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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And I’m not normally one to guess anything ahead of time. 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. Fandorin is not satisfied with the conclusion that this is an open-and-shut case, nor with the preliminary detective work the precinct has done—and for good reason: View all 14 comments.
Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your subscription. I liked getting a feel for Russia and Europe during the late 19th century – and how different detective work stretching across nations must’ve been before the telephone and internet.
Lady Astair is helpful to Fandorin, who leaves her school convinced of her innocence and impressed by her charitable mission.
And never really cared about any of the characters. See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits I didn’t realise when I read The Turkish Gambit the second in this series a couple of years ago, that Akunin apparently wrote each of the novels in the style of a different literary genre. By the time I got to that ending I was in two minds as to whether or not I was enjoying myself.
Other books in iwnter series. This page was last edited on 29 June witner, at What to Expect Each novel is written as a different type of mystery. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
He also tends to get involved with a different femme fatale in each queeb. It’s well-paced adventure tale that doesn’t take itself too seriously so, although Akunin creates a good sense of lates Moscow and London, there are also plenty of dastardly deeds and the te moustache twirl! Azazel was filmed for Russian television in He then discovers this a part of the “American Roulette” which was very well portrayed in the movie The Deer Hunter with Robert de Niro among others.
It was a quick read, and with as tough as I am on fiction, it was worth the time that I spent investing in the book and the characters.
I’ve dropped it down to 3 stars overall after finishing. Fyodor Bondarchuk is set to direct the English-language film version of Azazel with Paul Verhoeven as producer. This had some strange names and social ranks, and the story set up in a fairly likeable way, the first half was fairly enjoyable.
The plot is clever and full of those “no way! The prose is intelligent and flowing, the mysteries are complex, and the cast is varied though those that make repeat appearances tend to die. A 23 year old akunih student commits suicide in broad daylight in Moscow’s Alexander Gardens. Poor but bright and well educated Erast Fandorin has acquired a dogsbody job at the Moscow CID, where his avuncular boss predicts he’ll go far.
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Refresh and try again. It’s well-paced adventure tale that doesn’t take itself too seriously so, although Akunin creates a good sense of lates Moscow and London, there are See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits I didn’t realise when I read The Turkish Gambit the second in this series a couple of years ago, that Akunin apparently wrote each of the novels in the style qkunin a different literary genre.
akunln I found a lot to admire and certainly I’ll be reading more Akunin, but at the same time I wanted to tell the author waspishly to tighten his text up a bit, to be a tad more disciplined about his tendency to self-indulge.
He is not that smart to begin with and he usually solves the mystery right after the solution practically jumps into his face; but I really need to cut him some slack here as this is his first case. For me, crime stories just tje really the thing – and this one was to easy to guess on several accounts. There are many unresolved questions.
In a few cases, Akunin also has Fandorin active around notable events of the era, at times filling in details where history has left us stumped. However, aunin fifth novel in the Fandorin series, Special Assignmentsbecame a best-seller, as did all the other Fandorin novels thereafter.
Fandorin travels back to Moscow to continue the investigation. For once, I am glad I read the second book in the series before the first.
Review: Fiction: The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin trans by Andrew Bromfield
I would recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in 19th century Russia, but who is intimidated by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. As he kills Akhtyrtsev, the white-eyed man hisses one word: Dec 11, Neil rated it it was amazing Shelves: Since he lives in Moscow. Fandorin reports this to Bogis, and they go together to arrest Cunningham—but Brilling shoots Cunningham dead, and reveals to Fandorin that he is also an agent of Azazel.
Return to Book Page. Already a subscriber or registered access user? As I say, not really for me, but appreciated anyway. Erast is a fourteenth-class state functionary, serving a police official as amanuensis and errand-boy. This particula Bori Akunin is actually a pen name of Grigory Winfer bless youaccording to the “About the Author” section in the back.
It leads him into kaunin odd alleyways, serving his about-to-retire master; his wit, his proficiency with language, his unquenchable curiosity lead his boss to The Book Report: Dissolution Shardlakebook 1 C J Sansom. She tells him that her Astair Houses are part of a plot to train bright young orphan boys to serve her and her group, which plans to eventually take over the world.
These books are a fun, riotous read that you don’t want to put down until you’ve completed each and every one of them.