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Pelagia & The Red Rooster by Boris Akunin
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Jul 23, 11

bookshelves: crime, fiction-russian

Akunin's previous Pelagia novels have seemed a little Miss Marple, but in this he gets much more politically contentious and contemporary, and there are considerably more corpses than in either of the previous titles. Like all detective novels this is at heart conservative (the solution of the 'crime' means that order and stability are restored) except in this case we are not entirely sure what the result is: the conspirators remain concealed, Pelagia seems to have disappeared, central characters are dead, and her spiritual mentor, the Bishop, a long way from home. In both his previous outings, Akunin has ended the book wth the apparent retirement of his characters – Pelagia here and Fadorin in The State Counsellor: always the good sign of a sequel. This is to my mind the best of the Pelagia novel this far, there is grand conspiracy, doubt of faith, and existential conundrum galore. All good fun, and useful entertaining diversion.
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