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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (483 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jason Goodwin, Stephen Hoye 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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Istanbul, 1840. The new sultan, Abdulmecid, has heard a rumor that Bellini’s vanished masterpiece—a portrait of Mehmed the Conqueror—may have resurfaced in Venice. Yashim, our eunuch detective, is promptly sent to investigate, but—aware that the sultan’s advisers are against any extravagant repurchase of the painting—decides to deploy his disempowered Polish ambassador friend, Palewski, to visit Venice in his stead. Palewski arrives in disguise in down-at-the-heel Venice, where a killer is at large, as dealers, faded aristocrats, and other unknown factions seek to uncover the whereabouts of the missing Bellini. 

But is it the Bellini itself that endangers all or something associated with its original loss? And how is it that all of the killer’s victims are somehow tied to the alluring Contessa d’Aspi d’Istria? Will the Austrians unmask Palewski, or will the killer find him first? Only Yashim can uncover the truth to the manifold mysteries.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Audie Award winner Stephen Hoye handles the multiple accents and voices with ease. Fans of Jenny White’s Kamil Pasha mysteries…will love this superb foray into another time and place.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A toothsome, wryly humorous, and historically accurate view of La Serenissima, seen through the eyes of a very unusual man.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Goodwin skillfully blends deduction, action sequences and period color.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Stephen Hoye’s narration is superb—his pacing and accents are wonderfully executed. His creation of distinctive, memorable characters is further enhanced by his seemingly effortless transitions between voices.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Suzanne | 2/18/2014

    " I did not like it as much as the first one in the series. There seemed to be some plot holes at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynne-marie | 2/16/2014

    " I felt slightly dizzy as Goodwin took us this time to Venice from Istanbul and I kept thinking of hearing Salmun Rushdie talk on the similarities and differences of Venice & Istabul in re his The Enchantres of Florence though at a different time in history. Always twinned, la Venitia and Byzantium. And this such a satisfyingly twisting, turning, Gothic story!! What a read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Willowwind | 2/11/2014

    " I ended up just devouring Goodwin's series that features Yashim the eunuch as his protagonist. The characters and their relationships are delightful, the settings rich and the plots - well, byzantine. Great entertainment with sufficiently well drawn background to make me want to read Goodwin's actual history of the Ottoman Empire, "Lords of the Horizon". Goodwin clearly loves his subject and in shows in the little details depicting the city of Istanbul: its markets. monuments streets and diverse population. Even the stray dogs are drawn with affection. This is not to say that Istanbul (or Venice where most of the action in the Bellini Card takes place) are idealized. We are given the slums, the decay and the poverty as well as the past glories but Goodwin makes them live. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jane | 2/9/2014

    " I am completely hooked on this series! It takes the reader to another world and time, with amazing characters, rich plots, and absorbing prose. Anyone who loves Istanbul would especially appreciate Jason Goodwin's writing. "

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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.