Barbara Nadel

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Barbara Nadel is an English crime-writer. Many of her books are set in Turkey, others in London's East End.


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 was the patron of The Acorn Group in Shrewsbury,[1][2] a charity (now apparently closed following a cut in funding[3][4]) caring for those in emotional and mental distress.

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

Until late 2014 Barbara Nadel lived in "the wilds of the north of England" with her husband and six axolotls,[5] her "very demanding Persian cat" having died on 23 December 2011,[6] but then moved from the Pennines to "a small village in Essex just outside London".[7] Her son is a published academic.[8]


Barbara Nadel has written seventeen 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 audiobooks 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,[9] although the published book used Barbara Nadel.[10]

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)[11]
  16. Body Count (2014)[12]
  17. Land of the Blind (2015)[13]

Francis Hancock[edit]

Published by Headline

  1. Last Rights (2005)
  2. After the Mourning (2006)
  3. Ashes to Ashes (2008)
  4. Sure and Certain Death (2009)

Hakim & Arnold[edit]

Published by Quercus

  1. A Private Business (2012)
  2. An Act of Kindness (2013)
  3. Poisoned Ground (2014)[14]
  4. Enough Rope (2015)[15]


  1. ^ The Acorn Group home page. Accessed 17 September 2015
  2. ^ The Acorn Group pamphlet (large JPG). Accessed 17 September 2014
  3. ^ Shewsbury Chronicle article. Accessed 17 September 2014
  4. ^ UK Charity Commission Register of Charities entry. Accessed 17 September 2014
  5. ^ Tweet at 2:40 AM on 19 April 2012 Accessed 15 July 2012.
  6. ^ Barbara Nadel writing in her International Crime Authors Reality Check blog. Accessed 15 July 2012
  7. ^ Barbara Nadel writing in her International Crime Authors Reality Check blog. Accessed 14 April 2015
  8. ^ Barbara Nadel writing in her International Crime Authors Reality Check blog. Accessed 12 April 2011
  9. ^ Quercus blog entry, 24 Jan 2011. Accessed 21 June 2011
  10. ^ Amazon UK page. Accessed 15 July 2012
  11. ^ Headline web site. Accessed 16 July 2012
  12. ^ Headline web site. Accessed 17 September 2014
  13. ^ Headline web site. Accessed 17 September 2014
  14. ^ Quercus web site. Accessed 17 September 2014
  15. ^ Quercus web site. Accessed 2 September 2015

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