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A Dead Man in Istanbul by Michael Pearce
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A Dead Man in Istanbul by Michael Pearce is the second book in the Seymour of Special Branch historical mystery series, set in 1911 Istanbul, on the brink of the Great War. Cunningham, Second Secretary of the British Embassy in Istanbul was shot immediately following his supposedly romantic swim across the Dardanelles Straits. Seymour of Special Branch is sent to investigate. He's fluent in many languages, from his East London childhood. Seymour suspects the swim had nothing to do with romance; it was in the wrong direction to repeat the Hero/Leander myth. No doubt he was on a personal spying mission, but who shot him? It takes Seymour many interviews around town to reach a conclusion. Once he knows what happened, he still can't act, directly. But he knows the best person to summon. Very slow build up to an interesting ending. Still no character development; description of the historic port and its gathering political storm provide the interest.

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November 3, 2019 – Finished Reading
November 24, 2019 – Shelved

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