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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This particula Boris Akunin is actually a pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili bless youaccording to the “About the Author” section in the back.

The Winter Queen Reader’s Guide

What What to Expect Each novel is written as a different ghe of mystery. While the books are not really related and have few continuing characters, I’d still strongly recommend to read them in order.

Click here to see more Tap here to see more Tap here to see more. 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 sueen write to save their lives.

How that comes about is a page-turning pleasure to read. Other books in the series. Erast Fandorin 1 Author s: Lady Astair confesses to Fandorin, admitting that she is the head of Azazel.

I enjoyed this novel but it didn’t grab me. This suits the detective genre perfectly, regardless of modern sensibilities. It doesn’t have any of that genre’s wild inventions of course, but I thought it does have a similar sense of fun. 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.


May 111: 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.

I might check out the other two Fandorin novels. Trivia About The Winter Queen Absolutely wintwr totally fun novel, reminiscent of those old cliffhanger series things.

Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your access to the most informative and considered journalism in the UK. I don’t know if the charm of this novel translates well into English, but in wimter original Russian language this short historical mystery is delicious.

The Winter Queen

The Winter Queen was a wlnter fast read. The main hero of the series is Erast Fandorin: After all, it’s difficult to keep your mind on a case when quen new Dostoyevsky novel has just hit the shops. While on the way, he meets Elizaveta on the train, and finds out that she is as smitten by him as he is by her. He also tends to get involved with a different femme fatale in each book.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Retrieved 19 May 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? 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.

So what qufen he have going for him? View all 4 comments. What the hell was that.?! 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.

The Winter Queen or as it was originally titled, Azazel is the first book in a series of detective stories whose goris character is Erast Fandorin. The Winter Queen is one of three mysteries featuring the detective Erast Fandorin. After the newly married couple retreat to their hotel suite, a messenger brings Fandorin a package.


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 occasional moustache twirl! He has not, however, because Amalia and her henchmen kidnap Fandorin from his hotel room. The book’s described on the cover as “an Erast Fandorin Mystery,” implying that it’s a detective novel, but unlike Murder on the Leviathan it doesn’t really fit easily into that genre; although the description will almost certainly mislead, it’s more of a James Bond-movie-style caper, with its great conspiracy, the quest of its villains for world domination, their infiltration of the corridors of power and all other influential walks of life, and so forth.

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And Fandorin himself proves to be surprisingly likable. 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 hanker to see these books turned into movies or TV shows, like Montalbano has been. 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.

Thus the Erast Fandorin series is planned to run through 16 books.