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Pelagia and the White Bulldog

by Boris Akunin

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LoveReading View on Pelagia and the White Bulldog

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.

Pelagia and the White Bulldog Synopsis

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.

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Pelagia and the White Bulldog Press Reviews

'... the plot is lively and full of twists, the characters are strong, the denouement is exciting. And the not very nunnish nun is immensely appealing.' Marcel Berlins, TIMES

'...Pelagia's family likeness to Father Brown and Miss Marple is marked, and reading about her supplies a similarly decorous pleasure.' Jessica Mann, LITERARY REVIEW

'...it's a lighthearted affair, reminiscent of Agatha Christie or even, bizarrely, PG Wodehouse, with characters from high society sitting in parlours discussing the mysterious events. Pelagia is a likeable focus, and she, along with Akunin's assured yet mischievous narrative style, makes for a quaint yet entertaining murder mystery.' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

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ISBN: 9780753821572
Publication date: 18/04/2007
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback (b Format)

ISBN: 9780297848622
Publication date: 03/05/2006
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780753821572
Publication date: 18th April 2007
Author: Boris Akunin
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback (b Format)
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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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