A powerful blend of murder mystery and romance set in the Ottoman Court
A gripping tale of murder in nineteenth-century Istanbul
The naked body of a young English woman washes up in the Bosphorus wearing a pendant inscribed with the tughra, the Sultan's seal, found only on possessions of the imperial household. The Turkish magistrate Kamil Pasha sets out to find the killer, but encounters a web of obstacles and links to the earlier killing of another English woman.
Were these political murders involving the palace or crimes of personal passion Sybil, the daughter of the English ambassador, uses her connections to help Kamil infiltrate the secret world of the harem. As they untangle the threads, they make powerful enemies in a society where the forces of tradition and modernity collide.
A gripping tale of murder in 19th-century Istanbul - DAILY EXPRESS 23.02.07
in her highly accomplished first novel Jenny White, whose subject is Turkish society and politics, steers a clever course between action and background...A neat mystery and persuasive portrait of credible people is joined seamlessly onto a fascinating portrait of Turkey at a time of fateful transition. - LITERARY REVIEW (May 2006) - Jessica Mann
White clearly understands the culture and the period in profound detail... It's rare to find a writer with such a passion for authenticity who can still serve up a compelling story - THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 18.03.07
?A remarkable piece of fiction?This is a fast-paced read with a breathless, page-turning pace, and a sense of mounting tension?written in gorgeously sensuous language?As well as being a gripping thriller, The Sultan?s Seal is a knowledgeable portrayal of life in 19th-century Turkey, as it struggles to find a middle road between traditional Eastern values and the modern attitudes of the West? - WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY
Jenny White is a tenured professor of anthropology at Boston University, specializing in Turkish studies. She's written monographs on 20th-century politics and has been studying the Islamic party that recently won the elections in Turkey. Her book on that party became required reading in the State Department.