Wist at the nd that has me anxious to continue in this series On to The Turkish Gambit The Publisher Says Moscow May 1876 What would cause a talented young student from a wealthy family to shoot himself in front of a promenading public in the Alexander Gardens Decadence and boredom most likely is what the commander of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Police thinks but still he finds it curious Scala for Java Developers enough to send the newest member of the division Erast Fandorin a young man of irresistible charm to the Alexander Gardens precinct for informationFandorin 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 The bizarre and tragic suicide is soon connected to a clear case of murder witnessed firsthand by Fandorin There are many unresolved uestions Why for instance have both victims left their fortunes to an orphanage run by the English Lady Astair And who is the beautiful AB whose signed photograph is found in the apparent suicide s apartment Relying on his keen intuition theager sleuth plunges into an investigation that leads him across Europe landing him at the deadly center of a terrorist conspiracy of worldwide proportionsMy Review 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 Erast is a fourteenth class state functionary serving a police official as amanuensis and The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur errand boy It leads him into some odd alleyways serving his about to retire master his wit his proficiency with language his unuenchable curiosity lead his boss to allow amused and indulgent of his junior s silly fascination with nothing criminal Erast to investigate some odd goings on among Moscow s Bright Young Things including the suicide of a youth whosestate over a million rubles is left to Vermeer to Eternity elderly English philanthropist Baroness AdairThat one fact that odd itchy ill fitting wool sock of a fact unravels an international conspiracy touchingvery government in the world though it is unclear that this conspiracy has any Heaven to Betsy evil intent at least to me Erastxtremely young and naive at the outset of the book So B. It ends itxtremely young concussed and in no possible sense naive and inexperienced any How that comes about is a page turning pleasure to readFor once I am glad I read
the second book in the series before the first I felt much like I was second book in the series before the first I felt much like I was my time wisely after reading Turkish Gambit than I might have had I read this book first It s good don t mistake me but it s not as good as Gambit and it s not as clear and succinct Cabaret eitherBut good golly Miss Molly it s a ripping good read full ofxplosions betrayals and general all around wickedness and sneakiness It s got young love it s got hopeless infatuation it s got comradeship and affection and ven a very memorable wedding scene I AM COMPLETELY ENTRANCED WITH ITS PICTURE OF CZARIST am completely ntranced with its picture of czarist I am xcited 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 really feel I can SEE the action as I m reading and that s usually so much less of an issue for me but this series is supremely visualRead and njoy and don t fear the commitment of time a new series reuires because like Rutledge like Montalbano there are a lot of m and they get better as time goes by Absolutely and totally fun novel reminiscent of those old cliffhanger series things I would recommend this book to readers who like what I would call literary mysteries rather than the fast food type of reads although I must say some of the ffrs fast food reads are pretty good so I m not slamming them I have read hundreds in my time Anyway this one demands a little of your patience time but you will be rewarded in the long run brief plot review wo spoilersSet in Moscow in the czarist Russia of 1876 the novel opens with a young man a student named Kokorin standing in front of a bench in a suare full of people The man takes out a revolver puts it up to hi Oh wow I did not xpect this book to be so good And so funny Earlier I heard a lot of good things about this series But now I ve found out what a good story it is myselfThis book has verything A great and interesting plot a fantastic main character. N of irresistible charm to the Alexander Gardens precinct for informationFandorin 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 The bizarre and tragic suicide is soon connected to a clear case of murder witnessed firsthand by Fandorin There are many unresolved uestions Why. .
This is the first book of a very popular Russian series which brought fame to its author Boris Akunin real name Grigory Chkhartishvili Boris Akunin considers mystery genre to consist of several sub genres his own classification he wrote ach book of the series in The Bookshop on the Shore each sub genre conspiracy spy political Agatha Christie typetc In the first book we are presented with a conspiracy mysteryThe main hero of the series is Erast Fandorin a young man in 19th century Russian Empire the first book takes place in 1876 A talented student from a wealthy family shot himself in a broad daylight which seems to be the obvious case of a suicide resulting from trivial reasons but our hero is not satisfied with this conclusion He starts digging deeper and Dance Real Slow eventually stumbles upon a vast conspiracyThe book gives a depiction of Russian Empire at the turn of 19th century I found the historical background to bexcellent and Moscow feels really alive As a mystery novel is fails on several accounts A hero of a detective series can make it or break it Consider the most famous detectives Sherlock Holmes Hercule Poirot Nero Wolfe and others All of them have very interesting and bright personalities Erast Fandorin falls flat for meHe is not that smart to begin with and he usually solves the mystery right after the solution practically jumps into his face but I really need to cut him some slack here as this is his first case So what does he have going for him He is incredibly lucky uite often an assassin sent to dispatch him stumbles in the very last moment something falls on hisher head and so on His luck xtends to gambling he never loses a game of cards or dice To me this looks like a cheap trick to make up for his deficiency in grey cells areaConclusion 2 stars for mystery 4 stars for historical background which makes up for 3 stars overall This review is a copypaste on my BookLikes one Boris Akunin is actually a pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili bless you according to the
