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Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog by Boris Akunin
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I admit that the exotic appeals to me. So when I saw a blurb for the release of the American edition of SISTER PELAGIA AND THE WHITE BULLDOG I was, to put it mildly, curious. After all, a mystery set in Tsarist Russia of the 1870s whose heroine was a nun who acted as her bishop's special emissary to the secular world to solve crimes is not your everyday kind of plot.

Pelagia reminded me of the Thurlo's Sister Agatha, Ellis Peters's Brother Cadfael and Chesterton's Father Brown. I knew I enjoyed their adventures immensely, so figured I would hers a well. I was right! It took me a while--maybe ten pages or so--to transition to the discursive almost rambling style, but Victorian era writers wrote that way, so it ended up being one of the characteris-tics I appreciated about the book. Pelagia is altogether likeable, her subtlety a great foil to the Bishop's more thunderous approach. Akunin has him realize this and I am sure that I am not the only reader to take, as one reviewer put it, '...a decourous pleasure...' in it.--Mark
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