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Back in Russia after his trip to Japan about which details are frustratingly scant , Fandorin helps the police track down a hired assassin He is accompanied by his Japanese manservant Masa, and displays some highly unusual, newly acquired skills Action, drama, and nick of time chases keep readers turning pages.What to ExpectEach novel is written as a different type of mystery Akunin set out to rectify the low brow reputation of the mystery genre in post USSR Russia by writing worthy literature and exploring the wide gamut of sub genres Each novel is therefore excellently written as a different type of detective case While there is continuity in the protagonist s life between the novels, each is very different in themes and tones.I ve written a condensed review of the whole series on my website.What I likedI like the writing style The prose is intelligent and flowing, the mysteries are complex, and the cast is varied though those that make repeat appearances tend to die Fandorin himself is a great character, even though as a main character he still remains an enigma a tantalising mystery in itself that keeps readers engaged and clamouring to know.I love the historical background Akunin has done his research into Russian culture, mannerisms, environment, personalities, etc of the late 19th century early 20th century Most of the stories take place around Moscow, and Fandorin gets to meet and associate with the people of the times from the low life criminals of Khitrovka, to the grand dukes of the imperial family In a few cases, Akunin also has Fandorin active around notable events of the era, at times filling in details where history has left us stumped.Akunin is also a Japanophile, and has Fandorin spend a few years in Japan While details are sketchy and we want More , it is clear that he has a great love and deep knowledge of that culture and times.What to be aware ofBe aware that each of the novel is told in a different style Besides the obvious something new and different in each volume , one keyword is told They are almost all in 3rd person perspective, and quite often not from the point of view of Erast Fandorin which is both tantalising and frustrating at times It s this distance that keeps Fandorin an enigma, and keeps us coming back to learn.Fandorin has a Sherlockian intellect and impressive physical prowess He is not without his faults most notably hubris , but as a hero he is certainly a cut above the rest He also tends to get involved with a different femme fatale in each book This suits the detective genre perfectly, regardless of modern sensibilities.While the books are not really related and have few continuing characters, I d still strongly recommend to read them in order.Lastly, and this has nothing to do with Fandorin, since these are professional translations amazingly done by Andrew Bromfield via a traditional publisher, the price of ebooks and hardcovers is almost the same The ebooks are also missing some of the illustrations and other typographical effects that are present in the print I d definitely recommend reading the print edition, where possible.SummaryShould you read these novels Yes By all means, if you love historical mysteries these novels are a must read It is an intelligent, engaging, and just different enough series to be in a class of its own It s not surprising that in his home country of Russia, Akunin out sells JK Rowling In fact, since it s been a few years since I ve read them, I think I ll go back and re read my favourites Winter Queen, State Counsellor, and The Coronation Assaph Mehr, author of Murder In Absentia A story of Togas, Daggers, and Magic for lovers of Ancient Rome, Murder Mysteries, and Urban Fantasy. It is the year 1882, and Erast Petrovich Fandorin, detective and diplomat in Tsarist Russia, has returned to Moscow after six years of foreign adventures, ready to commence a new role assigned to the Governor General of Moscow Hardly has he settled into his new environment that the news spreads that his former mentor and friend General Michel Sobolev, known as Achilles by the adoring Muscovites, has been found dead Fandorin, however, is suspicious of the circumstances of the death the thirty eight year old General, fit as can be, does not die from a heart attack while sitting in an armchair in his hotel suiteThis, the fourth installment of Boris Akunin s Fandorin detective stories in English translation, there are in the Russian original is, without doubt, one of his best Fans of the series will recognize some characters from previous volumes, including Achilles and well, an enemy who might turn out to be dangerous than anybody else involved in the conspiracies centred around the Russian Royalty and governing class and the ongoing power struggle between Moscow and St Petersburg.What makes it one of Akunin s best novels His characters are very vividly