Giovanni's Room in Philadelphia, a fellow Indie bookstore, albeit of a different stripe, republished a BookSense (or IndieBound) recommendation I wrote a year ago:
The Kiss Murder by Mehmed Murat Somer:
The publisher's promo says, "Bestseller in author's home country, Turkey, The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency meets Pedro Almodovar in this outrageous new series featuring an ultraglamorous sleuth." I would definitely say it's outrageous -- outrageously smart, outrageously funny and what a guy/gal our hero(ine) is. Just a regular-guy computer consultant by day-tranny lounge co-owner a la Audrey Hepburn by night, looking for respect in all (maybe the wrong?) places and stumbling upon a many-layered mystery that keeps him/her (and us!) puzzled. What a great sense, also, of the many mysteries that is Istanbul! Some would call it a spoof; some, tongue-in-cheek; and still others, simply obnoxious, but for those of us who enjoy a taste of the exotic, this edgy armchair peek of a different culture is outrageously IT!
We appreciate Suzanne C. from Dundee gave us a pretty accurate Yelp! although the webpage itself is puzzling. Why are "Coffee" or "BOOKS" not categories for Books on First?
We also have Holly Wehmeyer, whom I have never met, giving us a mention on her blog. It looks to me like she has some good reading suggestions and she's a poet!
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