Pretty Dead Things, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


When Emine Aksu, the flamboyant wife of an Istanbul style guru, suddenly goes missing, Inspector Cetin Ikmen's investigation leads him deep into her strange and colourful past. Emine was a hippie when she was younger, who wholeheartedly enjoyed the liberated lifestyle that swept across Istanbul in the sixties.

Her husband suspects that she was visiting an old friend at the time of her disappearance.

Meanwhile, Inspector Mehmet Suleyman is called to a terrifying scene at the art deco Kamondo Stairs in the old banking district of Karakoy.

The skeleton of a woman has been discovered in one of the large plant containers.

Could these two bizarre incidents be linked?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, map
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780755335633



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The slow pace of the story is offset by all the wonderful local colour: the people, customs and geography of Istanbul. The soccer storyline did not add much to the story, but it added some depth to the character of Sergeant Melik who has been kept in the background.

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It was a humorously enjoyable reading. It was easy dipping into Istanbul's magical life between Occident and Orient. It shows how people struggle with the changing of 'modern' life. Firstly it looks like some habitants had aquired an occidental habit on the other hand old traditions are deep-rooted. The conflict of those different point of view is the foundation of the plot. One is suffering with each character, which are perfectly described and it was a lightness to be familiar with each of them.

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