There's a fine line between I liked it
and I really liked it
, isn't it? Please agree with me, because I can't decide between 3 and 4 stars. Not important, anyway. I did like it, despite the length, despite all those details referring to names of shahs, miniaturists and all kind of Persian and Turkish art references I wasn't familiar with. Speaking of that, the (excellent) Romanian edition has a very useful glossary at the end of the book, plus the footnotes (did I ever mention I'm a sucker for footnotes?).
The story is quite captivating and it has a little bit of everything - romance, murder, mystery, good VS evil, old/traditional VS new and a huge amount of info about Ottoman culture, art and lifestyle. And, another interesting thing, each chapter is told from a different perspective, whether it's one of the characters or a detail from the miniatures (a tree, a dog or a colour).
Entertaining by all means. Go get it!
(And yes, I guessed right about the murderer. Boy, I'm good!)