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Murder on the Leviathan (Erast Fandorin Mysteries #3)

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Paris, 1878. In a stately mansion on the rue de Grenelle, an eccentric antiquarian and nine members of his household are found murdered, and a precious Indian statue is missing. The only piece of evidence from the crime scene is a golden badge shaped like a whale. The trinket is in fact the emblem of the Leviathan, an enormous steamship soon to depart for Calcutta. Surely ...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published February 8th 2005 by Random House Trade (first published 1998)
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Jan 28, 2008 Stanka rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Absolutely everyone
I am a slow, really slow, reader but this book took me a day and a half. For someone faster, it may be a matter of hours. I suppose that's all recommending you need, but here is some more. Akunin -- recommended to me as "the best Russian novelist today" (except that he's Georgian) -- writes a really hilarious parody of Agatha Christie-type murder mysteries, notably a novel like "Murder on the Orient Express." What he "takes" from Christie is a confined luxurious setting (in his case, it's a larg ...more
Diana Vassileva-ditsy
Jul 10, 2014 Diana Vassileva-ditsy rated it it was amazing
Да, да....точно така, това са 5 звезди! Безупречен, интересен, интригуващ...дори забавих четенето, за да удължа удоволствието.
Акунин отново показва безупречния си стил. А Ераст Фандорин е...ех. Образът му на невероятно логичен и интелигентен мъж се развива все повече, а романтичния ореол около героя засия още по-силно. Нищо общо с влюбения наивен младок от "Азазель".

В "Левиатан" мистерията е пълна, повестта започва с гръм и трясък, мигновена интрига и загадка и грабва още от първата страница...б
Самый великолепный детектив, который я когда-либо читала. Тайна - кто убийца? - держалась до самого конца. Во время прочтения я подозревала то одного персонажа, то другого. Мне казалось, что каждый из них мог бы быть виновником.
Необычна и манера написания. Мы знаем, что Фандорин — главное лицо в серии Бориса Акунина. Однако здесь он одновременно и главный, и второстепенный герой.
Очень сложно, наверное, понять, как такое возможно. Нужно прочитать самому. Кстати, читать советую всем. Вне зависим
Marts  (Thinker)
Jul 20, 2011 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime
A pretty good multiple murder mystery with an interesting array of characters...
Dec 01, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
A couple of years ago I read Akunin's Sister Pelagia & the White Bulldog, and rather enjoyed it -- enough, anyway, to give him another try. I really had no idea of the treat I had in store: this is a splendid piece, by turns poignant, mystifying and (often gloriously) funny.

In 1878 there's a ghastly mass murder in a Paris home, and a sacred gold statue and a shawl, both treasures from British-conquered India, are stolen. The statue is dredged up from the bottom of the Seine not long after. T
Jun 22, 2013 Cat. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, history
This was a bit of a strange duck. It's a locked-room mystery set on a ship ("Death on the Nile" anyone?), although the crime happened in Paris weeks earlier. It is told from the viewpoints of each of the characters, chapter by chapter (including one by the person who ends up being "It"). It features a bumbling inspector from Paris who is smart, but not as smart as he thinks he is. It is set in the 1870s, although it feels more like it should be set in the pre-World War I era (1910s). And the per ...more
Richard Derus
Feb 02, 2011 Richard Derus rated it really liked it
Diverting entry in an ongoing series. Erast Fandorin is a charming, nineteenth-century Russian James Bond-if-he-was-fathered-by-Nero-Wolfe sleuth trapped on board a huge new luxury liner with a greedy, murderous genius who is after the world's greatest hoard of gemstones.

People die right and left as the sleuth, ineptly assisted by seemingly every passenger assigned to eat in his dining room, closes in on the inevitable identification of the killer/fortune hunter. Much entertaining diversion avai
Susan Grigsby
Feb 23, 2012 Susan Grigsby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
I knew when I read The Winter Queen that Boris Akunin was an author of rare talent. I raved about his ability to transport the reader to the Russia of the Czars in a wonderfully florid style. The Winter Queen was the first of the Erast Fandorin series of mysteries. Akunin has decided that there are 16 different genres of mysteries, and 16 different personality types according to an interview he gave the San Diego Reader. The Winter Queen was the international conspiracy novel. The second book i ...more
Nadia Ghanem
Bloody awful. Ugh.
Melissa McShane
I'm already a fan of the Erast Fandorin mysteries, and this one didn't change my opinion at all. Police commissioner Gauche, on the trail of a vicious murderer and thief, collects a small group of travelers journeying from Europe to Japan by luxury steamship, believing his culprit is among them. Fortunately for him, Fandorin is after the same thing, because "Papa" Gauche isn't as good an investigor as he believes. And Fandorin is.

