Young Russian detective Erast Fandorin is saved from the first of many attempts on his life by a Byron corset. He can’t afford the device which. This is the first book featuring Erast Fandorin, a gentleman sleuth who solves murders and mysteries in tsarist Russia. A 23 year old law student commits suicide. Continues Excerpted from The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin Copyright © by Boris Akunin. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved.

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For the first half of this book, I was of the opinion that this was an ‘ok’ crime thriller, but one like a few others I have read which felt a bit thin.

Akunin has the opportunity to create a really awesome detective, a Russian James Bond, if you will – yet I found Fandorin to be rather a wiener. He interviews Elizaveta, and immediately falls in love with her. Its plot tangles well, but not too confusingly, and there is a good array of suspects and red herrings to maintain a reader’s interest. Akunin set out to rectify the akunih reputation of the mystery genre in post-USSR Russia by writing worthy literature and exploring the wide gamut of sub-genres.

Further investigation reveals that Kokorin was playing Russian roulette called “American roulette” in the novel with another university student, Akhtyrtsev.

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He’s a year-old detective, still wet around the ears, who uncovers a plot for world domination. Erast Fandorin 1 Author s: Thank god for Wikipedia for those of us who live under rocks. Sep 01, Jest rated it did not like it. Winger pleasant enough company but I didn’t really care about him. I can now understand how Akunin’s Erast Fandorin series all eleven books of it is so popular. We have noticed that there is an issue with your qqueen billing details.


Review: Fiction: The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin trans by Andrew Bromfield

A Novel Author s: Fyodor Bondarchuk is set to direct the English-language film version of Azazel with Paul Verhoeven as producer. Erast is a fourteenth-class state functionary, serving a police official as amanuensis and errand-boy.

Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Chkartishvili, a Russian writer and academic who also worked as a translator of Japanese literature into Russian. Magpie Murders Anthony Horowitz. The novel ends with a dazed Fandorin walking the streets of Moscow, his hair having turned gray at the temples due to his shock over his wife’s death. The story is enhanced by its authentic backdrop of nineteenth century Russia.

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The novel opens on 13 May with a university student, Pyotr Kokorin, committing suicide in the public park in front of a beautiful young noblewoman, Elizaveta von Evert-Kolokoltseva. A 23 year old law student commits suicide in broad daylight in Moscow’s Alexander Gardens. This is a brilliant book. The love story is more or less just pasted upon the rest – to build up to future books in the series, sort of, I guess.

He follows Bezhetskaya to her home, where she spends her time toying with the many men who come to visit.

Erast Wintee, a young man from a good Russian family fallen on hard times has a very junior position in the police service. There’s a dark twist at the end that has me anxious to continue in this series. The police are left baffled, but one enterprising young man, Erast Fandorin, sees that there must be more under the surface. So what does he have going for him?

Trivia About The Winter Queen The murder of Akhtyrtsev brings a great deal of attention to what had seemed a routine case. Return to Book Page.

I’ve written a condensed review of the whole series on my website. His novels wintet full of humor and suspense and there are parts that made me laugh aloud. Dec 11, Neil rated it it was amazing Shelves: Retrieved 19 May The man takes borus a revolver, puts it up to his head, and informs a young girl sitting there with her governess that unless she kisses him, he’s going to blow his wijter out.


Aknuin plot is a wonderful series of twists and turns, none of which I expected. De Telegraaf in Dutch. Some historical crime thrillers feel to me a bit like once the well-researched chosen cultural and chronological aspects are stripped away, you’re not left with akknin except a simple story dressed up in unusual words.

Young Erast Fandorin of the Criminal Investigation Department is eager to prove himself so he investigates the suicide and discovers that it was more of a suicide pact – or actually, a feud over a woman where two young men takes turn wintet American roulette – and joking about how it will be re-named Russian roulette because of them.

What to Expect Each novel is written as a different type of mystery. I want to like this guy because he’s Russian, but I’m wondering if maybe I have a problem with contemporary Russian authors ugh, Victor Pelevin and may just need to stick to the classic Russian writers who had to write to save their lives. I don’t know if the charm of this novel translates well into English, but in its original Akujin language this short historical mystery is delicious.

In 19th century Russia, young Fandorin yearns to do exciting police work. He also tends to get involved with a different femme fatale in each book.

It’s the first in a long series and I’m interested enough to want to read on, however, I was a bit disappointed, though perhaps my expectations were too high?