So far this year I have read 57 books..... Not too shabby.
I will admit that I haven't posted here, I'm a bit lazy about that (I have 2 other blogs, 3 FB pages, 3 Shelfari.com book groups, & I publish reviews for the FOL Newsletter).
What sticks out in my mind is the: Investigator Yashim series by Jason Goodwin:
"The Janissary Tree", "The Snake Stone", "The Bellini Card", & "An Evil Eye".
Yashim is an unassuming, quiet, & "free" eunuch in 1800's Instanbul, Turkey. He is great friends with the impoverished Polish Ambassador, the Valide (Sultan's mother & head of the harem).
These are very interesting books that give a good insight to the Sultanate of the 1800's. Yashim, deftly unravels some of the most difficult & dangerous puzzles in a quiet manner. Cooking is one of Yashim's pleasures and we are introduced to the heady aroma of spices & foods cooked by him.
This is a wonderful series.... I rated them between 3-4 stars.