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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,135 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Boris Akunin Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Erast Fandorin Series Release Date:
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Paris, 1878. Eccentric antiquarian Lord Littleby and his ten servants are found murdered in Littleby’s mansion on the rue de Grenelle, and a priceless Indian shawl is missing. Police commissioner “Papa” Gauche recovers only one piece of evidence from the crime scene: a golden key shaped like a whale. Gauche soon deduces that the key is in fact a ticket of passage for the Leviathan, a gigantic steamship soon to depart Southampton on its maiden voyage to Calcutta. The murderer must be among its passengers.

In Cairo, the ship is boarded by a young Russian diplomat with a shock of white hair—none other than Erast Fandorin, the celebrated detective of Boris Akunin’s The Winter Queen. The sleuth joins forces with Gauche to determine which of ten unticketed passengers on the Leviathan is the rue de Grenelle killer.

Tipping his hat to Agatha Christie, Akunin assembles a colorful cast of suspects—including a secretive Japanese doctor, a professor who specializes in rare Indian artifacts, a pregnant Swiss woman, and an English aristocrat with an appetite for collecting Asian treasures—all of whom are stuck together until the crime is solved. As the Leviathan steams toward Calcutta, will Fandorin be able to out-investigate Gauche and discover who the killer is, even as the ship’s passengers are murdered, one by one? 

Already an international sensation, Boris Akunin’s latest page-turner transports the reader back to the glamorous, dangerous past in a richly atmospheric tale of suspense on the high seas.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Like the best Golden Age nautical mysteries, Murder on the Leviathan finds its drama in the escalating tensions between a small circle of too-tight-quartered passengers, and draws its humor from their over-mannered behavior and individual eccentricities.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The atmospheric historical detail gives depth to the twisting plot, while the ruthless yet poignant arch villain makes up for a cast of mostly cardboard characters. Readers disappointed by the lack of background on Fandorin will find plenty in The Winter Queen.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The unique clash of cultures and the interactions of the characters…set this book apart. Alongside so many mysteries and thrillers that revolve around grisly violence, Leviathan, with its tony action scenes and overall genteel feel, comes off as a charming and fun read.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Akunin’s accomplished writing is a treat.”

    Ruth Rendell, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Akunin’s prose is clean and swift, pausing only to set a scene with a few well-chosen details before resuming the hairpin curves of the action. If Pushkin had tried his hand at detective action, it might have turned out something like this.”

    New York Times Book Review, praise for the author

  • “[Akunin’s Erast Fandorin] novels feature a Slavic Sherlock Holmes who speaks Japanese and English, is skilled at martial arts and has lady-killer good looks…Millions of readers have been seduced by the books’ elegant style and classy, retro feel.”

    Wall Street Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deanne | 2/18/2014

    " Find the Fandorin books interesting but would like to see more of this character in the story. So far the series have included espionage, war and crime, but there is no particular city to which Fandorin appears to have roots. As a character he seems rootless, no family no real friends. I'm only hoping that Akunin allows him some sort of happiness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beatrix Kiddo | 2/13/2014

    " One of the better and more cleverly written Akunin books, very easy to read and has a nice plot. The story unravels without making the reader feel sort of going "duuh", which is the main issue with other Akunin books. Entertaining and easy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angela | 2/2/2014

    " Erast Fandorin. Set in historic Paris. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by BLACK CAT | 1/30/2014

    " Surprising turns even at the end! "

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