Barbara Nadel

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Barbara Nadel is an English crime-writer. Many of her books are set in Turkey.


Born in the East End of London, Barbara Nadel trained as an actress before becoming a writer. Now writing full-time, she has previously worked as a public relations officer for the National Schizophrenia Fellowship's Good Companion Service and as a mental health advocate for the mentally disordered in a psychiatric hospital. She has also worked with sexually abused teenagers and taught psychology in schools and colleges, and is currently the patron of a charity that cares for those in emotional and mental distress.

She has been a regular visitor to Turkey for more than twenty-five years.

Barbara Nadel currently lives in "the wilds of the north of England" with her husband and six axolotls,[1] her "very demanding Persian cat" having died on 23 December 2011.[2] Her son is a published academic.[3]


Barbara Nadel has written thirteen books in her series about Çetin İkmen, a chain-smoking and hard-drinking detective on the Istanbul police force, and his colleagues Mehmet Süleyman, Balthazar Cohen and Armenian pathologist Arto Sarkissian. These have been translated into a number of languages, including Turkish, as well as being released as Audio books in English and German.

Her second crime series, set in West Ham in the East End of London during The Blitz, features undertaker Francis Hancock.

In January 2011 Quercus announced the signing of Ms Nadel to write a new crime series set in the modern-day East End, to be published starting Summer 2012 under the name B J Nadel,[4] although the published book used Barbara Nadel.[5]

Other published works include short stories in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine plus British magazines My Weekly and Woman's Own, and travel pieces for British newspapers The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent and US food magazine Saveur.


2005 winner of the CWA Silver Dagger (for Deadly Web)

2006 winner of "Jury" magazine's Flintyxan ("Flint Axe") award for Best Historical Crime Novel (for Dödlig rättvisa, Marianne Alstermark's Swedish translation of Last Rights)

2008 winner of the London Borough of Redbridge Big Red Read Book of the Year for Ashes to Ashes

2010 winner of the London Borough of Redbridge Big Red Read Crime Fiction of the Year for Sure and Certain Death

2013 Derringer Finalist for short story Nain Rouge published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine


Çetin İkmen[edit]

Published by Headline

  1. Belshazzar's Daughter (1999)
  2. A Chemical Prison (aka The Ottoman Cage) (2000)
  3. Arabesk (2001)
  4. Deep Waters (2002)
  5. Harem (2003)
  6. Petrified (2004)
  7. Deadly Web (2005)
  8. Dance With Death (2006)
  9. A Passion for Killing (2007)
  10. Pretty Dead Things (2007)
  11. River of the Dead (2009)
  12. Death by Design (2010)
  13. A Noble Killing (2011)
  14. Dead of Night (2012)
  15. Deadline (2013)[6]

Francis Hancock[edit]

Published by Headline

  • Last Rights (2005)
  • After the Mourning (2006)
  • Ashes to Ashes (2008)
  • Sure and Certain Death (2009)

Hakim & Arnold[edit]

Published by Quercus

  • A Private Business (2012)
  • An Act of Kindness (2013)


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