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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Boris Akunin considers mystery akunjn 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.

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While the books are not really related and have few continuing characters, I’d still strongly recommend to read them in order. I understand all three of them were made into big Russian blockbuster movies. Though starting out with subtlety, the plot evolves into a wild, improbable extravaganza, which for me is a bit over the top, I prefer the subtlety. Well, that was another example of Fandorin being too clever and too naive at the same time. Lady Astair confesses to Fandorin, admitting that she is the head of Azazel.

Unlike many writers from the continent of Europe, Akunin is good on English names: The prose is intelligent and flowing, the mysteries are complex, and the cast is varied though those that make repeat appearances tend to die. Its plot tangles well, but not too confusingly, and there is a good array of suspects and red herrings to maintain a reader’s interest.


In some Dutch editions he is also known as Boris Akoenin. Further investigation reveals that Kokorin was playing Russian roulette called “American roulette” in the novel with another university student, Akhtyrtsev.

She then tells one of her servants, the German professor Blank, to give Fandorin a lobotomy so that they may retrain him as a member of Azazel, but Fandorin escapes and confronts Lady Astair, who is waiting for him with a bomb.

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The Winter Queen

Retrieved from ” https: To ask other readers questions about The Winter Queenplease sign up. Quotes from The Winter Queen. It’s a ripping yarn from the 19th Century era of ‘The Great Game’, a slightly tongue in cheek riff on a classic genre, with a handsome and youthfully naive hero pitted against the quedn perpetrators of a vast international conspiracy.

It is an intelligent, engaging, and just different enough series to be in a class of its own.

They are almost all in 3rd person perspective, and quite often not from the point of view of Erast Fandorin which is both tantalising and frustrating at times.

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

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

When he finds clues that imply that a recent strange suicide was actually murder, he excitedly throws himself into the investigation. Our hero, Fandorin, follows various leads and ends up in London. So what does he have going for him? Orion Publishing Group Limited Availability: 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.

Zurov, believing Fandorin to be as much in love 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.


The Winter Queen Recent Russian edition. What the hell was that.?! Akunin has the opportunity to create a really awesome detective, a Russian James Bond, if you will – yet I found Fandorin to be rather a wiener.

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Click here to see more Tap here to see more Tap here to see more. I will probably go on to read more of them myself! This particular story is being remade into an English film coming out next year. He interviews Elizaveta, and immediately falls in love with her. I wouldn’t tell others to teh read this book. The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin.

Young Erast Fandorin of the Criminal Investigation Department is eager to prove himself so he investigates the suicide and discovers that it was more of a suicide pact – or actually, a feud over a woman where two young men takes turn playing American akuinn – and joking about how it will be re-named Russian roulette because of them.

The screenplay is written by Gerard Soetemanakunim whom Verhoeven made several films in the past. But other than that – and the Russian Roulette re-naming – I didn’t find anything particularly funny. Fandorin is about to leave when Bezhetskaya catches him in her room.

Zurov admits to Fandorin that jealousy over Amalia led him to follow Fandorin to London.