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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: April 2004 ISBN: 9780739310663
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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 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 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 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 Gretchen McNeil | 1/14/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/29/2013

    " Entirely reminiscent of Agatha Christie. Good twists, and a great way of unfolding the tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bambola | 12/23/2013

    " Don't often read translated books, but this one was a great story. I'm not really a fan of the Agatha Christie "whodunit" genre, but I really enjoyed the plot development of this one and could pick up the parody. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 12/23/2013

    " Very entertaining, Erast Fandorin is my favorite new detective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanna | 11/27/2013

    " This was better than the second installment, but that might be because I love Agatha Christie and this book draws heavily on her tradition :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 11/15/2013

    " The second in the Fandorin series, and every bit as good as The Winter Queen. This was a quick, entertaining read - great character development, amusing, well-written, and absorbing mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ingrid | 8/23/2013

    " Great book in the tradition of Agatha Christie. He uses a shifting point of view to tell this tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 3/24/2013

    " A huge improvement on the previous book, interesting premise with a good cast of characters but even I worked out who was responsible too far in advance! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 2/26/2013

    " Erast Fandorin. Set in historic Paris. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 4/22/2012

    " An excellent mystery featuring Erastus Fandorin. This series seems to be hit or miss,this one is definitely a hit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizixer | 4/15/2012

    " Enjoyable pastiche of Agatha Christie. Lightweight but with a solid historical background and lots of splendid stereotypical characters borrowed from adventure and mystery novels of the Victorian era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 4/4/2012

    " Though I missed the voice of the lead character/detective of the first book in the series, it was a good plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beatrix Kiddo | 2/19/2012

    " 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 Jeff | 11/20/2011

    " This, the third is the Erast Fandorin series of mysteries, is a clever pastiche of Wilkie Collins's "The Moonstone," Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express," and Arthur Conan Doyle "The Sign of Four" that offers up old-fashioned detective fiction fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie McCall | 9/15/2011

    " Love the Fandorin stuff!!!! Great murder mysteries combined with historical fiction - which is my absolute fav! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 5/12/2011

    " This mystery is great fun. The writing style is a treat as the perspectives keep changing as our hero strolls in and out of scenes. I love how Erast doesn't show up until some 30 pages into the book. Akunin always gives a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Small Creek | 3/24/2011

    " Unlikable characters and surreal plot. No, seriously: THE SECRET, MYTHICAL JEWELS OF A RAJA? :O

    Ugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arturo | 1/10/2011

    " Los personajes son interesantes, los diálogos son muy entretenidos, y es difícil anticipar el giro que toma la historia. A veces pienso que el personaje de Erast Fandorin es demasiado perfecto, pero bah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Racheli | 12/3/2010

    " My least favourite of the series so far, but still creative and fun to read. I especially liked how the plot was told through the rotating eyes of the different characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valissa | 11/19/2010

    " "November's chill breath trimmed her braids with silver,
    Whispering that youth and love were lost forever." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 10/23/2010

    " Russian version of Sherlock Holmes. Not very well developed suspects, which can kill a mystery... There are a couple of twists here and there, but at the end of it, it didn't seem that surprising at all when you don't feel like you've gotten to know anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 9/19/2010

    " Third in the Erast Fandorin mystery series by Boris Akunin. Each book in the series takes on a specific mystery genre and this one reads like an Agatha Christie novel with all of the suspects assembled in one place while slowly being dispatched one by one. "

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