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Pretty Dead Things

(Inspector Ikmen #10)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  282 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 7th 2008 by Headline (first published January 1st 2007)
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JoV
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
The blurb: “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 colorful 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 K ...more
Leslie
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, popcorn-reading
The plot, and the characters who enact it, increasingly stretch the bounds of credulity as things continue. Although the Istanbul setting is interesting, too much of what's here is unrelated to the story in any significant way. The characters spend a great deal of time obsessing about a football match, but the event does little to advance either character or plot and seems to be included only to give a bit of local colour, as if her editor told her to add something topical and that's all she cou ...more
Susan
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-turkey
Another terrific book by Nadel! It would be easy to give away too much about the plot, but Inspector Ikmen must look for a missing woman, while his fellow inspector and one-time protege Suleyman puzzles over a woman's skeleton left prominently displayed. They, and other Istanbul police officers, are on the alert because an international football match has brought English and Italian tourists visiting in throngs, and Turkey's behavior is under EEC scrutiny. Nadel's books usually investigate subcu ...more
Amy
Jun 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I have read many mystery novels and I am always excited to find a new author who has something to add to this abundant genre. The descriptions of the Istanbul neighbourhoods are detailed and the polical and social climate of Turkey provide an engaging backdrop to the action. The characters are generally well drawn and the typical detective novel clichés are used sparingly.

I did not solve the central mystery too early on in the novel and there were several well-placed red-herrings, but the resolu
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Bookmaniac70
Apr 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Barbara Nadel didn`t betray my expectations.In this novel the story is based on hippie movement which touched Turkey /although briefly/in the 60s. Ahmed Aksu and his wife moved in the past with a bunch of young people. Emine Aksu was known for her frivolous behaviour but this time she seems to have got a little too far.When her husband reports her as missing,Inspector Ikmen has little hope that she could be alive.Hippies,sexual freedom,even necrofilia- Barbara Nadel once again makes her exotic m ...more
Chris
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-turkey
Another bizarre case for Ikmen involving a skeleton on display and a missing woman that end up being related thanks to a sicko with a fetish. We get some insights into Jews in Turkey during World War II and we explore more of underground Istanbul as well going down memory lane with the hippies in Turkey in the 1960's. This one had me turning the pages as Ikmen knows something is not right but just can't seem to put it together.
Anette
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once again Inspector Ikmen is trying to solve a very strange case of a missing woman and a murder. Amongst Istanbul hosting an International football game - the city is over run with foreigners and not one of the cops are too keen to work!
But then I can honestly say I was hooked from the first page, and ended up reading into the early hours of the morning to finish the book.
Now I am going to download the next book in the series.
Ruth
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series keeps getting better and better as the characters develop. I still find that the crime is fairly easy to solve with not too much twisting etc however it seems to me that this is not the main attraction of these books. The characters and vignettes are the best things. All the old "friends" are back.
Dismiljanic
Mar 12, 2010 rated it liked it
I picked up this novel while on vacation in Saint Lucia...a difficult read only because the humidity of the island weakened the glue on the binding of the book and pages would frequently lift off and fly down the beach towards the Caribbean Sea.

All in all, a series that one did not have to read the previous 10 to understand but not a bad series to take up one day!
Richard
Sep 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
A new author for me. I found it at the McGill University bookstore. The story takes place in modern Turkey. A very good protagonist, Ikmen is a great character. I will read other books by this author.
John
Sep 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I liked this one a bit better than the previous few as there's more emphasis on the plot, and less domestic drama among the cops.
Sarah Kennedy
Couldn't finish. Characters seem fine and fairly interesting but the awkward style and slow pace is driving me up the wall.
Kate Susko
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it
It was an interesting story and ending, but there were far too many characters to keep track of
Ann Tonks
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: istanbul
These stories are always more enjoyable since I've been to Istanbul and have images of aspects of the city in mind.
Robert
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Robert by: boby7722004@yahoo.com
First read Jan. 2009.
2nd time: July 2010
Sophie Houston
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this very much, although the typos and misplaced/missing punctuation kinda ruined the experience ...
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Gave up on this - too boring.
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Barbara Nadel is an English crime-writer. Many of her books are set in Turkey. Born in the East End of London, Barbara Nadel trained as an actress before becoming a writer. Now writing full-time, she has previously worked as a public relations officer for the National Schizophrenia Fellowship's Good Companion Service and as a mental health advocate for the mentally disordered in a psychiatric hosp ...more

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