Barbara Nadel - Author

About the Author

Trained as an actress, Barbara Nadel used to work in mental health services. Born in the East End of London, she now lives in Lancashire and writes full time.

Featured books by Barbara Nadel

Poisoned Ground A Hakim and Arnold Mystery

Poisoned Ground A Hakim and Arnold Mystery

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Ex-soldier Lee Arnold and his Muslim assistant Mumtaz Hakim run a detective agency in London's ethnically diverse, crime-ridden East End. Mumtaz is approached by an Egyptian woman, Salwa, whose husband is in Belmarsh on terrorism charges. Salwa convinces Mumtaz of her husband's innocence and persuades her to go undercover to prove it. But Salwa is not what she seems. Trapped in an old tunnel that leads to the London docks, will Mumtaz escape with her life?

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Poisoned Ground A Hakim and Arnold Mystery

Poisoned Ground A Hakim and Arnold Mystery

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Ex-soldier Lee Arnold and his Muslim assistant Mumtaz Hakim run a detective agency in London's ethnically diverse, crime-ridden East End. Mumtaz is approached by an Egyptian woman, Salwa, whose husband is in Belmarsh on terrorism charges. Salwa convinces Mumtaz of her husband's innocence and persuades her to go undercover to prove it. But Salwa is not what she seems. Trapped in an old tunnel that leads to the London docks, will Mumtaz escape with her life?

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Body Count

Body Count

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Any bloody death will lead Inspectors Cetin Ikmen and Mehmet Suleyman out onto the dark streets of Istanbul. On 21 January, a half-decapitated corpse in the poor multicultural district of Tarlabasi poses a particularly frustrating and gruesome mystery. But as the months pass and the violence increases, it turns into a hunt for that rare phenomenon in the golden city on the Bosphorus: a serial killer. Desperate to uncover the killer's twisted logic as the body count rises, Ikmen and Suleyman find only more questions. How are the victims connected? What is the significance of the number 21? And how many Istanbullus must die before they find the answers?

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An Act of Kindness A Hakim and Arnold Mystery

An Act of Kindness A Hakim and Arnold Mystery

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2014

Lee Arnold and Mumtaz Hakim run a detective agency in London's East End. But their latest case could have devastating consequences. A new client, Nasreen, has sought Hakim's help. Recently moved to a new house, and with a baby on the way, this should be an exciting time - but Nasreen has made friends in the community that she cannot tell her husband, Abdullah, about. And when a murder takes place close to their home, Nasreen suspects that Abdullah also has something to hide. This case is a challenge for the agency, but provides a timely warning to Mumtaz - debts spiralling, her life is in danger of spinning out of control. Both women are on a path towards destruction, as the consequences of ignoring their instincts become ever more dangerous...

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Other books by Barbara Nadel

Forfeit (Ikmen Mystery 23)

Forfeit (Ikmen Mystery 23)

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2021

GREED, LUST AND BETRAYAL LEAD TO MURDER in Barbara Nadel's twenty-third Ikmen mystery, as Ikmen and Suleyman work to uncover a tragic tale of dark secrets and double lives... In the early hours of the morning, Turkish TV star Erol Gencer is found dead at his home on the outskirts of Istanbul. But he is not alone. Beside him lies a Syrian refugee whose stomach has been split open with a cheese knife. Did Gencer kill his guest before committing suicide, or are they victims of a sinister double murder? The dead Syrian is soon identified as Wael Al Hussain, whose wife, Samira, is in prison for attempting to kill Gencer a year ago. At the time, no one believed Samira's story that Gencer's wife had planned the attack, but now Samira's sister begs Cetin Ikmen to re-examine her claim. Meanwhile, Inspector Mehmet Suleyman is on leave with his teenage son, Patrick, who is visiting from Ireland, but when Detective Kerim Gursel's transsexual ex-lover, Pembe, is also murdered, shortly after confessing that Wael Al Hussain had used her for sexual favours, Suleyman knows he must help Kerim solve this complex case. Entering a world of the Syrian diaspora, where tales of mythical storytellers abound, Ikmen and Suleyman uncover a tragic tale of dark secrets and double lives where nothing is at it seems...

