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Pelagia and the White Bulldog by Boris Akunin

Pelagia and the White Bulldog

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Intriguing, complex and a perfect antidote to the fast paced American crime novel. Sister Pelagia is a young Russian Miss Marple with more than a hint of Sherlock Holmes. Not a book to read commuting (unless you have a long journey) but well worth getting into the characters, pace and late 19th Russian settings of these clever and very readable whodunits.

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Pelagia and the White Bulldog by Boris Akunin

In the dying days of the Nineteenth Century, the small Russian town of Zavolzhsk is shaken out of its sleepy rural existence by the arrival from St Petersburg of a Synodical Inspector with a hidden agenda and a dangerously persuasive manner.

Meanwhile, in the nearby country estate of Drozdovka, one of the prized white Bulldogs - prized because of its one brown ear, and its propensity to drool - belonging to the cantankerous lady of the house has been poisoned. The old widow has taken to her bed, sick with fear that her two remaining dogs may face a similar fate, and the many potential beneficiaries of her will wait fretfully to see whether or not she will recover.

Sister Pelagia: bespectacled, freckled, woefully clumsy and astonishingly resourceful is summoned by the Bishop of Zavolzhsk to investigate the bulldog's death. But her investigation soon takes a far more sinister turn when two headless bodies are pulled out of the river on the edge of the estate.

About the Author

Boris Akunin
Boris Akunin is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvillihas, who worked as a translator before writing fiction. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Arthur Conan Doyle, and his Erast Fandorin books have sold over eight million copies in Russia alone. He lives in Moscow.

Photograph © Basso Cannarsa

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3rd May 2006


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