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