AN EVIL EYE, by Jason Goodwin

3/series. If you aren't reading this fascinating series of adventure of the fictional Ottoman sleuth Yashim, you are missing out: historian Goodwin plops you right in the middle of 19thC Istanbul: intrigue, betrayal, harems, assassins, good Bordeaux wines, violin playing and other music, and a complex, subtle royal mystery that starts with an infant being tossed from a burning house. While these books stand alone better than most, reading in order is encouraged.This series is, if you're fond of historical fiction with an intellectual flavor, perfection. A fabulous 5.