Kati Hirschel, in her thirties, is the proud owner of Istanbul’s only crime bookshop. When the German director of a film starring an old school friend is found murdered in his hotel room Kati cannot resist the temptation to start her own maverick investigation. After all her friend Petra is the police’s principal suspect and reading all those detective novels must have taught Kati something. This is a crime story but also a wonderful book about Istanbul and Turkish society. It uses humour, social commentary and even erotic fantasy to expose Western European prejudices about Turkey as well as Turkish stereotyping of other Europeans.
Esmahan Aykol was born in 1970 in Edirne, Turkey. She lives in Istanbul and Berlin.She has written four Kati Hirschel mystery novels. 'Hotel Bosphorus' and 'Baksheesh' are the first two and have been published in eight languages.
Ruth Whitehouse worked as a violinist and translator in Ankara. She has translated both Esmahan Aykol novels that have appeared in English so far. Her translations of shorter work by young Turkish authors have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Praise for Hotel Bosphorus
'A wonderful novel about Istanbul. The Turkish way of life, prejudices, men, politics, corruption—Esmahan Aykol writes about all these with a light and humorous touch.' Petros Markaris, author of 'Che Committed Suicide' and 'Zone Defence'.
'A crime story as well as a wonderful book about Istanbul and Turkish society, 'Hotel Bosphorus' is told with humour, social insight and sincerity.' Belletrista