Blood Business (Ikmen Mystery 22)

Blood Business (Ikmen Mystery 22)

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Brothers Ugur and Lokman Bulut are locked in a bitter inheritance battle and need a sample of their mother's DNA to contest her Will. But when her body is exhumed, her corpse is found to be missing and a fresh body, with its heart removed, has been put in her grave. Assigned to the case, Inspector Mehmet Suleyman quickly realises that the heart has been illegally harvested, and his team has a murder inquiry on its hands. Meanwhile, retired inspector Cetin Ikmen is tracking down a missing person: Sevval Kalkan, a once-famous actress, who has joined an underground movement called the Moral Maze, whose mission is to help the destitute living on Istanbul's streets. The unidentified body in the grave cannot be Sevval's, but her shocking reappearance leads Ikmen to fear that she, too, is a victim of organ harvesting... Joining forces, Suleyman and Ikmen confront Istanbul's darkest underbelly to expose the horrifying truth of a city in crisis.

A Knife to the Heart (Ikmen Mystery 21)

A Knife to the Heart (Ikmen Mystery 21)

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/09/2019

The twenty-first chilling Istanbul crime thriller starring Cetin Ikmen, 'the Morse of Istanbul' (Daily Telegraph), from Silver Dagger Award-winning author Barbara Nadel. Not to be missed by fans of Donna Leon. A derelict villa near Istanbul holds dark spirits, secrets and murder... Retired inspector Cetin Ikmen must confront his demons to reveal the shocking truth behind a young girl's death... When historian Suzan Tan is asked to examine the contents of a derelict villa on the Bosphorus, she is intrigued to discover a Ouija board among the artefacts. Forty years ago, a young girl was found with a knife in her heart in this villa. It is said that before her death this very Ouija board spelled out her name.The verdict was suicide - but what if it was a brutal act of murder and her killer was still walking free? Suzan asks Ikmen to solve the case, and despite his reluctance to get involved, he soon finds himself drawn into the mystery. With the help of his friend Inspector Suleyman, Ikmen delves into Istanbul's dark underbelly to uncover a terrifying tale of secrets, lies and murder.

Incorruptible (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 20)

Incorruptible (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 20)

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2018

'Inspector Ikmen thrillers combine brightly coloured scene setting with deliciously tortuous plots' Guardian INCORRUPTIBLE is the gripping new Istanbul crime thriller starring Inspector Ikmen, 'the Morse of Istanbul' (Daily Telegraph), from award-winning author Barbara Nadel. Not to be missed by fans of Donna Leon. In the backstreets of Istanbul, a young woman's body is found. Dumped in a dustbin and covered in cut flowers, she is the victim of a frenzied and vicious stabbing. Inspector Ikmen discovers that the woman was well known in Istanbul. Newspapers had been calling her the blessed woman; cured of cancer in a Christian miracle and a proclaimed messenger of the Virgin Mary. These controversial claims had made her fierce enemies in the predominantly Islamic community and she had unwittingly stirred up divisions amongst the Christians of the city. But as Ikmen digs further into the case he uncovers powerful hatred and dark secrets lurking within her family. And to find the truth he must delve into a toxic world of fear, concealment and lies. The question is: was this a killing in the name of faith or does the answer lie somewhere else?

