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Saturday 26 August 2023

‘Double Illusion’ by Barbara Nadel

Published by Headline,
11 May 2023.
ISBN: 978-1-4722-9374-9 (HB)

And she does it again!  Number 25 in the Ikmen/Suleyman Istanbul crime series and another winner! 

Ikmen is one of modern crime fiction's true heroes (The Times) and I completely agree. 

Again, we go into the underbelly of Istanbul with a story encompassing the world of gangland rivalries, mental illness and of course the different communities that make up that vibrant city. 

Additionally, with Suleyman now married into the Roma community we learn more about that fascinating culture.  A brutal murder is certainly not what it seems but no surprise to fans of Barbara Nadel and her complex and tortuous plots. 

Gripping and unputdownable! Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Toni Russell

Barbara Nadel was born in the East End of London. She trained as an actress, and used to work in mental health services. She now writes full time and has been a visitor to Turkey for over twenty years. She received the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger for her novel Deadly Web.

Toni Russell is a retired teacher who has lived in London all her life and loves the city.  She says, ‘I enjoy museums, galleries and the theatre but probably my favourite pastime is reading.  I found myself reading detective fiction almost for the first time during lockdown and have particularly enjoyed old fashioned detective fiction rather than the nordic noir variety.  I am a member of a book club at the local library and have previously attended literature classes at our local Adult Education Centre.  I am married with three children and five grandchildren

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