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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: 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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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

  • Mystery readers should enjoy this story. It is as Russian, and as international, as caviar and vodka! A crafty tale full of atmosphere, character, and action. I look forward to hearing more about the young detective Erast Fandorin. Anne Perry
  • Elaborate, intricate, profoundly Czarist, and Russian to its bones, as though Tolstoy had sat down to write a murder mystery and came out with The Winter Queen. A wondrous strange and appealing novel, and not quite like anything you’ve read before. Alan Furst
  • Atmospheric and engrossing, The Winter Queen is a historical thriller from the world of the czar. Boris Akunin is Russia's answer to Caleb Carr. Kevin Baker

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alex Griffiths | 2/18/2014

    " At times predictable, this is definitely a good old fashioned detective romp. Sure, the setting isn't quite what you'd expect, and neither is the main antagonist, but the misdirection, the adventure, the romance...it all rounds out a good read. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jodi | 2/1/2014

    " I enjoyed the descriptions in this book, they made me think about the visualizations (example "poisonous pink"). It was a good story too, except at the end I was a rather disturbed and upset. I enjoyed the main character, especially that he still has a lot to learn. It will be interesting to see how Erast Fandorin progresses in the next books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jill | 1/20/2014

    " I loved the first book I read by Akunin, Murder on the Leviathan: a Novel but this one didn't appeal to me quite as much. I think it was because it was too much of a "spy thriller" which is not my favorite genre. This is the first appearance of the continuing character of Erast Fandorin who is in the first days of his career as a detective for the Russian police and is finding his legs as he goes in search of a group of anarchists. The story gets complicated as clues lead in many directions and after two life threatening events, it appears that he cannot trust anyone. Toward the end of the story, I identified the main villain but it was still somewhat shocking. The ending is extremely downbeat and came as a total surprise, at least to me. I would recommend this author and his work.........but this is not my favorite of his Fandorin series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Molly | 1/18/2014

    " First in the murder mystery series by the Russian author Boris Akunin. Made me pick up the next couple of books in the series as well - a nice change of writing style and location from typical mystery series set in US or UK. "

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