The Baklava Club

A Novel

Investigator Yashim (Volume 5)

Jason Goodwin

Sarah Crichton Books

Join Investigator Yashim for a final exotic escapade in this rich Edgar Award–winning series

In four previous novels, Jason Goodwin’s Inspector Yashim, the eunuch detective, has led us through stylish, suspenseful, and colorful mysteries in the Istanbul of the Ottoman Empire. Now, in The Baklava Club, Yashim returns for his final adventure—and his most thrilling yet.
     Three naïve Italian liberals, exiled in Istanbul, have bungled their instructions to kill a Polish prince—instead, they’ve kidnapped him and absconded to an unused farmhouse. Little do they realize that their revolutionary cell has been penetrated by their enemies, who are passing along false orders under the code name La Piuma, the Feather.
     It falls to Yashim to unravel all this—he’s convinced that the prince is alive and that the Italians have hidden him somewhere. But there are just a few problems: He has no idea who La Piuma is, and he’s in no mood to put up a fight—he’s fallen in love! As he draws closer to the farmhouse and to the true identity of La Piuma, what Yashim discovers leaves him shocked and in the most dangerous situation of his career.
     Goodwin has an eye for detail like no other, and in The Baklava Club he conjures Istanbul in all its glorious exoticism. This is a breathtaking, extraordinary conclusion to one of the most beloved series in mystery fiction, and its ending will leave you truly astonished.


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THE man lives, or the man dies. It is a matter of the weather.

Tonight he will live: because the sea is smooth like watered silk beneath a crescent moon, the ship’s wake fanning out like a tear. The ship makes little sound: it is a still Mediterranean evening, and the timbers barely creak. A sailor in the fo’c’sle coughs; overhead a sail flaps and spanks the mast.

The man leans at the rail, looking out to sea; and the assassin stands back a little, also watching the wake of the ship as it slowly widens and ripples and disappears toward the empty



Praise for The Baklava Club

Praise for The Baklava Club

"Edgar-winner Goodwin’s absorbing fifth and final novel [is] set in the waning days of Ottoman Turkey. . . Goodwin well illustrates the complex crossroads of cultures, politics, and religions that mapped 19th-century Istanbul." —Publishers Weekly

"A worthy conclusion. Fans of the entries will not be disappointed, and new readers who enjoy historical mysteries set in exotic locations and periods will probably go back to read each title." —Library Journal

"Elegantly written" —Kirkus

Praise for Jason Goodwin

“When you read a historical mystery by Jason Goodwin, you take a magic carpet ride to the most exotic place on earth.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

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History, Mystery, Recipe | Book Keeping
You uncover a place in the scent of a dish, more absolutely than in a thousand words. Yashim's work in the kitchen making pilafs and dolmas evokes his city better than any amount of description.
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I've tried twice, enjoyed reading it, and I have read and loved other Tolstoy novels
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  • Jason Goodwin

  • Jason Goodwin is the Edgar Award–winning author of the Investigator Yashim series. The first four books—The Janissary Tree, The Snake Stone, The Bellini Card, and An Evil Eye—have been published to international acclaim. Goodwin studied Byzantine history at Cambridge and is the author of Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire, among other award-winning nonfiction. He lives with his wife and children in England.

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The Baklava Club

A Novel

Investigator Yashim

Jason Goodwin