The House of Four (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 19)

The House of Four (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 19)

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/05/2017

THE HOUSE OF FOUR is the brand new Istanbul crime thriller featuring Inspector Ikmen, 'the Morse of Istanbul' (Daily Telegraph) from Barbara Nadel. Perfect for fans of Donna Leon. Everyone in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Moda knows the Devil's House. A crumbling Ottoman mansion, and once the home of a princess, it is a place associated with ill fortune. The princess's four children, now in old age, still live in separate apartments on different floors and are rumoured never to speak to each other. Then one of them is found dead, stabbed through the heart, and it is discovered that the other three siblings have met an identical fate. There is no sign of forced entry or burglary, and all evidence must be gained from letters and diaries, but as Inspector Ikmen digs into their past it becomes clear they have been harbouring a secret... Meanwhile a young couple are arrested for a series of seemingly random killings on the streets of Istanbul. They claim to have been squatting in the Devil's House. But this fiendish mystery is far from over and it will take Inspector Ikmen to the darkest and most devilish depths of this ancient city.

Enough Rope

Enough Rope

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2016

Private investigator and ex-soldier Lee Arnold and superintendent Paul Venus are by no means friends, but when Venus' son Harry is kidnapped and ransom demands arrive from an address in Arnold's patch in east London, the superintendent doesn't know who else to turn to. Arnold and his partner Mumtaz Hakim soon find themselves chasing leads into several of the East End's uneasily coexisting communities. Mumtaz uncovers a link to one of the area's powerful Bangladeshi families, whose property empire has always seemed suspicious, while Arnold suspects the involvement of more old-fashioned East End gangsters, and wonders if some of the nastier rumours about Venus himself might be true. And neither Mumtaz nor Lee like the look of the children of the super-rich, arriving in droves in the trendy parts of Hoxton and Shoreditch and living in luxury just a stone's throw from grinding urban poverty. The truth, however, is stranger and more dangerous than either Arnold or Hakim imagine. Enough Rope is a powerful and thrilling novel of London's ever-evolving dark side.

On the Bone (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 18)

On the Bone (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 18)

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2016

The brand-new Istanbul crime thriller staring Inspector Cetin Ikmen, 'the Morse of Istanbul' (Daily Telegraph), from Barbara Nadel. ON THE BONE is perfect for fans of Donna Leon. In Istanbul - the golden city on the Bosphorus - ancient myths and modern evils are at work... On a buzzing street in the fashionable district of Beyoglu, a young man drops dead. UEmit Kavas's death was natural but the autopsy betrays a shocking truth: his last meal was human flesh. Under desperate pressure from their superiors, Inspector Cetin Ikmen and his colleague Mehmet Suleyman begin their most obscure investigation yet. How did UEmit Kavas, apparently a good, liberal man, come to partake in the greatest taboo of all? Did he act alone? And who was his victim? Soon they find themselves embroiled in a dark web of underground worlds: of Turkey's old secular elite; a community of squatters; and a new gastronomy scene breaking every boundary. But where does the truth lie?

Anatolischer Totentanz

Anatolischer Totentanz

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/07/2015

Eifersucht und Mord in KappadokienIn einer abgelegenen Hhle im beschaulichen Kappadokien wird eine Leiche entdeckt. Die Frau starb an einer Schusswunde, vor ber zwanzig Jahren. Inspektor O etin A kmen reist aus Istanbul in die Provinz, um die Ermittlungen zu leiten. Wurde die Frau von ihrem Liebhaber gettet, aus Verzweiflung, weil sie einem anderen gehrte? Oder von ihrem Ehemann, weil er von ihr nicht den Sohn bekam, auf den er glaubte, ein Anrecht zu haben? Als bekannt wird, dass die Tote schwanger gewesen war, kochen die Gerchte und Anschuldigungen hoch. O etin A kmen, der sich von den Traditionen und der Folklore der Gegend eingeengt fhlt, frchtet, diesen Fall nie lsen zu knnen. Nur eins steht fest: in Kappadokien ist die Vergangenheit so mchtig wie die Gegenwart. "e;Voller Farben und Bildern, frisch und lebendig"e; The Times"e;Inspektor A kmen ist eine Mann mit groer Familie, groem Herzen und einem wahrhaft erschreckenden Zigarettenkonsum"e; NDRMidnight: Seite fr Seite Nervenkitzel.

