Ruth Whitehouse worked as a violinist and translator in Ankara. She has translated both Esmahan Aykol novels that have appeared in English so far. Her translations of shorter work by young Turkish authors have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Kati Hirschel, in her 30s, is the proud owner of Istanbul's only crime bookshop. She has learned the corrupt ways of her adored city and soon takes possession of an apartment obtained with the help of a generous bribe to a government official. All is well until a man is found murdered in her dream apartment and Kati becomes the police's primary suspect.