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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Considering that this is the first in a series, the main tge comes off very strong, enough to where I found myself rooting for him the entire way.
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Review: Fiction: The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin trans by Andrew Bromfield
However, the fifth novel in the Fandorin series, Special Assignmentsbecame a best-seller, wnter did all the other Fandorin novels thereafter. And it’s a fun story.
Relying on his keen intuition, the eager sleuth plunges into an investigation that leads him across Europe, landing him at the deadly center of a terrorist conspiracy of worldwide proportions.
A word of warning that there is a cliffhanger at the end. Even so, it took him far too long to work out who’s the Big Bad and not to trust anyone who might be involved.
Thank god for Wikipedia for those of us who live under rocks. I wonter feel I can SEE the action as I’m reading, and that’s usually so much less of an issue for me; but this series is supremely visual. Zurov, believing Fandorin to be as much in iwnter with Amalia as he is, and wishing that Fandorin will win her heart so that Zurov can let her go, reveals to Fandorin that she is staying at the Winter Queen Hotel in London.
I don’t know if the charm of this novel translates well into English, but in its original Russian language this short historical mystery is delicious.
The Winter Queen (Erast Fandorin, book 1) by Boris Akunin
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. The plot is clever and full of those “no way! He’s also rather credulous, and I had to keep reminding myself how young he is, and inexperienced p.
It fails in pretty much every way imaginable. It is funny that the first time he dices with death his life is saved by his Lord Byron corset, worn out of vanity. Writer and translator from Japanease. Open Preview See a Problem? De Telegraaf in Dutch.
Boris Akunin considers mystery genre to consist of several sub-genres – his own classification; he wrote each book of the series in each sub-genre conspiracy, spy, political, Agatha Christie-type, etc. The Winter Queen Author s: Since he lives in Moscow.
A hero of a detective series can make it or break it. We get to see and understand this young man as bashful and often nervous in his first proper job – the start of what he hopes will become a successful career – and I could empathise with his stumbles.
I read 3 in this series, Murder on the Leviathana few years ago, and liked it a very great deal. His will leaves his large fortune to the newly opened Moscow chapter of Astair House, an international network of schools for orphan boys founded by an English noblewoman, Lady Astair.
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View all 3 comments. Further investigation reveals that Kokorin was playing Russian roulette called “American roulette” in the novel with another university student, Akhtyrtsev. Plotwise, this reminded me of one of Sherlock Holmes’s escapades: Azazel 6 56 Oct 02, Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your subscription. I didn’t feel that Fandorin quite comes to life in this novel.
In spite of his naivete and innocence, Erast proves I don’t know if the charm of this novel translates well into English, but in its original Russian language this short historical mystery is delicious. He must navigate a complex web of conspiracy slowly revealed following the apparent suicide by Russian roulette of a young man in the streets of St Petersburg.
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I might check out the other two Fandorin novels.
Each novel is therefore excellently written tthe a different type of detective case. The plot is based on Erast Fandorin’s investigation of the suicide of a wealthy student at Alexander Gardens in Moscow.
How that comes about is a page-turning pleasure to read. IMO, the story got a bit disjointed and there was a suspension of belief that entered the storyline that hadn’t been there prior. I appreciate it as a work of Russian literature excellently translated – of course, the ending was incredibly Russian we can’t have things be TOO This is a brilliant book.
I understand all three of them were made into big Russian blockbuster movies. 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.
Also, Akunin is supposed to be a funny writer. Boris Akunin is actually a pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili bless youaccording to the “About the Author” aknin in the back.
Fandorin jumps out his window in an attempt to arrest the killer, and thus escapes the bomb, which blows up and kills his young bride. He has not, however, because Amalia and her henchmen kidnap Fandorin from his hotel room.
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Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. Jul 11, Christina rated it it was ok Recommended to Christina by: Fandorin, however, is ordered to help the campaign to root out members of Azazel in Russia, which he does. A quite promising historical mysteries series. I love the historical background. So far, so good. To me, again IMHO, the author tried to sum up and bring to a close a story that had grown a bit large and somewhat overreaching.