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Appartamento a Istanbul

(Kati Hirschel #2)

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Kati Hirschel è una Berlinese trapiantata a Istanbul da una quindicina d'anni. Gestisce una libreria specializzata in gialli, per il resto il suo tempo è preso a occuparsi di una quantità di piccoli affari pratici che la sballottano da un estremo all'altro della sconfinata città che abbraccia il Bosforo. E parla, conversa continuamente e con chiunque, di ogni ceto occupazi ...more
Paperback, La memoria #849, 321 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Sellerio (first published 2003)
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Bunny
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sellerio
Mi sono avvicinata con diffidenza ma ultimamente ho voglia di letture leggere e una protagonista tedesca, libraia e trapiantata a Istanbul non poteva non intrigarmi. Non è un giallo sensazionale ma quanto è stato bello girare di nuovo per le strade di quella città splendida! Kati è un po' matta ma mi ha fatto simpatia fin da subito. È bello approfondire qualche abitudine o qualche rito stambuliota leggendo un giallo un po' diverso ma pur sempre costruito in maniera semplice.
Michelle L
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
Another fun romp through contemporary Istanbul with a very offbeat narrator - enjoyably cynical and excitable, and always a bundle of fast-moving story-telling. If you think getting a new home or apartment is a pain where you live, just follow Kati's exploration through the truly Byzantine process of real estate in Istanbul. A body in the apartment is the least of it.

Good characters, interesting background, lively interactions and a dryly hysterical voice give this story a unique flavor.
Theut
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Letto durante la mia breve permanenza a Istanbul, sono andata a cercare alcuni dei quartieri citati... La protagonista, Kati Hirschel, ha una libreria di gialli, e solo per questo particolare mi è piaciuta un sacco. Le atmosfere della città sono rese bene, peccato che, non avendo letto il primo libro, un paio di riferimenti a fatti accaduti cadano nel vuoto.
Crystal
I liked this book as I enjoy any murder mystery. I like the strong female character with obvious flaws, most of which I can relate to, and that she is quick witted. I also like that I was given a small introduction to Turkish culture which I found interesting. Of course, this isn't a literary novel I would dive into to write a thesis on, but it's good beach reading.
Maria Beltrami
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Libro un po' sciocchino, con una protagonista che sta a cavallo tra Miss Marple e Bridget Jones, però trapiantate a Istanbul.
I personaggi sono superficiali, i moventi del delitto del tutto futili, l'analisi della società che sottende alla storia è appena appena accennata.
Lettura veloce e priva di conseguenze.
Grazia Omicini
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Un po' frammentario, poco scorrevole, con personaggi poco a fuoco. Gradevole sotto un ombrellone, un po' troppo pieno di stereotipi e dettagli che vorrebbero essere ironici o spiritosi ma sono solo appesantimenti irrilevanti.
Damiana
Jun 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
1.5/5
Bulent
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
İstanbullu Alman kadın dedektifimiz Kati, bir ev satın almak ister ancak bu sefer de cinayet zanlısı olarak şüpheleri üzerine çeker.

Esmahan Aykol'un ikinci Kati romanı kendi içinde tutarlı olmakla birlikte çok da keyifli bir okuma sunmuyor okura. İsim vermemek için Türkiye'ye dair herşeyin üstü bir örtüyle örtülüyor... Bu da Alman okurun hoşuna gidebilecek ancak Türk okuru cezbetmeyecek bir şey haline getiriyor romanı.
Jack Laschenski
Too much about clothing and mascara.

Very unsatisfactory ending.

