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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: Campbell Scott Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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 conned 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/19/2014

    " Good who-dunnit elements. Interesting (though sometimes misleading) perspectives from the suspects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anna | 1/31/2014

    " Third book after The Winter Queen and The Turkish Gambit from Erast Fandorin series. Boris Akunin showed 19th century Russia and Europe. It's 1878. Paris is shaken by unusual and cruel crime of the century - unknown murderer killed collectioner of antics from India, nine of his servants (seven servants and two kids of servants) and stole a golden statuette of Shiva along with old Indian shawl. the case is in hands of French detective Gauche. Trace leads to exclusive ship Leviathan going to Calcutta. And Erast Pietrovitch, Russian diplomat, is also on the board... Detective story other than classics - where we have middle-aged man as a detective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angie | 1/22/2014

    " Another great installment from the detective Fandorin. I'm liking how removed Fandorin is from the narrative, but unites all the elements. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gretchen McNeil | 1/14/2014

    " An excellent mystery. Opens with a bang then slowly builds back up. Suffers some in translation, I fear. "

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