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Publisher's Summary

The body of a young Englishwoman washes up in Istanbul wearing a pendant inscribed with the seal of the deposed sultan. The death resembles the unsolved murder of another Englishwoman, 10 years before. A magistrate in the new secular courts, Kamil Pasha, sets out to find the killer, but his dispassionate belief in science and modernity is shaken by betrayal and widening danger. In a mystical voice, a young Muslim woman recounts her own relationship with one of the dead women and with the suspected killer. Were these political murders involving the palace or crimes of personal passion? Rich in sensuous detail, this novel of faith and desire brilliantly captures the political and social upheavals of the waning Ottoman Empire and the contradictory desires of the human soul.
©2006 Jenny White (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"The writing is lyrical and the characters enchanting." (Publishers Weekly)
"Court life and customs in old Istanbul are thrillingly captured here, with readers easily transported back to those days when mystery and intrigue lurked around every corner." (Booklist)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 03-12-06

The Sultan's Seal

The book is interesting. Unfortunately, the narration left a lot to be desired. The Turkish was mispronounced and the accents sounded more like they were from India rather than Turkey. It would have been better if it had sounded more authentic.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Madeleine on 06-19-10

Mildly Disappointing.

I listened to "The Abyssinian Proof" first and loved it, and was looking forward to another Kamil Pasha mystery. However, this one is written in third person, present tense, which really doesn't work. Contrary to the other reviews, I found Nadia May's narration to be perfectly adequate. It's the actually narrative POV I had problems with.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jaq on 06-19-08

If you've visited Istanbul....

this is a pleasing frothy coffee of an adventure set in & around recongnisable locations - the narrator's voice is easy to listen to & the intrigue & romance of the setting & plot make for enjoyable listening, perfect when driving - will go on to purchase again from this author/narrator combination

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