The Winter Queen

The Winter Queen

A Novel

Book - 2003
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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 enough to send the newest member of the division, Erast Fandorin, a young man of irresistible charm, to the Alexander Gardens precinct for more information. 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: The bizarre and tragic suicide is soon connected to a clear case of murder, witnessed firsthand by Fandorin. There are many unresolved questions. Why, for instance, have both victims left their fortunes to an orphanage run by the English Lady Astair? And who is the beautiful "A.B.," whose signed photograph is found in the apparent suicide's apartment? Relying on his keen intuition, the eager sleuth plunges into an investigation that leads him across Europe, landing him at the deadly center of a terrorist conspiracy of worldwide proportions. In this thrilling mystery that brings nineteenth-century Russia to vivid life, Akunin has created one of the most eagerly anticipated novels in years.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400060498
1400060494
9780812968774
0812968778
Branch Call Number: [MYST] FIC/AKUNIN
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bromfield, Andrew

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RaquelMaria
Apr 06, 2017

This mystery feels foreign. I mean that in the best way.

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Eosos
Apr 01, 2015

I don't think I am actually that big a fan of the detective himself in this book. He was a bit dense and immature.
What I did like was the era, the setting and the rest of the cast. I thought the author did a great job of making me feel like I was in 1876 Russia without being overly descriptive. I also thought the rest of the characters were quite interesting, the boss and the bad guys, the girl and her father, the femme fatale and the young men, all good.
The end was maybe a little over the top too but all in all I really enjoyed this book.

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gloryb
Sep 09, 2013

Set in Russia in the late 1800's, this novel has an interesting premise. Children who are orphans could be gathered together at a young age, schooled, and encouraged to be loyal to the founder who trains them for high positions in world governments. Could this society of loyal students be a danger to existing governments? Young Fandorin, a hound dog of a detective, puts together the clues as he diligently uncovers this society, following the suicide of a nobleman's son. The title of the book comes from a hotel in England where some of the action occurs. The novel definitely has a Russian flavor similar in tone to the author's Sister Pelagia stories.

SB2000 May 03, 2011

The first of Boris Akunin's detective series featuring Erast Fandorin, a Tsarist Russian super sleuth. A fun, well paced and entertaining read with a very "Russian" ending.

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Pisinga
Apr 06, 2011

There is too much excitement about this book. As they say: much noise about nothing.
Former Soviet author, now only Russian, is trying to create a series of investigations of mystic
crimes in Pre-Revolutionary Russia - and turns as it were spawned on the famous Arthur Conan Doyle with his Sherlock Holmes. It is an entertaining book for a certain readership. Nothing really complicated, requiring a deeper analysis, you will find here.

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