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Пелагия и черный монах (Sister Pelagia Mysteries #2)

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«Приблизившись к зданию суда, монах натянул вожжи, останавливая разогнавшихся лошадей, соскочил наземь и крикнул Пелагии...

Впрочем, не станем пересказывать, что именно прокричал вестник, потому что это будет уже начало совсем другой истории, еще более диковинной, чем история про белого бульдога.

Пелагия быстро обернулась к преосвященному. Митрофаний не видел странного монах
Hardcover, 413 pages
Published 2007 by AST (first published 2001)
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Nov 27, 2007 AP rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: patient readers
I liked this one a lot less than the first book, Pelagia and the White Bulldog. Sister Pelagia doesn't do much except for sit around and look anxious for the first 200 pages or so. Once she starts investigating the mystery and gets actively involved, then the narrative picks up and becomes fun and exciting to read. I still adore her character and wish that the first 200 pages had more action for her character. Akunin's clever and humorous writing does show through the translation.
Melissa Proffitt
Sister Pelagia is as delightful as ever in this second book in the series. A series of mysterious deaths at an unusual monastery prompts Bishop Mitrofanii to send a series of investigators, each one with a different approach, each one a total failure at finding out the truth (one is killed, two go insane). Finally he's forced to send Pelagia, who is barred from some places in the settlement because she's female (hence sending all the failures first). Naturally, she's the only one who can solve t ...more
For people tired of the quick-cut-styled screen-written books by "New York Times Best Selling Authors" (which I am not sure is a praise anymore), Akunin offers a fresh breath of air with his innovative story-telling yet again. Half the book is in reported speech, filled with letters and notes, which surprisingly does nothing to let up on the pace. A sleek mystery, spiced with the supernatural, with a number of pop-cultural references (from the 19th century), an interesting array of characters (a ...more
This was my first Sister Pelagia mystery (although it is his #2 and my second Akunin-loved The Winter Queen)- I was drawn in to a world of Russian folfklore, mysticism and superstition , several mysterious murders and of course insanity ( so Russian). Akunin uses a style of narrative that is refreshing to read.It is literary , It is a Dostoyevsky-like narrative ( he actually refers to The Possessed as a big clue and part of the plot). Sister Pelagia, the nun who never heard of a mystery she did ...more
Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya
завораживающе живое повествование, кажется, что знаешь героев уже много лет - невозможно оторваться! живой язык и весьма оригинальный сюжет - РЕКОМЕНДУЮ ОТ ДУШИ!!!!!
Отличная книга для отдыха.
Изложение не быстрое, размеренное, но очень быстро входишь в этот неспешный ритм и наслаждаешься хорошим языком и интересным сюжетом.

Небольшой спойлер.

В какой-то момент книга превращается в довольно бессмысленную фантасмагорию. Когда оказывается, что почти все персонажи являются клиентами клиники для душевнобольных. Это уводит повествование из заданной плоскости детектива, при чтении которого подразумевается что ты пытаешься решить загадку, что явно бесполезно делать ес
Что могу сказать? Акунин великолепен! Впрочем, как и всегда.
Мне очень нравятся его произведения.
Aug 09, 2008 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like light and amusing mysteries and exotic locales
I told a friend that I was reading a Russian book and she said: "Oh they are all doom and gloom! Only read them when you want to have a big cry!" Well, there is osme truth to that. Classic Russian literature is not happy and cheerful which doesn't mean they aren't worth reading. However, Boris Akunin is not a classic Russian author. His books are light and amusing and fun too. We all know that 19th century (or early 20th century) nuns didn't travel around Russia solving mysteries and befriending ...more
Overall, a witty & erudite book, crammed full of literary allusions andenough plot twists and turns to make you dizzy! Bishop Mitrofanii is a priceless creation and sister Pelagia is easily in that rarified league of amateur superstar sleuths, some of whose other members are Miss Jane Marple, Brother Cadfael, Sister Agatha and Father Brown.

In THE BLACK MONK, Pelagia goes in disguise to a remote monastic island to discover the truth behind reports of hauntings and a curse. With her usual aplo
Hmmm. A different kind of mystery from the Russian author Boris Akunin, the pseudonym chosen deliberately to mimic Bakunin from the Revoluntionary Days. It is somewhat fantastical, but not the magical realism of the South American authors. I found that keeping track of all the characters with their varying Russian names a bit confusing. Alexi Stepanovich is sometimes called by that name, sometimes Aloshya, and sometimes Lentochkin, his last name. Of combinations of the above. And then the main c ...more
Les Wilson
Russian monastery called New Ararat is visited by a ghost who appears crowned with an eerie glow, creepy monks and pilgrims. Of the three men responsible for the investigation by the Archbishop of Zavolzhsk, one committed suicide and the other two fall into madness. The archbishop himself suffered a heart attack. Sister Pelagia then steps in to solve the mystery.
I'm not sure about a rating, and since I did not finish the book I will not give one. Akunin is writing a book set in the 1800s, and, as he likes to do, he adopts a writing style that was popular in his era---sensationalized, melodramatic, etc. He does it well, and that much I admired, but I just was not enjoying the book as a pleasure read.
An intricate mystery set on an island monastery in the ending days of Czarist Russia. The sister is a persistent and imperfect detective and the characters and setting are well constructed, with Dostoevesky's books playing a part in the, sometimes fabulous, plot.
Excellent. Father Brown appreciators will love it, but Pelagia is not as constrained by the cloth as Chesterton's creation (perhaps a benefit of orthodox rather than Catholic vows?). Enjoyed it much more than the first of the Fandorin series too.
Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk is the second in Boris Akunin’s series set in 19th century Russia in the fictional province of Zhavolsk. Our intrepid heroine is an Orthodox nun, who is also a gymnastics teacher and favorite confidante of the local Archbishop. This time she sneaks off to investigate a supernatural visitation to a nearby monastery and discovers some rather unsavory goings on (and, yet again, is nearly murdered herself.)

