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Пелагия и черный монах (Sister Pelagia Mysteries #2)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  1,204 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
«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 liked it  ·  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 McShane
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
Feb 14, 2017 Cescuschrist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Жесть, конечно. Но убийца не угадывается до самого конца - не в этом ли прелесть детектива? Убийства на острове - что может быть лучше since Десять негритят? И намного интересней первой книги. Не зря же Cuculos - это про KKK.
Apr 16, 2009 Rincewind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kris McCracken
Oct 20, 2015 Kris McCracken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second novel of the Pelagia series, this time our intrepid nun investigates a series strange events in a remote island monastery. Like Akunin's other novels this one is both a cracking yarn as well as an interesting mediation on Russian history, the Orthodox religion and the societal shifts of the late-Nineteenth Century.

I really enjoyed it, and would happily recommend it to all and sundry.
Velina Todorova
Sep 27, 2015 Velina Todorova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Прекрасни са образите на Акунин - много живи и цветни. Искрено се посмях с този криминален случай, а това, че ми беше толкова забавно, няма как да не оценя с 5 звезди. Автор, който ще продължавам да чета и да препоръчвам.
Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya
завораживающе живое повествование, кажется, что знаешь героев уже много лет - невозможно оторваться! живой язык и весьма оригинальный сюжет - РЕКОМЕНДУЮ ОТ ДУШИ!!!!!
Jan 04, 2012 Denis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Что могу сказать? Акунин великолепен! Впрочем, как и всегда.
Мне очень нравятся его произведения.
Amusing. A bit confused by the Russian names, and couldn't immediately recognize the references to Russian literature since I have read very few novels by Russian authors. The story and the characters are very interesting and amusing.

Scusate, ho scritto in inglese ma il commento doveva essere in italiano. Ho letto l'edizione italiana, naturalmente. Comunque è stata una lettura divertente, l'inizio un po' tirato per le lunghe con tanti personaggi strani e apparentemente slegati, poi la trama si è
Aug 09, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  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
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
Apr 23, 2009 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2015 Yannick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, mystery
100 mots sur… Pélagie et le moine noir

L’efficacité d’un mystère policier tient dans l’équilibre que l’auteur parvient à établir entre deux facteurs: d’une part, la possibilité pour le lecteur de résoudre l’énigme à partir des indices présentés par l’intrigue (ou du moins de parvenir à une théorie plausible) et, de l’autre, l’incongruité de la solution finale qui surprend malgré l’évidence après-coup du raisonnement. De ce fait, l’énigme policière efficace est analogue à une expérience scientifiq
Nicole Gestalt
Feb 11, 2017 Nicole Gestalt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I liked this with the twists and turns at the end it didn't involve me as much as the first book.
Jan 29, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 13, 2009 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 18, 2014 Biblioworm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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
Jul 22, 2013 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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
Kevin McAllion
Oct 12, 2016 Kevin McAllion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came to this as a big fan of Akunin, having enjoyed a couple of his Erast Fandorin mysteries, and wasn't disappointed with his new creation. Sister Pelagia is an intriguing character drawn with great depth and it's great to see such a strong female lead in a novel. Sent to succeed where three men had failed and finally solve the mystery of the dreaded Black Monk, Pelagia eventually gets to the heart of the manner after more than a few twists and turns. Hugely enjoyable, I look forward to readi ...more
Joyce Kinkead
May 27, 2016 Joyce Kinkead rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read for waterways of the tsars cruise

In preparing to visit the Kirilla monastery that sits on edge of White Lake, I read this amateur detective novel about a nun that goes undercover to investigate a mysterious black monk. Set in early 1900s Russia, this novel is a real find. A tv series on Sister Pelagia was filmed in part in this locale. I preferred this series over Akunin's Erast series (e.g., The White Queen) although it was a good read for Moscow and st Petersburg.
Aug 08, 2008 Lili rated it liked it  ·  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.
May 20, 2008 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunnit
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.
May 29, 2009 Josie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 05, 2016 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
#2 in the Russian Sister Pelagia mystery series set in a distant Russian province. Time setting is the late 19th century. Pelagia is an aide to the bishop of the area and under takes to investigate what is happening a very popular religious retreat after the first 3 investigators meet with mysterious ends.

The first nearly half of the mystery moves very slowly, but picks up once Pelagia becomes actively involved in trying to solve the mystery.
Jan 11, 2010 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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.
M Rothenbuhler
Jan 25, 2016 M Rothenbuhler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh Russian geniuses, why do you write so well? I picked this book up on a whim and when I noticed later that it was translated from Russian I though, oh joy, this is going to be awkward and difficult. But, like "War and Peace," nope.

Also like W.A.P., the Russian names are tough to recall. But what a deep and multi-layered mystery. I love the organization of all the layers and the writing style. Great read, great stuff. I'm going to read ALL of them.
Sep 10, 2009 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 11, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia, detectives
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.
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Sister Pelagia Mysteries (3 books)
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“While hope is still alive, then so is God. And you, as a nun, should know that!” Pelagia responded to this reproach with a humble bow, but still she did not relent. “And Christ, when He went to the cross, did He also hope?” she asked in a quiet voice. The bishop did not immediately appreciate the full significance of this audacious question and merely frowned. But having understood it, he raised himself up to his full height, stamped his foot, and exclaimed, “Would you make a suicide of our Savior? Get thee behind me, Satan! Begone!” 0 likes
“an extremely important trip … just for a week, and there's no way I can possibly refuse. I'll be as quick as I can, on my word of honor.” He was immediately ejected from her embrace and roundly abused in terms that were severe but just. He spent the night in the study, on the hard divan,” 0 likes
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