Book #33 was The Kiss Murder, the second Hop-Ã‡iki-Yaya (or Turkish Delight) mystery by Mehmet Murat Somer.Â The back of the book reads:
As night falls over Istanbul, our heroine, a fabulous drag queen who is a dead ringer for Audrey Hepburn, heads out to her nightclub, one of the most popular hangouts in the cityâ€™s underworld.Â Impossibly chic and charming, sheâ€™s ready for anything, and when one of her employees ends up dead as the result of blackmail, sheâ€™ll need to use all of her wit and quick thinking–as well as her Thai kickboxing skills–to find the killers before they find her.
Outrageous, hilarious, and page-turning, Mehmet Murat Somerâ€™s unique series is set to take the mystery world by storm.
The last thing I would expect a book set in Istanbul to feature is a transvestite subculture, but thatâ€™s exactly what you have in this Hop-Ã‡iki-Yaya series. The nameless main character is quite interesting… he knows exactly what he is, and isnâ€™t apologetic about it.Â He plays up his masculine and feminine sides equally well. The story here isnâ€™t about the murder as much as itâ€™s about the blackmail, and the main characterâ€™s drive to find out what is going on, mostly for his own curiosity. I didnâ€™t love the story, but I did enjoy it and would probably read more.Â I found the writing to be somewhat stilted and choppy, but I donâ€™t know if thatâ€™s how the writing is or if itâ€™s an aftereffect of translation.
Page count: 245 | Approximate word count: 67,375