I love Akunin’s dry witty style and the story was suspensefu
Увлекательнейший детективный роман. Впрочем, как практически каждый, вышедший из-под пера Б.Акунина. Неординарный сюжет, лихо закрученная интрига. На протяжении всего чтения думаешь и гадаешь-наверное, этот злодей.., хотя нет, не он, а она..или не она? Нет, точно, угадала, так вот кто убивец-злодеятель! И все равно ошибаешься. У Акунина злодей чаще всего именно тот, кого заподозрить можно в последнюю очередь. И ведь как складно все выходит-не подкопаешься. И раньше времени удовольствия от интриг ...more
Levendig, humoristisch en spannend verhaal. Akoenin schrijft al huppelend in mooie taal en met kleurrijke personages. Zeer aangenaam om te lezen!
This second book in the Sister Pelagia series is a captivating mystery that kept me engaged to the very end, which was not at all what I had come to expect from the development of the story. I appreciate that Akunin has created a female protagonist who is intelligent and humble. For someone from a male-dominated society I think that is a particularly positive achievement. I hope that Akunin will write more Sister Pelagia tales. I would like to read them in Russian some day. I would agree with th ...more
Aug 21, 2008 Lili rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in light reading
Recommended to Lili by: nobody
I'm not generally a mystery reader and prefer ones set in historical places or scifi/mysteries to contemporary settings. This book did not disappoint in terms of holding my attention and was a perfect read for a long plane ride there and back again.

Now that I have found this author I am interested in reading more of Akunin's Pelagia stories as well as the mystery series featuring a male detective which is also set in late 19th century Russia.
Rebecca Stuhr
Lots of good and lots of evil.
I was bored by the first book and was pleasantly surprised by this book. The way it is told keeps your attention and the bishop's investigators disappear one at a time, and the mystery seems to get cloudier rather than clearer. The final reveal was something far more than I expected and lifted the veil in such a way that I did not feel cheated in any way, but truly taken aback by how well the writer concealed things and used the format of the book to increase the tension and draw me deeper.
This is the second book in the Sister Pelagia series and I may well investigate the first, and definetly look forward to the third. The story is very well told, the reveal of "who done it" is kept very close to the authors vest until almost the last few pages. Sister Pelagia is of course a spunky, sluething nun, but she is Eastern Orthodox which makes this story different from the usual religious detective genre. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it without hesitation.
Catherine Woodman
I am unfamiliar with this series, and I agree with another reviewer--I felt like I was plopped down in the middle of a complex situation, and did not quite get where it really started--apparently in another book is where it started. I didn't get the sense that that was the case tho'. I think it is a Russian sensibility that carries the reader along on this complex storyline, and then gradually leaves you off at the end, kind of like you are surfing a wave. Very enjoyable.
A very nice book indeed. I loved it from the first pages. It has action, many different persoanlities and their actions that help you learn more about people.

It is a great story that makes you wonder throughout the whole book what is going to happen and how is the story going to end.

The basic character, Pelagia, is an extremely nice - by me- personality that risks for the good and has this admirable courage and loyalty that you can do nothing but love her.
I am absolutely carried away with love for this captivating book. Sister Pelagia and Bishop Mitrofanii are an excellent pair. I believe that I prefer them to Akunin's other sleuth, Erast Fandorin, who is a compelling figure but a bit cold. The plot of this book is genuinely creepy, but the basic goodness of Pelagia and Mitrofanii is reassuring to the reader. The world may be full of evil, but there are still people who work for justice.
I have been greedily anticipating this book (such luck! two of Akunin's books out in like 6 months). Different than the Erast Fandorin books, but the red-headed adventurious nun has grown on me. Almost makes me want to live in back-water 1890s Russia for a few minutes, until I stop to reconsider.

Once I started this book, I had to stay up all night until I finished it. And I was not disappointed--another excellent book by Akunin.
Another great page turner from Akunin. I don't think I'll ever get tired of reading him. This mystery revolves around the strange mysteries of a monastic island and the local legend of the Black Monk. The community also houses a new asylum. Poor Pelagia doesn't know who is sane or not. It is hallucinations or is it foul play? The mystery is a great balance with the mysticism and science. I never had the right culprit.
This was my first book to read of Akunin. I usually stay away from Russians writers (I have a few exceptions), but I will definitely look for more by this author. I loved his sense of humor, the neat mystery he created, his wide range of materials he included, and his sympathy with Christianity. It was a nice look at the early 1900's in Russia. I hope his other books will not be a change from this.
Margaret Sankey
Boris Akunin occasionally takes a break from Inspector Fandorin to add new volumes to another series--Sister Pelagia, a well-educated, sophisticated upper class woman who is an Orthodox nun tasked by the church and the czarist government to sort out problems, from country house murders to mysterious disappearances from a resort town connected to a monastery with a sinister secret.
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Real name - Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili (see Grigory Chkhartishvili), born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1956. Since 1958 he lives in Moscow. Writer and translator from Japanease. Author of crime stories set in tsarist Russia. In 1998 he made his debut with novel Azazel (to English readers known as The Winter Queen), where he created Erast Pietrovich Fandorin.

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Other Books in the Series

Sister Pelagia Mysteries (3 books)
  • Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog (Sister Pelagia Mysteries, #1)
  • Pelagia and the Red Rooster (Sister Pelagia Mysteries, #3)
The Winter Queen (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #1) Murder on the Leviathan (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #3) The Turkish Gambit (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #2) The Death of Achilles (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #4) Special Assignments (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #5)

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