I'd read good reviews of this critically-acclaimed book, so I decided to pick it up.
It's sort-of a murder mystery set in 16th-century Turkey, by a Turkish author.
I say sort-of, because although the plot definitely features a murdered artist, and his group of colleagues, one of whom killed him - which one, we do not find out till the very end - the book as a whole is more concerned with the differences between Western and Eastern traditional art, which in turn reflects on the differences between cultures - and with the culture of Turkish Islam, in general. And - I found it to be a bit surprising - I also found it to be subtly but viciously critical of that culture.
This was an extremely well-crafted book, and very worth reading - but, I have to admit, it was a bit slow going!"