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The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin

The Winter Queen

by Boris Akunin

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Series: Erast Fandorin (1)

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In 19th century Russia, young Fandorin yearns to do exciting police work. When he finds clues that imply that a recent strange suicide was actually murder, he excitedly throws himself into the investigation. 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. The plot is a wonderful series of twists and turns, none of which I expected. And Fandorin himself proves to be surprisingly likable. There's one moment that particularly springs to mind, although it's part of the seamless characterization of the young man: after he's fooled his enemies into thinking they've killed him, he listens with bated breath hoping to hear what they thought of him, only to dejectedly listen to their dinner plans. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
This was disappointing. I was looking forward to a rip-roaring adventure. Instead I received an insipid hero and structure-less misadventures. I was unconvinced by the conspiracy and didn't really care about the fate of the characters. ( )
  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
My first Akunin, my first Fandorin.
It was a nice read. A book full of twists and turns, combined with long ago times and scenes / titles from that period.

Gave me a vague reminder of the Agatha Christie I recently read (The murder of Roger Ackroyd). ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Nov 13, 2015 |
This is the first novel from the Erast Fandorin series of historical detective novels, written by Russian author Boris Akunin. Set in Czarist Russia with the naive but eager Fandorin as a young investigator with the Moscow police it is very much in the style of a Victorian mystery. Why would a university student shoot himself in the middle of the Alexander Gardens? Fandorin sets out to find the answer and soon lands in the middle of a far-reaching international conspiracy. Akunin effectively juxtaposes the comical innocence (with no lack of intelligence) of his hero against the decadence of nineteenth-century Moscow--aristocrats idling in gambling clubs while the winds of revolution freshen. In his debut, Fandorin comes across as an odd but appealing mix of Holmesian brilliance and Inspector Clousseauian bumbling. I enjoyed Akunin's style as he succeeded in aping the manner of, say, Thackeray, commenting on the foibles of his characters, giving the book a nineteenth-century tone that is part of it's appeal. ( )
  jwhenderson | Feb 17, 2015 |
Very enjoyable mystery a la 19th century Russian culture. Conspiracies, suicides, bombs, ... What more do you need? ( )
1 vote Marse | Jan 28, 2015 |
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He also reveals an unexpected moral subtlety. At the outset, The Winter Queen appears to display an alarming level of Russian xenophobia, in the form of an international conspiracy against Russia headed by an evil Englishwoman. But as the story progresses, so it emerges as something rather more complex. By the end, Fandorin – no longer the charming naïf but a saddened, white-haired figure – has solved the case, but in doing so has brought about a string of tragic consequences. He is faced by the uncomfortable question: has his sleuthing caused more unhappiness than it has cured?

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Bromfield, AndrewTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nikkilä, AntonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On Monday the thirteenth of May in the year 1876, between the hours of two and three in the afternoon, on a day which combined the freshness of spring with the warmth of summer, numerous individuals in Moscow's Alexander Gardens unexpectedly found themselves eyewitnesses to the perpetration of an outrage which flagrantly transgressed the bounds of common decency.
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Moscow, May 1876. What would cause a talented student from a wealthy family to shoot himself in front of a promenading public? Decadence and boredom, it is presumed. But young sleuth Erast Fandorin is not satisfied with the conclusion that this death is an open-and-shut case, nor with the preliminary detective work the precinct has done–and for good reason: The bizarre and tragic suicide is soon connected to a clear case of murder, witnessed firsthand by Fandorin himself. Relying on his keen intuition, the eager detective plunges into an investigation that leads him across Europe, landing him at the center of a vast conspiracy with the deadliest of implications.

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Set during the 19th century in Russia, Boris Akunin's mystery involves the death of a law student who commits suicide in broad daylight in Moscow's Alexander Gardens. Erast Fandorin is the gentleman sleuth who is called in to investigate what drove the student to do such a terrible thing.… (more)

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