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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (292 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jason Goodwin Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Yashim the Eunuch Series Release Date:
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When the admiral of the Ottoman fleet defects to the Egyptians, investigator Yashim attempts to uncover the man’s motives. But Fevzi Pasha is no stranger to Yashim: it was Pasha, in fact, who taught the investigator his craft years ago. He is the only man whom Yashim has ever truly feared: ruthless, cruel, and unswervingly loyal to the sultan. What dark secret has led his former mentor to betray the Ottoman Empire?

Unraveling Pasha’s curious history, Yashim is drawn ever deeper into the closed world of the sultan’s seraglio, an intimate household populated by the young ruler’s women, children, slaves, and eunuchs. It is a well-appointed world ruled by fear, ambition, and deep-seated superstitions—a lap of luxury where talented girls hold sway in the ladies’ orchestra.

But as the women of that orchestra inexplicably grow ill and die, Yashim discovers that his investigations into the admiral’s defection have their roots in the torturous strictures of the sultan’s harem, where every secret is sacred: a place where the normal rules are suspended and where women can simply disappear.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “When you read a historical mystery by Jason Goodwin, you take a magic-carpet ride to the most exotic place on earth.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Goodwin is an author of many strengths…[and his books] just keep getting better…The complicated plot that unfolds is deftly controlled throughout…Goodwin’s prose is sharp and surprising.”

    Washington Post

  • “A great addition to a superb series.”

    Globe and Mail (London)

  • “Exotic…An elegant meditation on the Ottoman psyche. Goodwin is as concerned with capturing the sights, sounds, and recipes as he is with the murders.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “In Yashim’s investigations the stakes are high indeed…The bare outlines are enlivened by Goodwin’s skillful use of color and detail, especially Yashim’s recipes, which set the reader drooling. As a historian, Goodwin is scrupulous.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Masterful…While Goodwin excels at plotting, the book’s main strength lies in the assured depiction of a nation restrained by a corrupt leadership far removed from the old traditions of transparency and justice. The details of how Yashim prepares meals may amuse Robert Parker fans.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Goodwin continues to create historical mysteries with an A-quality plot, excellent historical detail, and a strong sense of place…He is still at the top of his game.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexis | 1/22/2014

    " I, once again, enjoyed Yashim's workings in Istanbul. This one centered around the Kapudan (Captain) Pasha's defection, with his fleet, to Egypt. Actually, a lot of the focus was on the drama occurring in the new sultan's harem with the Kapudan Pasha's defection in the background even though everything ties together in the end. Every time I read one of his books, Mr. Goodwin makes me want to travel to Istanbul. It is intriguing how many different cultures made up Istanbul: the sultan's women were from various countries, the peddlers in the street were from different places, it was all so "global". I suppose this isn't a surprising thing, given Istanbul's location but I am always surprised when a community so long ago was so open to "others". Perhaps that shows my midwestern US ignorance. I am sure many other large cities in the 1800s were as rife with various nationalities as Istanbul was. Okay--not much of a review about the book other than I enjoyed it thoroughly and read it very quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathleen | 1/18/2014

    " I did not enjoy this adventure of Yasmin the eunuch as much as I did some of the previous ones but it was still a good read. Seemed to be giving a little more backstory to the series and left me thinking more was to come. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Niki Ganong | 1/18/2014

    " Investigator Yashim is back on the case...and what a disjointed one it is. Though the plots twist and turn (and drop entirely), at least our trusty detective is back in Istanbul. The first two are better and more thrilling, but this one will do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carey Combe | 1/16/2014

    " Very confusing plot, but as enjoyable and as fun as always. Loved the depictions of life inside the harem. "

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About the Author
Author Jason Goodwin

Jason Goodwin is the author of Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire, A Time for Tea: Through China and India in Search of Tea, and On Foot to the Golden Horn, among others. He lives in Sussex, England, with his wife and four children.