“The Winter Queen” by Boris Akunin


The Winter Queen

Boris Akunin is the pen-name of Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili, who was born in Tbilisi but has spent most of his life in Moscow.

This is the first Erast Pietrovich Fandorin mystery. The action is set in 1876. Erast is very young and reckless orphan, a novice in Criminal Investigation Department, still wet behind the ears. 

When a talented student from a wealthy family shot himself in broad daylight in Moscow’s Alexander Gardens, a death in keeping with a craze for a dangerous game of “American Roulette”.

American Roulette…You take a revolver and put in one cartridge. It’s stupid, but exciting. A shame the Americans thought of it before we did.

Our hero is not satisfied that it is a simple suicide. He starts digging deeper and eventually stumbles upon a vast conspiracy. 

Erast gets himself into some dangerous situations where in a James Bond like way he is saved at the last minute. His investigations take him from Russia to London and back. In London he narrowly evades adding his corpse to the pollution of the Thames of London’s Docklands. The background detail is engaging but the plot is a little thin and gets a bit ludicrous in the second half of the book. I also found there were too many characters to follow the plot easily.

My rating 3 out of 5



About jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...
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