Jenny B. White has penned a rich first novel. With the death of a young Englishwoman who has a pendant with the seal of the deposed sultan a mystery unfolds. It mirrors back to an older, unsolved murder of another English governess.
Istanbul at the end of the Ottoman empire is the exotic backdrop. of another English governess, a crime that was never solved. Magistrate Kamil Pasha strives to find the killer. He is unsure if these are political murders involving the palace or a more personal matter of passion. The main character to captivate us is 19th century Turkey.