The Winter Queen
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... show more
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.
Publish date: March 9th 2004
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 249
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, 19th Century
, Russian Literature
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
Series: Erast Fandorin Mysteries (#1)
Not bad, but just not for me. I'm not keen on pastiche and this was very ... unoriginal. It felt like a story cobbled together with bits and pieces of other books: Sherlock Holmes, Conrad's The Secret Agent, some Chekhov...and possibly some early James Bond. The writing was consistently good an...
I don't like the international conspiracy theory associated with it, but the book was certainly entertaining.
bookshelves: hardback, one-penny-wonder, slavic, winter-20122013, mystery-thriller, series, published-1998, paper-read, tbr-busting-2013, adventure, historical-fiction Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Carey Combe Read from December 03, 2012 to January 10, 2013 Translated by Andrew Bromfield.The Tabl...
Light entertainment, a little Russian noir, but too fantastic whilst too formulaic for my liking.The period background is enlightning, but that's where my interest stopped.Won't read more of his.
This is another Christmas gift from my friend Mike, who has excellent taste. Very junior police official Erast Fandorin is on the case in Tsarist Russia of a series of suicide attempts that ends all too successfully. Naturally it all leads to an international organization bent on world manipulation,...
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