I particularly liked how the story is told from different perspect
Jan 23, 2015 Danuta rated it liked it
A second book by Akunin that I listened to but enjoyed much less than previous "Azazel". I hoped that this one would pick up where "Azazel" ended but disappoints in this respect. Fandorin's great personal tragedy is mentioned but really just brushed aside. It's again an old type of mystery novel, written almost as a pastiche of Agatha Christie-type of murder story. Horrible crime took place in Paris and a clue leads to the Leviathan, an English passenger ship, the biggest and fastest vessel of t ...more
Oct 16, 2010 Froglily rated it it was ok
Shelves: 220, mysteries
Russian detective Erast Fandorin is one suspect among several confined on shipboard while a French police commissioner investigates the murder of the eccentric Lord Littleby.

A clue dropped at the site of a horrific murder leads Paris police commissioner “Papa” Gauche to sail on the maiden voyage of the steamship Leviathan. Ten of the passengers are suspects, including the Russian detective Erast Fandorin. Each passenger has his or her own story to tell, secrets to protect, and view of the other
Jill Hutchinson
To put it simply, I loved this book. It was written in the style used in the Golden Age of Mystery and surprisingly is a translation from the Russian. This is one of a series and the first that I have read......needless to say, I will be reading more by this author.
The luxury liner, Leviathan, is the setting for mystery, although the first chapter sets the stage for all that follows.....a mass murder in Paris and the theft of a priceless artifact. A nosy and crude French policeman, Commissioner
Craig W.
Feb 26, 2011 Craig W. rated it really liked it
In search of the perpetrator of a multiple murder in Paris, a French detective pursues his quarry aboard the steamer Leviathan which is traveling to India in about 1878. Erast Fandorin, a young Russian diplomat/detective on his way to Japan meets the ship along the way. The mystery is fine though not very original. Fandorin has the advantage of the frenchman at every step. He's a bit of a cross between Holmes and Poirot.

Parts of the story are related by several of the eclectic, international gro
Margo Brooks
Jan 21, 2012 Margo Brooks rated it really liked it
Book #3, in which our humble hero, Erast Fandorin, now a diplomat on his way to Japan, solves a particularly brutal set of murders and catches a notorious criminal. Ten people are murdered in a robbery-gone-wrong in Paris, where the loot is senselessly thrown into the Seine and one of the victims is left holding a brooch that links the murderer to the maiden voyage of the luxury liner, Leviathan. Thus begins this mystery, a very entertaining homage to Agatha Christie. Beginning with the secretiv ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Joni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kirjastosta
Boris Akunin jatkaa kirjallisia seikkailujaan, tällä kertaa perinteisellä suljetun huoneen mysteerillä. Brittiläinen intialaisten aarteiden kerääjä ja koko palveluskunta löydetään murhattuna, ja jäljet johtavat uuden Leviatan-laivan neitsytmatkan ensimmäisen luokan matkustajiin. Selviääkö murhaaaja, ennen kuin laiva saapuu määränpäähänsä Intiaan? Myös sarjan sankari, venäläinen Erast Fandorin on epäiltyjen joukossa... Suosittelen!
Luke Meehan
Feb 25, 2014 Luke Meehan rated it really liked it
A brilliant pastiche of Christie-clone murder mysteries, done with palpable sensitivity and humour. Akunin de-emphasises the 'mystery' of the genre, instead using character revelation to generate suspense. Exceptional work weakened only by the outre silliness of the setting and mild racism of the sketches. But then, perhaps that's all part of the charm.
Damjan Krstanović
Jan 25, 2015 Damjan Krstanović rated it it was amazing
I've read several Fandorin adventures, but this one is the best by far. It's written in pow style of several characters on giant ship Leviathan. Style varies from person to person telling the story, which is full of intrigue, drama, mystery and murder. Like every true detective story should be. A must read for any fans of mystery stories of old.
Pinko Palest
Oct 26, 2016 Pinko Palest rated it it was amazing
I've got really hooked on Fandorin now. Yes, the end of the story is extremely far fetched, but other than that it's great fun. Nice to have a Russian for once show the English and the French how it's done. Hope he gets to do it to the Americans as well in the books to come
Petra S.
Nov 20, 2016 Petra S. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
dosadno, neuvjerljivo i predvidljivo
May 11, 2017 Melanie rated it really liked it
Loved it. Very Agatha Christie-ish.
Jun 16, 2017 Barak rated it liked it
Fun to read
Sofia Momot
Jun 12, 2017 Sofia Momot rated it really liked it
Great story with thoughtful plot. Ever character has their own secrets which keeps the reader glued to the book. Nice, very nice
Jenny Grant
Jun 05, 2017 Jenny Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling and gripping, twists and turns aplenty, no idea whodunnit until the end, perfect detective book!
Mar 19, 2017 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Good mystery. Read it on Agatha Christie style of book. Yes it was.
Nit pick on the boat history.
The Leviathan sailed from 1914-1934 and this book is the late 1800's
The Great Eastern is what he describes and they did share a name shortly but
in the book he says the Great Eastern came first and was the Leviathan sister ship.
The Great Eastern also went thru the Suez Canal like the book.
So his ship history is incorrect.
Laura Edwards
A thoroughly enjoyable read. And how many times can one say that? This book reminded me of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express". I really liked the different viewpoints within each chapter. And, as always, Erast Fandorin remains an enigmatic character, part of the charm of the series. The reader's perception of him is similar to that of all the secondary characters. And Akunin does a nice job of creating secondary characters, which is important since they change in each book.

