My romantic suspense, The Turkish Affair is also a journey to a foreign country. The story begins when archaeologist Renaud Townsend discovers translator Anne Pierson wandering around the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu in Turkey, his interest is aroused. He likes the way she moves, the swing of her hair, and the tilt of her eyes, and he wants to get to know her.
But Anne Pierson has been hiding out for years and has given up on dreams of love. What man would be interested in a woman once notorious for her extra-marital affair with an embezzler? But after meeting Renaud Townsend, her fingers long to reach out, caress the hardness of his chest, and the lazy tones of his voice turn her butter soft.
No matter how strong the attraction between Renaud and Anne, romance seems out of the question. Priceless artifacts have been disappearing, the political situation is unstable, the local police are corrupt, and life in this part of Turkey can be very dangerous.
Here are Five Facts about this book:
1. Most of the incidents described in my mystery, The Turkish Affair, really did happen. Like my heroine, I also worked as a tour guide and translator in Turkey.
2. I was once rescued from a very dangerous situation by a brave rebellious young woman name Leyla — you can read about her in The Turkish Affair. I also met corrupt and violent police officers like Bulduk.
3. I once accompanied archaeologists down to the coast when they were summoned by the police to identify stolen coins. This is described in The Turkish Affair.
4. One day, while on a bus and passing through an archaeological site in Turkey, I briefly caught sight of a lean and elegant man heading toward a jumble of smashed pillars. Caught in a blaze of sunlight, his golden hair gleamed. He became the inspiration for my hero, Renaud Townsend.
5. All the characters in the book, Asim, Apo, Leyla, Bob, Lisa, are based on real people, and all the incidents really did happen.
The Turkish Affair by J. Arlene Culiner
Love and Danger at the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu
Priceless artifacts are disappearing from the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu in Turkey, and the site director has vanished. Called in to solve the mystery, archaeologist Renaud Townsend is hindered by both his inability to speak the language and the knowledge that the local police are corrupt. His attraction to translator Anne Pierson is immediate, although he is troubled by her refusal to talk about the past and her fear of public scandal. But when murder enters the picture, both Anne and Renaud realize that the risk of falling in love is not the only danger.
About the author
Writer, photographer, social critical artist, musician, and occasional actress, J. Arlene Culiner, was born in New York and raised in Toronto. She has crossed much of Europe on foot, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cavedwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted house on the English moors. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest and, much to local dismay, protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. She particularly enjoys incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities, and her conversations with strange characters.