It was supposed to be a German-Turkish co-production. But filming comes to a halt when the director is found murdered in his suite at the Bosporus Hotel. What has this got to do with the German bookshop owner Kati Hirschel? First of all, the main suspect, actress Petra Vogel, is her friend. Second, she runs a bookshop for crime thrillers in Istanbul and sees the murder as a chance, at last, to try out her detective skills in real life. And third: Kati Hirschel is a curious person. She is completely integrated into life in Istanbul. She catches up with friends on a regular basis, for a chat over coffee with copywriter Yilmaz or for a manicure with the editor Lale. She speaks Turkish fluently and, with intelligent charm and oriental cunning, has men wrapped around her fingers. Who could be in a better position to solve the murder? ›Hotel Bosporus‹ is a novel in which German and Turkish prejudices vehemently collide, only to be swept from the table with effortless humour; a novel about international crime, but also about friendship beyond borders.
»We welcome this writer's new arrival in English, and await Kati Hirschel's next investigation.«www.crimefictionlover.com
»As this first in the series makes clear, she could be the love child of Miss Marple and [...] Andrei Codrescu.«Newsday
»Fans of such female detectives as Amanda Cross's Kate Fansler and Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher will find a lot to like.«www.publishersweekly.com
»A wonderful novel about Istanbul! The Turkish lifestyle, the prejudices of a man's world, politics, corruption – Esmahan Aykol writes about it all with ease and humour.«Petros Markaris
»Kati Hirschel – a name to remember!«Virgül
»The first novel about the Istanbul ›scene‹ to be translated into German. A declaration of love to the metropolis of Istanbul.«Die Welt
»A racy and witty novel that affords a brazen insight into both Germans and Turks.«Der Spiegel