Has anyone else noticed….?

…That the cover of the new E.L “50 Shades of Grey” James book is a blatant rip-off of my novel “Evil Eye”?


Evil Eye paper cover

I think my cover is prettier, though, and I bet my novel is much more interesting than hers as well! I wrote it based on my experiences living in misty Istanbul for a year.

Have you read it?

What did you think?



Istanbul beckons Celeste Hamilton like a siren. Entranced by the misty city of mosques, bazaars, and palaces, her dream adventure in this city, split by the sparkling blue sea, soon turns into a nightmare.

A web of deceit pulls Celeste from bright, sunlit streets into shady back alleys along the ancient Bosphorus. Without understanding, she’s stumbled onto a villainous secret. Her landlady lets slip puzzling comments that don’t make sense. The sinister charms and dark magic spells she places in Celeste’s room are horrifying.

Then, the morose caretaker of the orphanage where Celeste volunteers starts staring at Celeste’s beloved boys like a vulture sizing up its next meal. When Celeste’s favourite boy goes missing, Celeste discovers that she herself is the target of a dark plot.

Can Celeste save the child – and herself – before someone destroys her?


“Celeste came to Istanbul to teach English just for one year but has experiences which will change her whole life: Only step by step she realizes that she has become victim of an evil plot against her life, involving magic and the furor of a woman fighting for a man.
By living in the household of a rich Turkish family Celeste is compassionately involved in culture and society of the country. Be it richness and poorness, the Turkish ideas of the relationship of the sexes, magic and superstition as well as freemasonic enlightenment, the morbid beauty of Istanbul, or stories from Istanbul’s rich history as well as from Turkish tradition (such as Nasreddin Hoca or the sultan’s harem): Celeste experiences this all with critical openess and brings joy and love into the life of others.”



“This is the first book I read by veronica Di Grigoli and I loved the atmosphere of Istanbul that it provoked. Even though it’s a story of danger and tension, it made me really want to visit the city – though I almost feel as if I have after reading this. It’s the kind of book that stays on your mind for a long time after you’ve read it.”



14 thoughts on “Has anyone else noticed….?

      1. I struck someone off my Christmas card list when she told me she’d read it! She didn’t enjoy it at all but I couldn’t believe she’d actually wasted her money and read it to the end. She was never what you might call a friend, however!

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    1. The success of her book does get me worried about the intelligence level of the general population….

      I also find “election syndrome” going on. Like David Cameron – he got elected, but I’ve never met anyone who’s actually voted for him. Nobody in Italy has ever voted for Silvio Berlusconi. Nobody has ever bought “50 Shades of Grey” yet it’s the greatest bestseller since the Bible.
      I feel a conspiracy theory coming on!

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  1. Your cover is definitely more eye-catching, and I have no doubt that the content is such more interesting. I haven’t been tempted to read 50 shades of mediocrity, and its successor will suffer the same fate.Mr and Mrs average appear to be fans of voyeurism – here in France, Valérie Trierweiler’s book designed to get her revenge on Hollande was ripped off the bookshelves by people who had decided overnight to upgrade from Closer magazine to a ‘real book’ with words containing more than two syllables. I doubt that they’ve picked a book up since. As the author was a “journalist” with Paris Match, maybe her style was adapted to their reading abilities… Cat claws retracted.

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    1. I think you hit the nail on the head with the word “voyeurism” – people who are too scared to peer through their neighbours curtains but they would like to, so they do the next best thing…
      This is reminding me of that old joke about the US President’s library catching fire: Both his books were burned, and he hadn’t even finished colouring one of them.


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