Tod am Bosporus

Tod am Bosporus

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/06/2015

Der Teufel von IstanbulEigentlich ist es ein glcklicher Auftakt: O etin A kmens Tochter heiratet und natrlich wird das nach trkischer Sitte ein riesiges Familienfest. Die religisen Bedenken versucht der eher schweigsame, aber aufgeschlossene A kmen auszurumen: "e;Eine Muslima und ein Jude, die dieser hasserfllten Welt hoffentlich zeigen, wie man nach vorne blickt."e; Dann muss er dienstlich werden. Am Ufer des Bosporus wird eine Frau tot aufgefunden. Scheinbar hat sie sich selbst ins Herz gestochen, doch der Pathologe erkennt schnell, dass es kein Suizid war. Die Jagd nach dem grausamen Mrder fhrt Inspektor O etin A kmen und seinen Kollegen Sleyman in ganz ungewohnte Gefilde. "e;Allah steh uns bei!"e;Der Brunetti von Istanbul - Inspektor A kmen lst seinen siebten Fall"e;Geheimnisvoll"e; Mnchner Merkur"e;Atmosphrische und spannende Einblicke in die moderne Trkei"e; Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten"e;Nadel bietet beste Voraussetzungen, die moralinsauren 'Brunettis' von der Gondel zu schubsen."e; Die WeltFr diesen Roman gewann Barbara Nadel den renommierten CWA Dagger Award. Midnight: Seite fr Seite Nervenkitzel.

Schleier des Todes

Schleier des Todes

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/05/2015

"e;Nirgendwo gibt es so viele Orte, eine Leiche zu verstecken, wie in Istanbul."e; Barbara NadelIm Sommer sthnt Istanbul unter der Hitze. Eine Hitze, die auch den vernnftigsten Einwohner ein wenig durchdrehen lsst Eine ltere Frau wird tot in ihrer Wohnung gefunden. Neben ihr die Leiche eines jungen Mannes, der aussieht, als wre er gestern erst gestorben. Doch der Pathologe schwrt, dass der Mann bereits seit Jahren tot ist. In der Polizei von Istanbul geniet Inspektor O etin A kmen grte Hochachtung fr seine Ermittlungserfolge. Es heit, er habe besondere Fhigkeiten. Er "e;sieht"e; die schrecklichen Antworten auf seine Fragen. Und in diesem Sommer sorgt Inspektor A kmen sich um seinen Assistenten Sleyman, der auf gefhrlichen Abwegen ist. Womit er sich nicht nur selbst kompromittiert, sondern auch die Ermittlungen. O etin A kmen nimmt alle Fden auf und entwirrt das Muster des Verbrechens. "e;First-Class-Crime aus Istanbul - klasse!"e; Freundin "e;Atmosphrisch dicht und mit glaubhaften Figuren"e; Sonntagszeitung Zrich

Belsazars Tochter

Belsazars Tochter

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/04/2015

Instanbul - Eine Stadt und ihre GeheimnisseEin Mord schreckt das jdische Viertel in Istanbul auf. Die Mordkommission schickt ihren besten Mann: Inspektor O etin A kmen, Kettenraucher, Brandy-Trinker, Ehemann einer glubigen Muslima (die sein Trinken berhaupt nicht mag) und Vater von acht. Ein farbenfrohes Labyrinth von Verdchtigungen, Schuldzuweisungen und falschen Fhrten macht Barbara Nadels Krimidebut zu etwas ganz Besonderem. Und O etin A kmen steht fr Istanbul wie Guido Brunetti fr Venedig und Georges Dupin fr die Bretagne. "e;Die Donna Leon von Istanbu, die Martha Grimes vom Bosporus."e; Die Welt"e;Bester Kriminalroman einer Debtautorin"e; The Independent"e;Erfrischend, geheimnisvoll und ein starkes Debt. Istanbul ist die perfekte Krimi-Stadt."e; The TimesMidnight: Seite fr Seite Nervenkitzel.

