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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Learn more about Amazon Prime. Charged by the Sultan to find a stolen painting by Bellini, Yashim the detective enlists the help of his friend Palewski, the Polish Ambassador, and goes undercover. Venice in is a city of empty palazzos and silent canals, and Palewski starts to mingle with Venetian dealers - but when two bodies turn up in the canal, he realises that art in Venice is a deadly business, and it is up to Yashim to attempt to rescue his intrepid friend from forces bigger than they had ever imagined.

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Count Palewiski was a minor character in the previous 2 books, but here has a more prominent role. I thought he rose to the occasion.

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He's not as talented as his friend Yashim is, but that makes him more relatable to me. I was touched by the fact that, after so many years in Istanbul, it took a stay in Venice to make him realize his true home is no longer Poland. Poor Palewiski doesn't seem very convincing in his guise as an American, but luckily for him the people he meets are even less well informed about the country or NYC. And he's too trusting of the people he meets in Venice, but Yashim shows up in time to straighten things out.

All ends as well as could be expected. It was fascinating though somewhat disheartening to read about what Venice and its population were like under Austrian rule. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Bellini Card Yashim the Eunuch, 3 3. Palewski arrives in disguise in down-and-out Venice, where a killer is at large as dealers, faded aristocrats, and other unknown factions seek to uncover the whereabouts of the missing Bellini. But is it the Bellini itself that endangers all, or something associated with its original loss?

Will the Austrians unmask Palewski, or will the killer find him first? Only Yashim can uncover the truth behind the manifold mysteries. Hardcover , pages. Yashim the Eunuch 3. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Bellini Card , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Nov 02, Rob Kitchin rated it liked it. The strengths of The Bellini Card are the sense of place, characterisation, and historical detail.

Goodwin places the reader in both Istanbul and Venice -- the landscape and architecture, the sights, sounds and smells, and the social strata and living conditions. This is aided by a melting pot of nicely drawn characters -- a mix of fading aristocrats, bureaucrats, servants and criminals -- and their interactions con The strengths of The Bellini Card are the sense of place, characterisation, and historical detail. This is aided by a melting pot of nicely drawn characters -- a mix of fading aristocrats, bureaucrats, servants and criminals -- and their interactions conditioned by social standing.

This is all well framed with respect to byzantine politics and the long history of connections between the two cities. The plot, however, is also somewhat byzantine. It might have been because I was tired when reading, but as the story progressed I became increasingly lost as to logic driving the story and I reached the end without really understanding the denouement.

Maybe if I read it again it would become clear, but on first reading the complex weave and twists in the story never fully unravelled to reveal themselves. The result was a tale I enjoyed for the rich portrait of people and places, but where the plot became evermore incidental. Apr 19, Heather rated it liked it Shelves: I listened to this book on audiobook. I always clarify that because I think it significantly affects how you enjoy a book. I like the actor for the most part, but eventually the accents grated on me. I believe it was a bit harder to follow in listening rather than reading, as I'm not an auditory learner and it helps me keep track of the characters to visually see their names.

Several characters have similar names, so this was a bit of a struggle. Overall though it was a great mystery, truly only I listened to this book on audiobook. Overall though it was a great mystery, truly only wrapping up until the very end.

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Half a CD ago I was seriously concerned that I didn't follow the plot and I was maybe a little pathetic, but then all the loose ends were tied in the very last two chapters. I would read more by this author - pleasant, intelligent writing style that's not at all simplistic as I've experienced with popular mystery writers.

There isn't a ton of gore or descriptions of violence, which I also appreciate. Mar 19, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: The Bellini Card is a charming literary get-away to the Istanbul court of the 's and the struggling city of Venice under Hapsburg domination. The principal characters are wonderful and the writing successfully evokes the manners and politics of the era. The author deftly weaves the search for a lost masterwork a Bellini painting into the novel and that creates the mystery and tension which makes it fun for folks who like more than just an historical novel.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Nov 09, Evelyn rated it really liked it Shelves: When the new sultan of Istanbul voices a desire to own a rare painting of Mehmet the Conqueror by Bellini, Investigator Yashim enlists his friend Stanislaw Palewski, the Polish Ambassador, to travel to Venice to locate the painting while posing as a rich American named Signor Brett.

Third historical to feature the eunuch Yashim as an investigator, but can stand alone. Intellectual rather than fast-paced. Complexly plotted with intriguing chracters. Great atmosphere of the time period.

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Jan 01, Vivienne rated it really liked it Shelves: I found this a cracking good, intelligent mystery with plenty of surprises along the way. The book is very rich in its descriptions and Goodwin recreates the faded splendour of 19th century Venice with the same skill he has applied to Istanbul in all three novels. I appreciated the author's end note about the Bellini portrait, which does exist, and how it came into the possession of Britain's National Gallery.

A delightful series of historical mysteries that I hope will continue. Jason Goodwin has become one of my favorite authors. In this novel Yashim lalla eunuch sends his friend the Polish ambassador to Venice to find a portrait of the Sultan's ancestor Memhet by Bellini. Goodwin's up to par with intrigue, romance, mystery, and more local color than most authors. Plot turns and twists that will leave your head spinning.


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I am ready for his next book. Jul 22, Suzanne Kittrell rated it really liked it. Just one word sums up this book for me. The plot, the characters and the settings. This book is about a search for a painting by an enuch in the s.

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A fairly good read once I put on by history cap and tried to remember what was going on in the world at that time and during the Bellini's time. Dec 27, Cynthia rated it liked it. Not as good as The Snake Stone. The writing and descriptions are so good and the characters are so likeable that I kept reading and enjoying all the way to the end. But the plot is murky and illogical and it jumps around a lot, often even midstream in chapters that are only 1 or 2 pages long.

Mar 16, Sallyflood rated it really liked it. A great inside look at the court of the Ottoman Empire, Yashim is a enuch in the court and a detective at heart. He and his friend the Polish ambassador are in Venice looking for a rare painting by Bellini.


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So far the only siting is a bloated body in the main canal. Jan 29, Diana Sandberg rated it it was amazing. I have enjoyed all of this series. I like Yashim and I liked the expanded role of the Polish ambassador in this one. A Novel Author s: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Availability: The Bellini Card Author s: Whole Story Audiobooks Availability: The Bellini Card unabridged audio book Author s: