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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,372 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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Moscow, May 1876. What would cause a talented young student from a wealthy family to shoot himself in front of a promenading public in the Alexander Gardens? Decadence and boredom, most likely, is what the commander of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Police thinks, but still he finds it curious enough to send the newest member of the division, Erast Fandorin, a young man of irresistible charm, to the Alexander Gardens precinct for more information. 

Fandorin is not satisfied with the conclusion that this is an open-and-shut case, nor with the preliminary detective work the precinct has done—and for good reason: The bizarre and tragic suicide is soon connected to a clear case of murder, witnessed firsthand by Fandorin. There are many unresolved questions. Why, for instance, have both victims left their fortunes to an orphanage run by the English Lady Astair? And who is the beautiful “A.B.,” whose signed photograph is found in the apparent suicide’s apartment? Relying on his keen intuition, the eager sleuth plunges into an investigation that leads him across Europe, landing him at the deadly center of a terrorist conspiracy of worldwide proportions.

In this thrilling mystery that brings nineteenth-century Russia to vivid life, Akunin has created one of the most eagerly anticipated novels in years.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As international as caviar and vodka! A crafty tale full of atmosphere, character, and action.”

    Anne Perry

  • “Marries old-fashioned manners to a nonstop array of plot twists to rival the best detective tales…The Winter Queen is an energetic hands-down winner.”


  • “A galloping story of murder, suicide, deception, and disguise.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “There are secret panels, hidden tunnels, a false mustache, intercepted letters, gunfights, and a glamorous female villain.…Akunin knows how to build suspense.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A wondrous strange and appealing novel…Elaborate, intricate, profoundly czarist, and Russian to its bones, as though Tolstoy had sat down to write a murder mystery. Not quite like anything you’ve ever read before.”

    Alan Furst, author of The Foreign Correspondent

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hilary | 2/19/2014

    " Fun. Makes more sense to start from the beginning of the Fandorin books than to start in the middle -- they really are sequential and include character development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Clare | 2/13/2014

    " Can't help but feel this has lost something in translation. It should be charming, quaint and a lot of fun. Sadly it just comes across a bit silly and the pacing is slightly strange. I don't think I will read others in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/11/2014

    " Very cute, fast read, but at points the narrative and characters are dishearteningly naive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bookworm | 1/30/2014

    " A good read. The mystery follows young Russian detective, Erast Fandorin as he investigates a suicide and then discovers an international conspiracy. I'll read more books by Boris Akunin. "

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