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Turkish Gambit by Boris Akunin
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Nov 24, 2010

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bookshelves: russia, crime, 20th-century, historical-fiction
Read from November 21 to 24, 2010 , read count: 2

Another one for you Paul!

It's much better second time around. I think I panic read it immediately after Murder on the Leviathan (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #3) by Boris Akunin last time, so didn't really absorb all the subtle nuances pointing to the spy. Also, call it being more used to the myriad patronymic Russian names, this time I was less confused/bogged down by people being called different things.

To the story though! As ever it's a neat mix of Holmes, Tolstoy and my A-Level history teacher Mr Hydes. Strangely Fandorin takes a backseat to lady-lead Varvara and the return of Zurov and Sobolov, so you get a feel there's more going on off the page than on it, which is probably how Varvara feels.

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