Der glaserne Kafig

Der glaserne Kafig

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/04/2015

Warum hat der 20-jahrige Sohn einer alteingesessenen Familie niemals deren Istanbuler Wohnung verlassen? War der Tote ein Gefangener im goldenen Kafig? Besonders merkwurdig: Der junge Turke hatte nur einen Besucher - ein elegant gekleideter Armenier. Inspektor O etin Ikmen begibt sich auf die Spur dieses mysteriosen Todesfalls, wie immer mit Brandy und Zigaretten im Gepack - ganz zum Arger seiner Frau. Ebenfalls dabei ist Ikmens Freund seit Kindertagen, Dr. Arto Sarkissian. Er ist forensischer Pathologe fur die Istanbuler Mordkommission. Und Armenier. Ikmen fragt sich, ob dies der Grund ist, warum sein Freund so besorgt ist. Exzellente Spannung in der aufwuhlenden Grostadtatmosphare Istanbuls. Der zweite Krimi mit Inspektor Ikmen. Ein stimmungsvolles Eintauchen in die Gassen und Geheimnisse von Istanbul. "e;Nadels groe Strke sind die Stimmungen einer multi-nationalen Grostadt mit ihren zwischenmenschlichen, sozialen und kulturellen Spannungen."e; Hrzu"e;Der zweite Krimi ist noch strker als Barbara Nadels Debt, Belsazars Tochter. Ein ungewhnlicher Ermittler in einer Stadt voller Legenden. Ein gutes Buch."e; Bookseller"e;Spannend und sehr atmosphrisch"e; Evening Standard "e;Ein Istanbul-Krimi fr alle, die die Stadt kennen oder kennenlernen wollen."e; The Independent

Land of the Blind (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 17)

Land of the Blind (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 17)

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2015

A body is found in the ruined Constantinople hippodrome: a woman, clutching a piece of red stone. She's recently given birth, but there's no sign of the baby. Inspector Cetin Ikmen discovers she was a Byzantine specialist on a crusade to protect the historic but now squalid areas of Istanbul that her enemy, property developer Ahmet Oden, seeks to destroy and rebuild. As Ikmen searches for the lost child and the truth behind her death, the people of Istanbul rise up in protest against their government in Gezi Park, and the city lurches into chaos and anger. Against this background, Ikmen will unravel a tale of ancient hostility and modern desires, where the truth is concealed within the secret history of this antique city.

Belshazzar's Daughter

Belshazzar's Daughter

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Ebook Release Date: 29/04/2014

When a brutal murder shocks Istanbul's rundown Jewish quarter, the Turkish police force unleashes their best weapon - the chain-smoking, brandy-swilling Inspector Cetin Ikmen, husband to a strict Muslim woman (who disapproves of his drinking) and loving father of eight (with another on the way). With a colorful, multi-layered setting and a delicious labyrinthine plot, Barbara Nadel's Belshazzar's Daughter is a stunning and evocative crime debut, and Inspector Ikmen will surely join the ranks of beloved foreign cops Aureilo Zen and Guido Brunetti.

Ottoman Cage

Ottoman Cage

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Ebook Release Date: 31/12/2013

Barbara Nadel's The Ottoman Cage is a spicy thriller set in Istanbul's back alleys.When a brutal murder shocks Istanbul's rundown Jewish quarter, the Turkish police force unleashes their best weapon - the chain-smoking, brandy-swilling Inspector Cetin Ikmen, husband to a strict Muslim woman (who disapproves of his drinking) and loving father of eight (with another on the way). With such a colorful personality and unrivaled investigative powers, Ikmen will surely join the ranks of beloved foreign cops Aureilo Zen and Guido Brunetti.

Deadline (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 15)

Deadline (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 15)

Author: Barbara Nadel Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/06/2013

When Cetin Ikmen is invited to a murder mystery evening at Istanbul's famous Pera Palas Hotel he finds himself embroiled in a deadly game of life imitating art. Walking in the steps of the great Agatha Christie, Ikmen experiences fear and hatred which have echoes deep in his own past.

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