murdered not that far from the dig. The field of suspects suddenly was all around them. And could Anne be eliminated from the list? The police certainly didn’t think so. This is an exciting, twisty romantic mystery that I highly recommend from a favored author. I hope we see more such books from this author.
ReadersFavorite4 6 months ago
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite Leslie-Anne Farrandon, a former journalist, is living comfortably and safely as Anne Pierson, an archeologist in Karakuyu, Turkey. In her attempt to escape a sordid past and find peace in a strange land of rigid social beliefs, Anne finds herself instead enveloped in accusations of the theft of priceless finds as well as the danger of falling in love with the undeniable and dangerous charms of the new site director Renaud Townsend. After her last failed love affair, Anne has sworn off men and avoids romance at all costs. When Mike Benson, the site director Townsend has come to replace and the man with whom Anne is accused of having an affair, is discovered murdered, Anne finds herself paired unexpectedly with the irresistible Renaud in an attempt to prove their innocence in a recent round of thievery. Author J. Arlene Culiner does not disappoint in this fast-paced novel, The Turkish Affair. Glittering descriptions, magical settings, and enviable characters bring the solemn grounds of Turkey to life as we are planted firmly in an archeological dig in Karakuyu, Turkey. Culiner’s mastery of the English language and sentence combinations forms an enchanting read. The Turkish Affair is the perfect distraction for the gloom of a winter evening or spending a sunny day at the beach. As the main character struggles to balance a professional attitude with the pull of her heartstrings, the reality of her situation relays memories of personal experiences or hopes of future love. The Turkish Affair is a must-read for all lovers of romance and adventure.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
The title gives us a good clue to the storyline, so straight away I pictured Turkey, and perhaps an affair? The story begins with an Archaeological dig in Karakuyu, the passage reads “3,000 years ago the Hittites were attacked by Assyrians and took over the land” my thoughts then pictured all the treasures that are possibly lying buried for all those years!! With important artifacts from the site vanishing and the site manger/director Mike Benson also missing, American Renaud Townsend is sent to the site to find out what’s been happening. Could the missing artifacts and Mike vanishing be connected? An intriguing way to start the book, I was certainly drawn in. The mystery continues when translator, Anne Pierson is spotted with Mike in the local town. People assume that the pair must be having an affair. With a first chapter as good as this, it made it hard not to read on. Ms. Culiner had me hooked. The book is an interesting mix of mystery and romance. The plot is written from Anne Pierson’s point of view, and in an informal style that is definitely suited for readers who love these genres. There are good descriptive narratives of the town, archaeological site, and the weather. I could almost feel the heat, visualise the sights and smell the Turkish spices. Lots of work has also gone into making sure the historic facts and archaeological details are spot on. This is an excellent book that was an easy read. The pace was steady and the whole mystery kept me gripped to the unexpected ending. I would certainly recommend this book, and I definitely would read more by this author.
jean-jeannie More than 1 year ago
The Turkish Affair (J Arlene Culiner) -- review After thoroughly enjoying her three previous novels - mature romances, as she calls them ("All about charming Alice", "A swan's sweet song", and "Felicity's power"), I was really looking forward to her next one. And luckily for me, and all her other avid readers, Jill doesn't hang about - she is a compulsive and imaginative writer with a clean, clear and precise style, lively and sensitive, her ideas flow onto the page, and it doesn't take long for her next book to appear. The heroines in her stories always strike a chord in me. Her ladies are real and alive and all very different, but I can put myself in their place and identify with them because of her vibrant and lively dialogue. And of course I always fancy the pants off her heroes. I reckon we have the same taste in men? In The Turkish Affair, we are in an archeological dig in Turkey, and from her descriptions and knowledgeable detail of how a dig team works, and her understanding of how a single woman must behave in a small village environment in Turkey, it is clear the author has used a lot of her own personal experiences here. Buried pasts and questionable reputations, vulnerable hearts and fragile feelings, stubbornness, suspense, fear and intrigue - they are all here. I didn't want to put it down. Roll on the next book. They get better and better! J Livingstone