The Prophet Murders

Mehmet Murat Somer Kenneth Dakan

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The Prophet Murders

The Prophet Murders Hysterically funny Time Out Istanbul As refreshing as cookies and cold lemonade on a summer day I wish there was a Turkish Almodovar to film all these novels one day Perihan Magden author of GirlsT

  • Title: The Prophet Murders
  • Author: Mehmet Murat Somer Kenneth Dakan
  • ISBN: 9781846686337
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hysterically funny Time Out Istanbul As refreshing as cookies and cold lemonade on a summer day I wish there was a Turkish Almodovar to film all these novels one day Perihan Magden, author of 2 GirlsThe first in a new Turkish detective series A killer is on the loose in Istanbul and killing transvestites Our protagonist fellow transvestite, nightclub owner, and gla Hysterically funny Time Out Istanbul As refreshing as cookies and cold lemonade on a summer day I wish there was a Turkish Almodovar to film all these novels one day Perihan Magden, author of 2 GirlsThe first in a new Turkish detective series A killer is on the loose in Istanbul and killing transvestites Our protagonist fellow transvestite, nightclub owner, and glamour puss extraordinaire turns into an investigator in the search for the killer It s a tough case can she end the slaughter without breaking a nail Mehmet Murat Somer lives in Istanbul, where he ran a business consultancy before taking up writing full time.

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    1. Πάνος Τουρλής on said:

      Ένα πτώμα τραβεστί που αναγγέλεται στην τρίτη σελίδα μιας εφημερίδας τραβάει την προσοχή του πρωταγωνιστή των ιστοριών του Μεχμέτ Μουράτ Σομέρ, μόνο και μόνο για να αρχίσει να ανακαλύπτει κι άλλες τέτοιες ειδήσεις, που καταλήγουν σε μια αλυσίδα φόνων από τον ίδιο serial killer! [...]

    2. Zahide Ertuğrul on said:

      ben okurken üzüleyim mi güleyim mi bilemeyerek okudum,transların durumlarını o kadar keyifli bir dille anlatmış ki onların dünyalarını belki ilk defa bu kadar içeriden okudum diyebilirim.Somer'in dili kesinlikle akıcı,merak uyandırıcıKonu ise aslında dramatikSerinin devamını da bulup en kısa zamanda okumalıyım.

    3. Aussiescribbler Aussiescribbler on said:

      A sadistic serial killer is picking off drag queens in Istanbul. One of his potential victims is a detective. While the mystery is intriguing, what makes the story memorable is the chance to enter into an exotic subculture full of histrionics, bitchiness and glamour.

    4. GZN on said:

      İsmindeki iddianın aksine serinin zayıf kitaplarından. Sanki travestilerin dünyasını hiç tanımayanlar da anlayabilsin diye iyice basitleştirilerek anlatılmış. Final de sürprizsiz ve biraz aceleye gelmiş gibi.

    5. Sonia Valverde on said:

      Una lectura divertida, pero la verdad que sin ningun misterio. Su originalidad reside básicamente en lo curioso de sus personajes y el submundo que representan. La trama y como se van uniendo los hilos es muy muy superficial, con un desenlace cogido con pinzas y metido con calzador. Esto, unido a que carece también de acción, provoca que solo retengas en la memoria los pasajes que te han hecho sonreír. El apartado de novela negro, el suspenso y el misterio brillan por su ausencia. Joder, y t [...]

    6. Sam on said:

      Lo que principalmente quiero destacar de esta novela, es el trasfondo social. Podemos calificarla de regular, mala, obvia, con un final sin pena ni gloria, etc Pero no podemos, ni debemos, pasar por alto la vida de la protagonista y del resto de los personajes. La cruda realidad que se ven obligados, sí sí obligados les guste o no, a vivir los travestis. Vayamos entendiendo que no "eligen" prostituirse, que no todos desean "operarse" y que todos desean y sueñan con vivir libres para amar y se [...]

    7. Lydia G on said:

      A fun continuation of the series. My only complaint is that it is difficult to read them in order due to out of order publishing dates and missing translated novels. They are self contained but it would have been nice to read this first before The Kiss Murders.

    8. Elizabeth Bennet on said:

      Çok eğlendim okurken zira espriler bana hitap etti. Ancak sonlara doğru epey bir karanlık öğe vardı. Bu janrı sevenlere gönül rahatlığı ile tavsiye ederim.

    9. Marie Chartier on said:

      Not as widely known outside of some circles as other LGBT authors, Mehmet Murat Somer offers nonetheless a different voice of the beautiful cité of Istanbul. His Hop-çiki-yaya serie features an original protagonist*: computer tech-genius by day and bar owner at night; but not any bar, one of the most popular transvestite bar of Istanbul. This nameless protagonist is himself walking on the line between genre, being absolutely glamourous with Audrey Hephburn as his personnal fashion muse, but no [...]

    10. Karen on said:

      THE PROPHET MURDERS is the first of six 'Hop-Ciki-Yaya' thrillers translated into English - written by engineer, banker and now management consultant Mehmet Murat Somer. The book introduces the reader to a central protagonist who is nothing, if not slightly unexpected. Our unnamed hero/heroine is referred to as abla throughout the book which means big sister (thanks to the handy little glossary included at the back of the book). He/she is a well-known identity in the transvestite sub-culture in [...]

    11. Rowland Pasaribu on said:

      The Prophet Murders is narrated by a (here still nameless) transvestite ("I glory in being both Man and Woman"). S/he's part-owner of a nightclub, works with computers, and is "practised in Aikido and Thai-boxing."The book begins with her/him reading about the murder of yet another transvestite. The odd circumstances of the death suggest there's more than meets the eye to this, and looking into it s/he finds that a serial killer seems to be on the loose, targeting transvestites. It's soon also c [...]