drawn, Fandorin has matured even though he is still only in his late twenties, and his four years in Japan has equipped him with a few extraordinary skills and martial art tools He has also acquired a Japanese sidekick, Masa, manservant in name only Last but not least, Fandorin has found an opponent of equal intelligence, sharp and cunning Just over half way through the novel, Akunin introduces this adversary, starting with the description of childhood and upbringing The reader ends up almost liking the man The author succeeds in developing this other central character, without losing any of the tension that has been built around Fandorin s investigation We see two sides of the coin, we can make connections that neither of the characters can Not satisfied with focusing on his central characters, Akunin paints a comprehensive picture of Moscow s class society of the day, and expertly evokes the underbelly of the city and the people who try to survive there by any means Readers new to Akunin and Fandorin, will nevertheless enjoy the book, however, it would be preferable if they started at the beginning with The Winter Queen A Novel An Erast Fandorin Mystery Their enjoyment will be enhanced. I will note that while you could feasibly read this as a stand alone, you really want to go back and read the entire series in this order not necessarily in the published order the Winter Queen The Turkish Gambit Murder on the Leviathan If you haven t met Erast Fandorin, then you definitely need to go back to the Winter Queen where he gets his start This book Our young hero has literally just returned to Russia from Japan after his duties there are completed He comes to Moscow, where he is supposed to work under the auspices of one Prince Dolgoruski, who happens to be Moscow s governor I believe the year is 1882 Fandorin is accompanied by his latest sidekick he seems to have a different one in each story Masa, his Japanese companion No sooner does Erast report for duty than he learns of the death of General Sobolev who we met in The Turkish Gambit , beloved hero of Russia The government orders an autopsy, finds no foul play, but of course, Erast thinks much differently As he begins to investigate, he discovers that the bad guys and there are many in this one seem to be one step ahead of him his work will draw him into conspiracies that threaten to put an end to his short but distinguished career Each book further develops Fandorin s character, and in this one is added a bonus of the character of Masa In many ways, Masa adds a bit of comic relief when the tension starts building, and I hope this character stays for a while I highly recommend The Death of Achilles Go get started on the others so you can read this one A nice thing about series mysteries is the continuity of characters among the volumes One grows accustomed to their faces and one expects they ll be back, if not the next time you read one of the series, then soon enough.Bah Humbug sayeth Boris, happily killing off and abandoning people through the multi year festival that is this entertaining and readable series Andrew Bromfield, the translator, deserves many kudos for producing such readable and thoroughly enjoyable translations This book s title is the clue to who dies this time, but I won t spoil it for the as yet uninitiated I will, however, point them in the direction of The Winter Queen and encourage them not to shilly shally, but start reading soon.If you need a synopsis of the story, they re all over the place, but I say get goin and make reading this your March Spring treat. I love Boris Akunin s books, but I think this one is my least favorite of the Fandorin series which still ranks it fairly high Fandorin returns from many years in Japan to find himself out of favor and out of touch, exiled to Moscow and away from the political excitement of the capital He s the first one to realize that the death of an old friend and military hero is actually a murder, and the only one to pursue that trail The bodies keep piling up and the evidence of a conspiracy mounts, with Fandorin always a step behind the killer, up to the very end.I think my dissatisfaction comes primarily from how very, very good the killer seems to be The second half of the book tells his story, from his childhood through his perspective of the events of the first half, and his extraordinary abilities are pretty well justified Even so, he was not only good but extraordinarily lucky, and I didn t really enjoy that because it made his, well, competition with Fandorin less than competitive, and such a lopsided challenge is no fun I was also less than happy with the deus ex machina ending I think it was meant to show that there was another conspiracy working against the first that was actually powerful, but it wrapped everything up too easily Even so, Akunin is a wonderful storyteller, and my enjoyment of the book wasn t ruined by what dissatisfied