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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Fandorin is about to leave when Bezhetskaya catches him in her room. Also, Akunin is supposed to be a funny writer.

He succeeds, and sees the letter delivered to Gerald Cunningham, a teacher at the Moscow Astair House. Which is sort of a hard feat if it’s meant to be a conspiracy novel. 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? The Winter Queen Author s: 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.

Our hero, Fandorin, follows various leads and ends up in London.

Retrieved 19 May 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.

But good golly Miss Molly, it’s a ripping good read full of explosions, betrayals, and general all-around wickedness boriss sneakiness. 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.

Well, that was another example of Fandorin being too clever and too naive at the same sueen.

The Winter Queen Reader’s Guide

Along the way he comes to the attention of Bezhetskaya, a woman as coldly efficient as she is beautiful, Brilling, a detective with a brilliant analytical mind, and Zurov, a deadly marksman who lacks any ambition. Fandorin gets a new boss, Ivan Brilling, amunin sophisticated detective familiar with modern investigative techniques. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Didn’t work at all for me and although it was a major event, I just didn’t care 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.

Decadence and boredom, most likely, is what the commander of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Bors Police thinks, but still he finds it curious enough to An alternate cover for this isbn can be found here. Plotwise, this reminded me of one of Sherlock Holmes’s escapades: The book gives a depiction of Russian Empire at the turn of 19th century; I found the historical background to be excellent and Moscow feels really alive. 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.

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

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

Dec 11, Neil rated it it was amazing Shelves: I laughed out loud more than once – Fandorin is such a silly and unassuming hero, and his use of the “male corset” was absolutely divine. There wasn’t much wrong with the writing tge much of the characterisation, but the plot was just daft.

Azazel was filmed for Russian television in What I did like was the era, the setting and wintr rest of the cast.

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 of a different literary genre.

He’s pleasant enough company but I didn’t really care about him. A young man commits suicide in a park, right in front of a bench where a sueen lady and her chaperone are sitting.

This had queeen strange names and social ranks, and the story set up in a fairly likeable way, the first half was fairly enjoyable For the first half of this book, I was of the opinion that blris was an ‘ok’ crime thriller, but one like a few others I have read which felt a bit thin. The plot is based on Erast Fandorin’s investigation of the suicide of a wealthy student at Alexander Gardens in Moscow.


The Winter Queen

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. He interviews Elizaveta, and immediately falls in love with her. Erast, extremely young and naive at the outset of the book, ends it extremely young, concussed, and in no possible sense naive and inexperienced any more.

Return to Book Page. He starts digging deeper and eventually stumbles upon a vast conspiracy. Erast Fandorin, a young man from a good Russian family fallen on hard times has a very junior position in the police service. On May 22, a spokesperson of Paul Verhoeven announced that the shooting was postponed and would start in If you are looking for a complex mystery story then you will be disappointed. Paperbackpages.

Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your access to the most informative and considered journalism in the UK. Zurov admits to Fandorin that jealousy over Amalia led him to follow Fandorin to London. 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.

Fandorin is put on the case to find out what drove him to it, a case that deepens as he discovers that the young man was the son of a rich and influential factory owner. I had fun picturing Fandorin as a young Rufus Sewell in Middlemarch: No one says this must be believable.