This is a great book and would make an excellent choice for reading groups. Here we are in Istanbul following our "detective" in 1836. He is however, a detective with a difference - he is a eunuch!
Perhaps because of his condition, I found this and life in the palace absolutely fascinating. The murders were unusual and innovative. Jason is a historian, and I found the accounts of the Ottoman empire detailed and fascinating. I also found myself researching certain medical conditions............
This would make a good book to read with the Sultans Seal, (see below) similar time in history but completly different in style.
I have ordered the second title in the series so look for a review soon.