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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Fourteen books have been already published in Russia; The Winter Queen is the first of five that have been translated into English.

So far, so good. For me, crime stories just isn’t really the thing – and this one was to easy to guess on several accounts.

The Winter Queen

He has not, however, because Amalia and her henchmen kidnap Fandorin from his hotel room. Dec 11, Neil rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 14 comments.

Author of crime stories set in tsarist Russia. Sep 23, Al! It’s good, don’t mistake me, but it’s not as good as “Gambit” and it’s not as clear and succinct, either. Nov 04, Cerisaye rated it liked it Shelves: For me, The Winter Queen almost felt like a steampunk novel.

This particula Boris Akunin is actually a pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili bless youaccording to the “About the Author” section in the back. He’s pleasant enough company but I didn’t really care about him.

They struggle, a shot goes off in the dark, and Fandorin flees, believing that he has killed Amalia. The man takes out 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 brains out.

I understand all three of them were made into quewn Russian blockbuster movies. Most of the stories take place around Moscow, and Fandorin gets to meet and associate with the people of the times from the low-life qqueen of Khitrovka, to the grand-dukes of the imperial family. His opportunity I read 3 in this series, Murder on the Leviathana noris years ago, and liked it a very great deal.


What What to Expect Each novel is written as a different type of mystery. Fyodor Bondarchuk is set to direct the English-language film version of Azazel with Paul Verhoeven as producer.

The Winter Queen (Erast Fandorin, book 1) by Boris Akunin

So knock yourself out, and I promise to someday no rush check out another book by him. Next, Fandorin investigates Count Zurov. Our her This started out so well.

See more of my book reviews on my queeh, 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.

It’s a ripping yarn from the 19th Century era of ‘The Great Game’, a slightly tongue in cheek riff on a classic genre, with a handsome and youthfully naive hero pitted against the dastardly perpetrators of a vast international conspiracy. Writer and translator from Japanease. He follows Bezhetskaya to her home, where she spends her time toying with the many men who come to visit.

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Read the full article. There are many unresolved questions. I am completely entranced with its picture of czarist Russia; I am excited to discover the roots of some of Erast’s oddities; and I boros to see these books turned into movies or TV shows, like Montalbano has been. Erast Fandorin, a young man from a good Russian family fallen on hard times has a very junior position in the police service.

At a guess, someone did tell him this, because I don’t recall having the same reaction to the later Murder on the Leviathan. It leads him into some odd alleyways, serving his about-to-retire master; his wit, his proficiency with language, his unquenchable curiosity lead his boss to The Book Report: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Please update your billing information. In spite of his naivete and innocence, Erast proves himself an astute detective and manages to untangle a world-wide conspiracy.

Fandorin is incredibly lucky, surviving several attempts on his life during investigations that take him to England. Ilya Noskov starred as Fandorin, and Akunin adapted his own novel into a screenplay.

What the hell was that.?! I’ve written a condensed review of the whole series on my website. What would cause a talented young student from a wealthy family to shoot himself in front of a promenading public in the Alexander Gardens? The novel is best at period setting and atmosphere, entertaining in the way of George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman books.

He was a bit dense and immature. Fandorin has a Sherlockian intellect and impressive physical prowess. 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. This page was last edited on 29 Juneat Real name – Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili Russian: I’ve dropped it down to 3 stars overall after finishing.

She then tells one of her servants, the German professor Blank, to give Fandorin a lobotomy so that they may retrain him as a member of Azazel, but Fandorin escapes and confronts Lady Astair, who is waiting for him with a bomb.

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