Synopses & Reviews
The Number One Ladies' Detective Agencymeets Pedro Almodovar in this outrageous new series featuring an ultraglamorous sleuth
Bestsellers in Mehmet Murat Somer's home country of Turkey and set to take the world by storm, the arrival of the Hop-Çiki-Yaya mysteries is cause for excitement (and lip gloss!) here in the United States. A male computer technician by day and a transvestite hostess of Istanbul's most notorious nightclub by night, the unnamed heroine of The Kiss Murder is the most charming and hilarious sleuth to debut in recent memory. When Buse, one of the "girls"at her club, fears someone is after private letters from a former lover, she comes to her boss for help. The next day Buse is dead and our girl must find the murderers before they find her. Fortunately, she is well armed with beauty, wit, the wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn, and expert Thai kickboxing skills. With a page-turning plot and an irresistibly charming protagonist, The Kiss Murder is sure to attract mystery lovers and nightlife mavens alike.
"Istanbul provides an intriguing backdrop for Somer's highly entertaining and occasionally over-the-top tale, the first in a six-volume series to be made available in the U.S., in which a namelesstransvestite nightclub owner turns detective after the murder of one of the club's drag queens, a crime linked to a blackmail scheme involving letters and photos received from a powerful and conservative businessman. While the club's performers fear their secret lives being made public and are outcasts to their families, the protagonist, who by night dresses like 'that boyish beauty' Audrey Hepburn, fears no one. When the blackmailers target the nightclub owner, she turns for help to contacts in the gay and transvestite community, plus a gossipy bouncer and an adoring cab driver who fancies himself 'the Istanbul version of Brad Pitt.' Melding broad humor with a sensitive look at gay life in Turkey, Somer has fashioned a complex protagonist who's likable, intelligent, arrogant and, above all, a survivor." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The Turkish Delight books are fun, they're funny, and they're an unexpectedly poignant glimpse into a world most of us don't know. And they're still good mysteries."
-Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse mystery series
"If you're tired of mysteries featuring granny sleuths and ex-cops- turned detectives, you won't find a more refreshing alternative than Mehmet Murat Somer's...Turkish Delight series. Packed with flirtation and humor, this one is not to be missed."
Praise for the Turkish Delight mystery series:
"The Turkish Delight books are fun, they’re funny, and they’re an unexpectedly poignant glimpse into a world most of us don’t know. And they’re still good mysteries."
"If you're tired of mysteries featuring granny sleuths and ex-cops-turned detectives, you won't find a more refreshing alternative than Mehmet Murat Somer's . . . Turkish Delight series. Packed with flirtation and humor, this one is not to be missed."
"A whip-smart Istanbul crime series."
"Hysterically funny." (Praise for THE KISS MURDER)
A male computer technician by day and a transvestite hostess of Istanbul's most notorious nightclub by night, the unnamed hero of "The Kiss Murder" is the most charming and hilarious sleuth to debut in recent memory.
Oh, no! Burçak Veral—kickboxing transvestite, nightclub owner, Audrey Hepburn lookalike, and amateur sleuth—has finally
been invited to strut her stuff on a local television show. But during her appearance, an angry viewer calls in vowing to kill off everyone close to Burçak. Later that night, the show’s host is shot dead. What did Burçak do to infuriate the mystery caller? And in a city as chaotic as Istanbul, where does a girl even begin to look?
Dressed to the nines and ready to fight—or flirt—Burçak sets off on a desperate manhunt in another delicious Turkish Delight adventure.
About the Author
Mehmet Murat Somer was born in Ankara in 1959. After graduating from Middle Eastern University (ODTÜ) School of Industrial Engineering, he worked for a short time as an engineer, and for an extended period as a banker. Since 1994, he has been a management consultant, conducting corporate seminars on management skills and personal development. Somer has written a number of made-to-order scenarios for feature films and television series, as well as classical music critiques for various newspapers and magazines. He currently lives in Istanbul.