THE BAKLAVA CLUB, by Jason Goodwin
Yashim's best friend is Count Palewski, the Polish emissary, a man whose country was gobbled up by stronger European powers, and he now lives patiently, awaiting the day when his country will be restored to itself. A trio of young Italians arrive in Palewski's shabby drawing room, revolutionaries, exiled by the Vatican. Then an Irish priest shows up, an alcoholic, who's in search of ancient manuscripts. But there's a third strand to what at first merely appears to be an odd assortment of people dropping by: an exiled Polish nobleman. Well, this is as far as I can go without spoiling your delicious journey. The series, beginning with The Janissary Tree, is best read in order. Goodwin, an Ottoman scholar, immerses you in ancient Turkey, in the culture and the way of life, and in a first-rate mystery that is only solved in the last few pages. Don't peek! It's a 5, with a slight bit of sex, maybe a 1. More good news: there's a Yashim cookbook on its way!
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