Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Abyssinian Proof, by Jenny White
This is the second Kamil Pasha mystery, after The Sultan's Seal (2006). The books take place in Istanbul during the late 19th century. Kamil is a magistrate and a Pasha, a bachelor and a bit of a ladies' man. In this book, Kamil is charged with stopping the thefts of religious artifacts, which are causing increasing friction among the religious groups living in Istanbul. He has a personal interest in these thefts through his friendship with Malik, who holds the position of caretaker of The Proof of God within a secret sect of Melisites. The supporting cast might be a bit overdrawn: Omar the policeman, Avi the waif, Gudit the very creepy midwife, Balkis the priestess, Saba the priestess to be, and Elif, the artist/love interest. Reviews say White did a huge amount of research about the place and time.