My favor
Mar 06, 2017 Janis rated it did not like it
I expected to like this book, but just couldn't get interested.
Goran K
Jan 19, 2015 Goran K rated it really liked it
First, I must say that I'm again disappointed by Croatian publishers who publish one book from series, than skip next one, than publish third etc. That's why I didn't read The Turkish Gambit, because it's not translated in Croatian, and libraries often do not have English editions. I'll try to find the 2nd novel from series in English, but probably won't succeed. So far, I've read the first and sixth novel from Fandorin series.

In comparison to the previous book, this is obvious advance. It's wri
Kel McGowan
Feb 06, 2013 Kel McGowan rated it liked it
So I'm on week 1 of my 52AZ, where I aim to read 52 books by author surnames A-Z in one year. Thereby experiencing new books and writers that I otherwise wouldn't have thought to read.

I finished ahead of schedule this week with Murder On The Leviathan by Boris Akunin, also known as Grigory Chkhartishvili. 236 pages, not including the extract of another of his books, Turkish Gambit.

MOTL is a murder story, set upon a 19th Century equivalent of a cruise liner. A strange situation has arisen in Pari
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing
3rd in the Erast Fandorin series.[return][return]This is a lightweight series that I hope Akunin is having as much fun writing as he appears to be doing. This installment, according to the cover blurbs, is a takeoff on Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. Certainly, it s very different in style from the first two. Told from the points of view of different passengers of the mammoth luxury liner Leviathan, on her maiden cruise in 1878, the plot involves a horrendous murder of 12 people in Paris before ...more
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“Одинок полет
Светлячка в ночи.
Но в небе - звезды.
"В чем же смысл интуитивно возникшего во мне трехстишья? Человек - одинокий светлячок в бескрайнем мраке ночи. Свет его так слаб, что освещает лишь крошечный кусочек пространства, а вокруг лишь холод, тьма и страх. Но если отвести испуганный взгляд от находящейся внизу темной земли и посмотреть ввысь (всего-то и надо - повернуть голову!), то увидишь, что небо покрыто звездами. Они сияют ровным, ярким и вечным светом. Звезды - твои друзья, они помогут и не бросят в беде. А чуть позже ты понимаешь другое, не менее важное: светлячок - тоже звезда, такая же, как все остальные. Те, что в небе, тоже видят твой свет, и он помогает им вынести холод и мрак Вселенной.
Наверное, моя жизнь не изменится. Я буду такой же, как прежде, - и суетный, и вздорный, и подверженный страстям. Но в глубине моей души будет жить достоверное знание. Оно спасет и поддержит меня в трудную минуту. Я больше не мелкая лужа, которую может расплескать по земле сильный порыв ветра. Я - океан, и буря, прокатившись всесокрушающим цунами по моей поверхности, не затронет сокровенных моих глубин.”
“Че човек е самотна светулка в безкрайната тъмнина на нощта.Светлината му е толкова слаба, че огрява микроскопична част от пространството, а наоколо е студ, мрак и страх.Но ако отместиш поглед от тъмната земя там долу и погледнеш към висините (само толкова се иска - да обърнеш глава!), ще видиш, че небето е цялото в звезди.Те сияят с равна, ярка и вечна светлина.Не си самотен в мрака....Онези, които са на небето, виждат твоята светлина и тя им помага да понесат студа и мрака на Вселената.” 1 likes
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