me. Book 4 of this series and another really good one by Russian author Boris Akunin Here we have our hero Erast Fandorin stumbling into a mystery He comes to Moscow with his Japanese helper, Masa, and chooses to stay at the hotel where one of his friends and Russian hero, General Sobolov, is staying Initially rebuffed at seeing Sobolov, Fandorin gets into the fray once it is revealed that the 40ish ageed General has died of an apparent heart attack, and worse yet it was at the apartment of a courtesan Lots of Russian coverups and intrigue as Fandorin tries to solve the mystery also lots of plot twists and turns as Erast keeps discovering dead bodies everywhere The book then switches points of view at about page 200, as we now follow the life and career of the assassin oh yes, it was not a heart attack , from childhood until the killing of Sovolov So darn well plotted and well written The two antagonists finally have their stories and points of view merge by the end And very well done as the author switches from one characters mind to another all helped along with different font and type styles which allows the reader to easily follow these conflicting individuals.As always, so very well written Akunin s books are political thrillers set in old Russia and while they are fascinating they are slow reading because you do not wish to miss any of the superb writing and storytelling. .Kindle ♶ Смерть Ахиллеса ♼ In , After Six Years Of Foreign Travel And Adventure, Renowned Diplomat And Detective Erast Fandorin Returns To Moscow In The Heart Of Mother Russia His Moscow Homecoming Is Anything But Peaceful In The Hotel Where He And His Loyal If Impertinent Manservant Masa Are Staying, Fandorin S Old War Hero Friend General Michel Sobolev Achilles To The Crowd Has Been Found Dead, Felled In His Armchair By An Apparent Heart Attack But Fandorin Suspects An Unnatural Cause His Suspicions Lead Him To The Boudoir Of The Beautiful Singer Not Exactly A Courtesan Known As Wanda Apparently, In Wanda S Bed, The General Secretly Breathed His Last As someone raised on Agatha Christie, I say unabashedly that good mysteries are a delight to read The problem is that there are too few good mysteries Too many of them read like the book equivalent of Law Order, where exposition substitutes as dialogue, plot points as action, and character familiarity for true character development God Bless You, Mr Akunin.Akunin manages to weave an intricate tale that skillfully draws us into 19C Moscow and its intrigues while reflecting on larger issues such as social structure, the position of women in patriarchy, Western biases against Eastern culture, and, of course, crime and punishment both legal and moral But he does this all subtly, through the characters and their actions, so it never reads like a treatise on good behavior Fandorin and his trusty sidekick Masa are lovely, so we care about them, feeling defeated when they face setbacks and elated when they succeed And the mystery itself is well structured, with enough clues for us to follow and yet not quite put everything together as masterfully as does Fandorin I m looking forward to reading all of the books in the Fandorin series and then moving on to Sister Pelagia. I m sure I m quite late jumping on the Boris Akunin bandwagon, but if you re not familiar with him, I say, run, don t walk, to this series of mysteries featuring the Holmesian, James Bondish Russian detective of the late 1800s, Erast Fandorin.Like Henning Mankell s recent The Man From Beijing, this novel also contains two novels in one After letting Fandorin plow through a confusing tangle of clues surrounding the sudden death of a famous Russian general, the book pauses to give you the backstory of the bad guy, bring you up through his life until his path crosses with Fandorin s again in a sort of Rashomon journey through the same scenes that preceded the backstory, and then on to the exciting climax.Structure aside, it s another great yarn, enhanced by the skills and valet Fandorin acquired during time in Japan.I m now backtracking through two earlier Fandorin mysteries so I can get the chronology straight As far as I can tell, five of them have been translated into English, so here s to happy hunting. I enjoyed this book very much and it is a big improvement on Murder on the Leviathan, which I found rather formulaic This book was almost as good as Turkish Gambit with the characters much fully fleshed out than in Murder I do have a weakness for good characterisation and will forgive an author for poor plotting if his her characters are good The structure of this story works very well and I liked the final section where the story is turned around to be viewed through the eyes of Achimas I loved the character Masa and my only criticism is that the author killed off General Sobolev Criminal waste of a such a great character Great read and one to keep on your bookshelf.