Not convincing about Instanbul.
Jennifer Fredin
Turkish who-done-it told by flighty German bookshop owner living in Istanbul.
Meredith Miller
Loved this character narrator - smart, odd, self-involved, cynical, a weird blend of thoughtful and superficial. She narrates with a scatty, chatty style that I really liked. The plot maybe could have been tighter, but its meandering was in keeping, I thought. This novel has a complicated and textured sense of place that's more than just crime fiction tourism. Some great detail about class culture and the political party landscape in Turkey post-millenium. I really enjoyed it.
Marta
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ho finito questo libro con fatica.
Manca la parte fondamentale del giallo. Da lettore dovresti sentirti coinvolto nelle indagini ma in realtà dopo un po' ti senti annoiato. Mi aspettavo più descrizioni sul lavoro di Kati (che ha una libreria di gialli) invece ci si sofferma troppo sui suoi problemi sentimentali/sessuali. Pensavo di aver comprato un giallo interessante.
Delusa.
Clay Stafford
Bribery can get you many things. Including an apartment where a dead body turns up and you become the main suspect. Such is the case with Esmahan Aykol’s second book in her Kati Hirschel series, translated beautifully by Ruth Whitehouse. I love the charm of the main character. She’s of German descent, though born in Turkey. She owns a small mystery bookstore, reminding me of one of our Killer Nashville sponsoring bookstores, Mysteries & More. I am drawn to the subtlety of the storytelling. I ...more
Procyon Lotor
Jan 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Wir sind die T�rken von morgen. Pubblicato da un quotidiano nell'agosto privo pure di ProVercelli-Nogometno Dru�tvo Gorica per la coppa del nonno di calcio, una scrittrice turca che vive a Berlino espelle un giallo dove la protagonista � una berlinese che vive ad Istanbul. I dettagli di vita locale, le nozioni su quartieri case terreni e fabbricati, i delitti tipici e le usuali soperchierie mediterranee, pi� che in Turchia sembra di essere in una qualsiasi citt� di un s�d generico, non risolleva ...more
Saoirse Milotte
Kati Hirschel is not your typical Turkish lady, for a start she is half German, she runs her own crime novel book store and she refuses to be the glamorous, obedient woman her boyfriend wants her to be. She is also facing endless stresses in her life, starting with a landlady who is trying to push her rent way out of Kati's range. Finding a new flat in Istanbul is not easy, but thanks to large 'Baksheesh' or 'tips' passed on to the right people Kati has found her dream home overlooking the Bosph ...more
Ruth
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-modern
c2003: FWFTB: Istanbul, apartment, murdered, suspect, boulevards. What an engaging heroine. Really, the 'whodunit' part was irrelevant. The description of the city and people took centre stage and well-deservedly so. The heroine is just a joy to read about. As she is German - she tends to compare the varying differences between Germans and Turks on a frequent basis - but in almost a loving way. "Following the economic crisis, there had been a significant rise in the number of robberies and thef ...more
Voss
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: narrativa, poliziesco
Il delitto è più solido e l'indagine verosimile.
Ma, ancora una volta, non è il motivo principale per cui ho divorato questa storia.
Istanbul e i suoi abitanti, Kati e le sue paturnie ecco i veri protagonisti.
Senza scomodare Chistie ogni volta, ma c'è qualcosa nei polizieschi scritti da donne che mette il delitto in secondo piano e non ti dispiace.
Scopettone, Lackberg, Aykol, Vargas hanno questo in comune, ciascuna a modo suo.
Ecco è il piacere di leggere una bella storia di gente in qualche modo
...more
Margaret
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
2.5
This could easily have been a much better book with some editing. Plot is sort of interesting but convoluted and a lot of peripheral characters get pulled in. Lovely long description of a fat man which would have been appropriate for a main charter but not for a walk-on role. Loose ends hang around. Kati herself is ditzy and her life seems unreal.
Descriptions of Istanbul and obvious love for city help redeem the book.
charta
Svagato ma divertente, offre un discreto spaccato degli stambulioti e dei loro turistici conquistadores: gli alamanni.
Via di mezzo fra una Sanantonio femminile, più che altro nel lessico, e una post femminista, l'eroina, bonazza teutonica dai capelli carota, è una quasi credibile femmina di una città doppia.
Piacevole lettura canicolare.
Holly Taggart
Not my favorite.
The amount of plot lines and suspects in this mystery became rather confusing and made me actually less interested in figuring out who did this. In addition, I found the main character to be entirely annoying and at many moments wanted to just smack her.
I finished the book, but to be honest, I'm still not entirely clear on exactly who the killer was!
3 no 7
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book because it is set in Istanbul, and the main character owns a mystery book store. I is mostly written from her perspective. She has to find a new apartment, and in the process she gets mixed up in a murder. Everything is complicated by the victim's family, her friends, the government and even the culture of the city itself. It is light-hearted, but not.
Francyy Barontini
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Secondo libro che leggo di questa autrice, li avevo comprati perché ambientati a Istanbul dove ero appena stata. Il primo non mi ha entusiasmato, in questo si nota un miglioramento sia nella trama che nella descrizione ambientale, lasciando comunque in tutto un qualcosa di irrisolto
David Marshall
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a genuinely excellent mystery, nicely playing the first-person metafiction game as our outsider heroine navigates Turkish society when she's accused of murder.

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icaro
leggiucchiato per avarizia. L'avevo comprato insieme all'altro e mi scocciava buttarlo senza neanche aprirlo, dopo averlo pagato. Un filo meno peggio del primo
Vai
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read
An easy read, entertaining.
Caroline Ingvaldsen
In the second Kati Hirschel mystery, the feisty mystery bookstore owner becomes embroiled in another murder set in intriguing Istanbul and solves it with her usual irony.
Jean
Ok mystery. Learned a few things about Turkey.
Mara
Oct 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Carino; come nel precedente libro di Esmahan Aykol , la trama gialla e’ solo un pretesto per una bella ed innamorata descrizione di Istanbul e dei suoi abitanti.
Eva
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-aways
Not a great crime plot (though intricate), it has a lot of Istanbul flair and very likeable characters, even minor ones.
Chiara
rated it really liked it
Feb 22, 2013
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Esmahan Aykol began her writing career as a journalist. Today she is a fiction writer, best known for her "Kati Hirschel" mystery novels.
Aykol's fiction touches upon stereotypes of Turks and Europeans (eg. the character of Kati Hirschel is a reverse of the norm: a German immigrant in Turkey).
Aykol divides her time between Istanbul and Berlin.

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