    12. Ewelina on said:

      i really love this series. there is something in it that makes me feel good.

    13. Chris on said:

      Former engineer and bank manager Mehmet Murat Somer made his international debut with this translation of the first entry into his intriguing Hop-Ciki-Yaya thriller series which draws its name from a 1960's Turkish cheerleading chant and it's characters from the back street clubs of Istanbul's gay scene.The unnamed narrator is a transvestite club manager and computer whiz kid who dons catsuit to discover the perpetrator of a series of murders targeting fellow cross-dressers named after the proph [...]

    14. M M on said:

      The idea of a murderer using some literary or religious concatenation to commit serial crimes is, of course, very old. It has been variously attempted in the 'Christian' world by the likes of Matthew Pearl (The Dante Club) and Arnaud Delalande (The Dante Trap), and in the 'Hindu' world by Ramesh Menon (The Hunt for K). It is now the turn of the Islamic world, and how unlikely a source for it? In any Muslim country other Turkey (or possibly Indonesia), Mehmet Murat Somer himself would not have su [...]

    15. Ian on said:

      Since I’d got bogged down in Orhan Pamuk’s My Name Is Red (and I really do need to finish it off one of these days), I grabbed a copy of this as light alternative piece of Turkish fiction. The narrator is the drag queen owner of a nightclub in Istanbul, and when she hears of other transvestites and transsexuals dying in mysterious circumstances, she decides to investigate. Novels like this – and it’s a series, with four volumes so far translated into English – depend more on voice than [...]

    16. Writerlibrarian on said:

      This was a little darker in tone than the second novel in this series. Both novels felt like first novels in a series in the way the characters are introduced, their quirks and favourites things shown. The plot lines are a bit thin and boil down to transvestites are being murdered because of their real names that are somehow linked in the killer brain to sin. The identity of the killer is not a surprise but the end game set up is. From the light, let's get bag ourselves a killer mood, the reader [...]

    17. Louise on said:

      After reading the blurb on the back cover I thought that I was going to really enjoy this but instead I was just disappointed. I found it flat, with no atmosphere and I just didn't find it or any of the characters in it convincing. I was expecting witty, bitchy banter but found it sadly lacking or maybe they just don't do that in Turkey. The idea behind the murders was a a good one and reminded me of the Boris Starling book, Messiah, though without the transvestites. If you haven't read either b [...]

    18. Chrystyna on said:

      Strange book. Someone is killing transvestites in Istanbul. Each of their 'real' names is that of one of the Prophets. The sleuth is another transvestite who is an IT geek by day and a Transvestite Nightclub Manager by night. The actual 'whodonit' aspect of the book is pretty straightforward (no pun intended), but the interest of the book is the backdrop of 'the girls' and their lives - not exactly my area of expertise.Quite enjoyed it, but won't be rushing off to search out others in the series [...]

    19. Baklavahalva on said:

      Fun enough, dark enough. One character is a rigorist teenager in a wheelchair who's a computer whiz and into S&M. The first book not for class I was able to read in its entirety after moving to Turkey. What's really great is that the author can imagine a group of supporters and lovers for transvestites, which tells me that it's possible, at least in Istanbul.

    20. Saima on said:

      Set in contemporary Istanbul, a serial killer has targeted young transvestites named after prophets. Our "manly girl" takes upon him/herself to solve the mystery. Just enough exoticism, noir and drama. A quick somewhat comic read if you're jonesing for something a bit more exotic than the icy Scandinavian mysteries.

    21. Janitag on said:

      The idea of Turkish drag queens and the promise of the gay scene in Istanbul is the reason I picked up this book. I had no expectations and didn't really think of anything about this book.It read quickly, it was lazy and I didn't really care for the main characters around the story.I have no interest in reading the others from this series; it wasn't impressive.

    22. John on said:

      I really wanted to like this book, but alas the protagonist was obnoxious, and I couldn't get into the transvestite world at all, save Ponpon, who moves in with "our hero", proceeding to drive him bonkers. I'd be willing to give the series another try when the second one appears in translation, but I'm not particularly awaiting that.

    23. Ferdi on said:

      Mr. Sommer is both funny and insane as usual. Fast paced book, it was deliciously campy that I did enjoy reading it within a day. Somehow tho, I wish we'd have more fighting and kick-ass scenes in the book, performed by our beloved abla, Ms. Audrey of course.

    24. Debi on said:

      I had a difficult time with this book, the pacing was slow, protagonist never engaged me and it just wasn't my cup of tea. I enjoy Burdett's book's thought I might enjoy this one. But not even close. May try it at a later date in audio. Sometimes that works for me.

    25. Ann Tonks on said:

      Completely fascinating - the world of transvestites in Istanbul. Our hero/ine is a computer expert, a night club owner and a mystery solver - an unexpected combination. The story is told with wit and grit.

    26. David Grieve on said:

      A very enjoyable story set in the world of Turkish transvestites. The story itself is nothing particularly special but the way it is told is sympathetic, amusing and sometimes slightly shocking. I agree with the other comments about the editing - it's not good!

    27. Neil Plakcy on said:

      I thought this book had an intriguing premise and I liked the narrator -- but I felt it was sadly lacking in any atmosphere. The only way you could tell it was set in Turkey was the prevalence of Turkish names. I would have preferred more local color and insight into what life is like there.

    28. Michael on said:

      Not a whodunit, but a good investigative procedural thriller. Like the first book in the series, Somer gives us a very good portrayal of the transvestite community and its diverse members with Istanbul as the backdrop. I particularly enjoyed the many cultural references throughout the book.

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