The Baklava Club, Hardback Book
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


In nineteenth-century Istanbul, a Polish prince has been kidnapped.

His assassination has been bungled and his captors have taken him to an unused farmhouse.

Little do they realize that their revolutionary cell has been penetrated by their enemies, who use the code name La Piuma (the Feather).

Yashim is convinced that the prince is alive. But he has no idea where, or who La Piuma is - and has become dangerously distracted by falling in love.

As he draws closer to the prince's whereabouts and to the true identity of La Piuma, Yashim finds himself in the most treacherous situation of his career: Can he rescue the prince along with his romantic dreams?

Jason Goodwin's bestselling 'Yashim' series has been published across the globe and received huge critical acclaim.

In The Baklava Club, Goodwin takes Yashim on an adventure like no other, through the stylish, sensual world of Ottoman Istanbul.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780571239962

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This was a very odd book. OK, I accept that it's the 5th in a series, so it might make more sense in a developing story over a number of books. The sex was completely unnecessary, and didn't add much to the story or the characters, it came a bit out of the blue. The detective figure is Yashim, a eunuch of the court of the Sultan's mother in Istanbul. The title refers to a group of 3 Italian exiles, who meet with the Polish ambassador Polevski and generally act like unbearable puppies. The background of the story is political, with Poland being subsumed by various empires and the Italian concern being the unification of Italy and the power of the pope. In the middle of this there are the ladies, the danish wife (mistress) of one of the Italians and Natasha, the daughter of Russian exile who has written to the Validee and has come to stay. It al gets somewhat confused, there is an attempted murder that turns into a kidnap and wounding, there is a murder and through it all Yashim tries to sort it out. Not exactly to discover the truth, or to solve the murder, more to make sure that Istanbul survives. It has some interesting elements, but it didn't seem to hang together.The politics were complicated and not at all resolved, but then, neither did I really care about them. A degree of the discovery happens off stage, as it were, by the various justices of the city. . I can't see myself coming back to this.

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