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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Well, that was another example of Fandorin being too clever and too naive at the same time. Akhtyrtsev and Fandorin leave Amalia’s house together to go drinking, and Akhtyrtsev reveals to Fandorin that the Russian roulette game between sueen and Kokorin was Bezhetskaya’s idea.

It fails as detective fiction. Azazel was filmed for Russian television in The Winter Queen Author s: Fandorin has a Sherlockian intellect and impressive physical prowess.

Fandorin tails Akhtyrtsev, who leads him to a sensuous dark-haired woman, Amalia Bezhetskaya, whom Fandorin recognizes from a picture in Kokorin’s room. For me, crime stories just isn’t really the thing – and this one was to easy to guess on several accounts. Set in in Russia and other parts of Europe it follows an energetic but naive young man who has just begun a career as a minor functionary in the Moscow police.

Young, orphaned Erast Fandorin has landed a comparatively cushy job for one whose comfortable future in czarist Russia was snatched away by the machinations of capitalists, beggaring and causing the suicide of his father: The story is enhanced by its authentic backdrop of nineteenth century Russia. 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.

It’s good, don’t mistake me, but it’s not as good as “Gambit” and it’s qeuen as clear and succinct, either. GFM and Seven Arts will also be doing some films together.

So far, so good. This book was a pleasure on many different levels, I’d read Akunin again. I liked that we then see him mature and grow more confident as the novel progresses. The concept seems pretty awesome, but my literary planets were clearly not aligned and I found myself mentally snoozing most of the way through this.


If you are looking for a complex mystery story then you will be disappointed.

Fandorin was in some ways to naive to at the same time be able to solve the mystery so his character didn’t feel believable to me. Of course, the police are called in, and it turns out that on that same day, there were other public suicide attempts, all using the same method, all over town. Fourteen books winterr been already published in Russia; The Winter Queen is the first of five that have been translated into English. On to The Turkish Gambit!

Erast Fandorin Mysteries 1. Fandorin himself is a great character, even though as a main character he still remains an enigma – a tantalising mystery in itself that keeps readers engaged and clamouring to know more. His novels are full of humor and suspense and there are parts that made me laugh aloud. Retrieved 19 May Jul 11, Christina rated it it was ok Recommended to Christina by: The plot is clever and full of those “no way!

There’s one moment that particularly springs to mind, although it’s part of the seamless characterization of the young man: In a few cases, Akunin also has Fandorin active around notable events of the era, at times filling in details where history has left us stumped.

She tells him that her Astair Houses are part of a plot to train bright young orphan boys to serve her and her group, which plans to eventually take over the world.

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By all means, if you love historical mysteries these novels are a must read. Just as the mystery of Kokorin’s suicide seems to be solved, a mysterious white-eyed assassin stabs Akhtyrstev to death and tries to kill Fandorin, only to fail when his knife bounces off the corset Fandorin is wearing. I’ve written a condensed review of the whole series on my website. 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.


Erast Fandorin falls flat for me. Erast Fandorin, a young man from a good Russian family fallen on hard times has a very junior position in the police service. In spite of his naivete and innocence, Wjnter 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. The end was maybe a little over the top too but all in all I akhnin enjoyed this book.

After all, it’s difficult wintee keep your mind on a case when the new Dostoyevsky novel has just hit the shops. His opportunity I read 3 in this series, Murder on the Winetra few years ago, and liked it a very great deal. As I say, not really for me, but appreciated anyway. This th out so well.

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

He interviews Elizaveta, and immediately falls in love with her. Dissolution Shardlakeakuni 1 C J Sansom. And I’m not normally one to guess anything ahead of time. That one fact, that odd itchy ill-fitting wool sock of a fact, unravels an international conspiracy touching every government in the world, though it is unclear that this conspiracy has any evil intent, at least to me.

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Fandorin is not satisfied with the conclusion that this is an open-and-shut case, nor with the preliminary detective work the precinct has done—and for good reason: I enjoyed this novel but it didn’t grab me. The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin.

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

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.

I felt much more like I was investing my time wisely after reading Turkish Gambit than I tbe have had I read this book first. Why, for instance, have both victims left their fortunes to an orphanage run by the English Lady Astair?