About the Author section in the back Akunin is Japanese for villain the Author section in the back Akunin is Japanese for villain rather fitting pen surname for someone who is apparently legendary in Russia for his crime novels The Winter ueen is one of three mysteries featuring the detective Erast Fandorin I understand all three of them were made into big Russian blockbuster movies I think I might like the better movie I m just sayin This particular story is being remade into an English film coming out next year Thank god for Wikipedia for those of us who live under rocksAkunin 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 He s a 20 year old detective still wet around the ars who uncovers a plot for world domination In Moscow 1876 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 Which is sort of a hard feat found myself mentally snoozing most of the way through this Which is sort of a hard feat it s meant to be a conspiracy novel I The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life expect these sorts of books to grab me from the beginning shake me like a dog toy and not let go until thend when my proverbial neck is brokenI might check out the other two Fandorin novels 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 to write to save their livesI wouldn t tell others to not read this book I think a lot of people probably like it Hell all of Russia can not be wrong They love this guy there so I figure the fault is on my own side So knock yourself out and I promise to someday no rush check out another book by him In the meantime someone needs to recommend a contemporary Russian author who isn t crap A to Z project book 6What a delightful mysteryadventure Set in 1876 in Russia and other parts of Europe it follows an nergetic but naive young man who has just begun a career as a minor functionary in the Moscow police Erast Fandorin is something new or perhaps something old made new again a character who succeeds not through his abilities although he is not without talents but because fate seems to be on his side Akunin catches the tone of Victorian adventure very well Plotwise this reminded me of one of Sherlock Holmes s scapades a small local crime that xpands into a big and admittedly rather silly international conspiracyThere s a dark Moscow May 1876 What would cause a talented young student from a wealthy family to shoot himself in front of a promenading public in the Alexander Gardens Decadence and boredom most likely is what the commander of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Police thinks but still he finds it curious nough to send the newest member of the division Erast Fandorin a young ma. .
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And lots of humor Let s start with plot because ultimately this is the reason because ultimately this is the reason you read a detective novel right I really like when the book starts with a strong blow when we find the corpse on the first few pages And I love when immediately afterwards without undue delay we start looking for a villain I prefer to get to know my heroes through subseuent Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography events in the book And this is what ve got here On the first pages we see a strange suicide and a few pages later Fandorin begins to look for answers What could you want The story is complicated and interesting there are so many suspects All the time you don t knowxactly what happened and who is involved in it Friends turn out to be The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, enemies nobody can be trusted A really great story I really wanted to know what would happen nextAnd in the middle of it all is Fandorin I am surprised how much his charactervolves during this short book It doesn t happen that often And I must say that I love all his faces From a shy young boy to a confident agent Fandorin is simply a very well written character He is intelligent clever and learns very uickly specially on his mistakes Every good story deserves an intelligent main character who is asy to like I am very happy that this one has it I will gladly meet Fandorin in the next booksAnd finally humor As a rule I don t like funny books and movies because they rarely ntertain me and often I found them annoying I have a specific sense of humor but I generally like intelligent humor And this book has just that I can t say how many times I really laughed when I read this story It s hilarious For a long time I was looking for something like this a lighter story full of good humor I m glad that I finally came across such a bookThe only thing I would change is the nding And I do not mean the The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl end of the criminal intrigue I am talking about the last scene in the book which surprised me with its sad and tragic character The whole book is so cheerful and funny that I didn txpect it a 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 deliciousThe Winter ueen or as it was originally titled Azazel is the first book in a series of detective stories whose main character is Erast Fandorin In this novel set in 1870s Russia Erast is a 20 year old wide yed youth who accidentally comes to investigate a strange case of public suicide In spite of his naivete and innocence Erast proves himself an astute detective and manages to untangle a world wide conspiracyThe best thing about this novel is that while it manages to give a taste of Russian history culture and mentality it never stops being a first class ntertainment dynamic and fun I would recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in 19th century Russia but who is intimidated by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky This is a brilliant book The plot is clever and full of those no way moments that I love in mysteries I laughed out loud than once Fandorin is such a silly and unassuming hero and his use of the male corset was absolutely divine I did see a few things coming but the writing was such fun to read that it didn t spoil the book for meI appreciate it as a work of Russian literature xcellently translated of course the nding was incredibly Russian we can t have things be TOO happy can we as well as the banter between characters about famous Russian novelists and poets Hannah Montana: The Movie even reciting some Russian poetry 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 This book was a pleasure on many different levels I d read Akunin again For the first half of this book I was of the opinion that this was an ok crime thriller but one like a few others I have read which felt a bit thin Some historical crime thrillers feel to me a bit like once the well researched chosen cultural and chronological aspects are stripped away you re not left with muchxcept a simple story dressed up in unusual words This had some strange names a I discovered Boris Akunin last year and immediately fell into his prosaic style His novels are full of humor and suspense and there are parts that made me laugh aloud These books are a fun riotous read that you don t want to put down until you ve completed ach and very one of them. For instance have both victims left their fortunes to an orphanage run by the English Lady Astair And who is the beautiful AB whose signed photograph is found in the apparent suicide's apartment Relying on his keen intuition the ager sleuth plunges into an investigation that leads him across Europe landing him at the deadly center of a terrorist conspiracy of worldwide proportio.