The Ottoman world is such a visual feast that I almost wish we could have illustrated detective stories again… but here, instead, are a few things that have inspired The Latin Reader, which is out later this year.
This is a beautiful writing box, from the period. In The Latin Reader, the Valide (or Queen Mother) uses a box like this to write and store her private correspondence.
This is the Rome ghetto, where Jews were expected to live in the days when the Pope was a temporal as well as spiritual ruler.
Ottoman prisons were grim… this is Piranesi’s imaginative version.