Love Yashim and look forward to the next adventure!
How is the next book progressing? I’ve read all of Yashim’s adventures so far and look forward to more.
Loved your mystery novels. When is the next one coming out?
Thanks – so glad! The next one, called The Latin Reader, will be out in the Spring. It has an international cast – Italians, Russians, an Irish priest and a sleepy, gorgeous Dane…alongside Yashim, Palewski and the Valide, of course. best J
Out on June 5th – The Baklava Club. I’d love to come on and talk about it with you. Hopeton.
Love to have you back on KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, TX when it comes out in Spring.
Excellent ! Mais où sont les recettes concoctées par Hachim ?
Vous voulez qu’elles se trouvent où, Marie?
I’m currently rereading The Snake Stone, having rediscovered it in an armoire at my in-laws’ in France. Can’t wait to start The Baklava Club but what is this I hear about it being the final Yashim tale???? Say it ain’t so!
How apt to have found the book in the armoire! And how lovely to be in France at this time of year. Meanwhile Yashim may be taking a break after his breakneck – and break-heart -experiences in The Baklava Club. I never say never. I hope you enjoy it, and thank you for getting in touch. All best, Jason
Hi Jason I think on my third re read of your Yasim books they bring alive the smells, life and experiences of a time and place we would all like to have lived in. They have also connected us with a people we don’t really know or understand. Thanks for the joy.
Thank you, Andrew, for those kind thoughts. I’m really pleased you have found that connection – and yes, wouldn’t it have been grand to be alive back then?! all best wishes, Jason
Might it be possible to obtain four signed bookplates in order that my copies of yoru most delightful Investigator Yashim novels may be signed. Northern Canada is rarely included in book tours, it seems – I have no idea why!
Hi Jason, I really enjoy the Yashim books which wonderfully evoke Ottoman Istanbul. Could you clarify a point of chronology please? is the new palace at Besiktas in An Evil Eye the present Dolmabahce palace? I thought that was begun by Abdelmecid a few years later.
Thanks, Jon. Besiktas contained various palaces including Barbarossa’s, and you are right, Dolmabahce was built later – in 1855. In the 17th century the bay became a swamp. So it was filled and turned into a refined garden area for the Ottoman sultans. From then on palaces and kiosks/villas were built for the sultans and their relatives. Mahmut II – who officially reigned in Topkapı Palace for 31 years (1808-1839) – actually spent most of his time in the palaces of Beşiktaş. Finally his son Abdülmecit had the Dolmabahçe Palace built in 1855 and Beşiktaş became the official residence of the sultans. I can’t now remember whether the first Besiktas palace he lived in – the one in An Evil Eye – was demolished to make way for the Versailles of Ottoman Istanbul. Hope that helps, though. All best, Jason
Is The next Yashim book, The Latin Reader, out yet?
It is – but under a different title. Latin Reader was a working title which we changed on publication to THE BAKLAVA CLUB. Thank you for asking! best, Jason
Just finished Bellini card. Very interestigand historically very accurate. But big questionfor me , why the iitalianlanguage used in few words or sentences is so bad and almost never correct? It was soeasy to ask anitalian speaking person to correct it?
You are so right – and I did get an Italian friend to check it eventually. Thereafter, all editions should be better than the one you read. Apologies! Best, Jason (ps Try the Baklava Club – the Italian is MUCH better! I Cospiratori dei Baklava)
Hi; I loved all the books. A glossary of terms at the back would be helpful. Thanks Penny
Thanks, Penny. I agree, it would be good to have a glossary. My publishers were afraid it might put off people who’d think the books were difficult. I never thought so. Hey ho!
Hi Jason, I’ve recently discovered you books and have read all the Yasim series, finishing The Baklava Club a few days before Christmas, so, as a late Christmas present, can you tell me when the next Yashim novel will be out. Thanks and Happy New Year, Duncx.
Thank you, Duncan. Yashim has been working on his Istanbul Cook Book lately, so not planning any further adventures just yet, I’m afraid. The cook book should be out this Summer – there’ll be news about it here and on twitter at @cookYashim for anyone to follow. Best wishes and Happy New Year, Jason
Is Yashim’s cookbook ever going to be in print? I just don’t do e-books. Sorry.
Yes, Marsha, Yashim’s Cook Book is going to be in GLORIOUS FULL COLOUR HARDBACK, so you can prop it up against the cooker or even use it as a chopping board at a pinch… No batteries required. But watch this space. I’m thinking about June. With all best wishes, and Happy New Year, Jason
I am a huge fan of Yashim, one of the most vivid characters to whom I have also become attached. I understand that you are a serious historian. I just hope that you consider bringing Yashim back at some point. You write so beautifully, the historical context is laid out so well, and Yashim is portrayed with such sensitivity. .
Thank you, Rena. We should never say never…! Meanwhile, if you feel inclined, do leave a review or two, or just a rating, on Amazon or Goodreads – I think it all makes a difference, and helps people find the books they’ll like. It certainly encourages one’s publisher! all best, Jason
I love the books for their history as well as the rich story and beautifully detailed setting. I will get my rating to Goodreads.
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