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The Coronation

(Erast Fandorin Mysteries #7)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,492 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Boris Akunin has been hailed as Russia's answer to both Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for his beloved Fandorin mystery series. After five years spent abroad building up a business as something of a private investigator, the handsome, stuttering Fandorin is back in Moscow--and in for a case that entangles him with the highest echelons of Romanov royalty. Grand ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Mysterious Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Set in turn of the century (1900) Imperial Russia. An Impressive start& a new twist as we have the story this time being narrated by the butler of the Imperial household with the Romanov's being front & centre of the mystery. As usual the master of disguise (former) state counsellor Erast Fadorin is the star of the show but it’s the butler who plays a great second fiddle to Erast on their romp across Moscow to foil a gang of villains.

The opening scene revolves around the upcoming “Coron
Assaph Mehr
One of my absolute favourites in the series. The story is told in first person from the viewpoint of the majordomo to the imperial house. As with all butlers, he has very distinct view about his charges, about foreigners, and about the ceremonies and events that happen. The plot deals with both the coronation of Nikolai II and of the Khodynka Tragedy that followed.

Part of what makes this a masterpiece is exactly the same reason that makes it frustrating at times. Our protagonist is observed by 3
Chrissa Vasileiou
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Η άποψή μου για την "Στέψη" του Boris Akunin στο site "Book City": Η στέψη
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Είναι το πρώτο του συγγραφέα που διαβάζω, στην αρχή μπερδεύτηκα με τα ονόματα και οι πληροφορίες που έδινε με έκαναν να βαριέμαι αρκετά, αλλά καθώς άρχισε η δράση με συνεπήρε κ μένα η αφήγησή. Ήταν ωραίο ανάγνωσμα αλλά επειδή η αρχή με δυσκόλεψε ε δεν θα το πρότεινα να το διαβάσει κανείς σε καμία παραλία με τον ήλιο απο πάνω αλλά να βρει την κατάλληλη στιγμή. Δεν θα σχολιάσω για το χαρακτήρα του 'ντετέκτιβ' γιατί έχω ανάμεικτα συναισθήματα. Έτσι παράμ παπάμ έχουμε 4 αστεράκια γιατί το plot twist ...more
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Έχω διαβάσει πάμπολλα αστυνομικά βιβλία. Πολλά, μάλιστα, απ' αυτά, διαδραματίζονται σε εποχές αρκετά μακρινές σε σχέση με το σήμερα. Ελάχιστα εξ' αυτών, σε άλλον αιώνα, αλλά κι αυτά τα υπέγραφαν συγγραφείς που έζησαν τα χρόνια εκείνα, όπου το αστυνομικό είχε εξ' ορισμού άλλη ταυτότητα σε σχέση με τα σημερινά δεδομένα. Πρώτη φορά, λοιπόν, έπεσε στα χέρια μου βιβλίο σύγχρονου συγγραφέα, ο οποίος με ταξιδεύει λίγο πριν το 1900, και μάλιστα στη Ρωσία, παντρεύοντας το ιστορικό με το αστυνομικό στοιχε ...more
Georgette Ioannitca
Καλογραμμένο με χιούμορ,ψαγμένο με γνώσεις γεγονότων και πρωτότυπο ανάγνωσμα που πάνω απ'όλα πρωταγωνιστικό ρόλο κρατά η ΡΩΣΙΑ.Εντυπωσιακό ξεκίνημα για την οικογένεια-αυτοκρατορία των ΡΟΜΑΝΟΦ και την αποτύπωση τους μέσα από τα διάφορα γεγονότα και την αφηγηματική διήγηση του αρχιοικονόμου .Ένας συνδυασμός αστυνομικών - ιστορικών - φανταστικών γεγονότων.Υπόθεση που περιστρέφεται γύρων από την επερχόμενη στέψη του αυτοκράτορα και ενάντια σε αυτήν τοποθετείται και το μυθιστόρημα με πολύ μυστήριο κα ...more
Nancy Oakes
Book seven in the Erast Fandorin series brings us to 1896 and the coronation of Nicholas II as the last Russian czar. Like its predecessor The State Counsellor, The Coronation is steeped in accurate historical detail, from the name of the new Czar's horse to the horrible events that occurred in the field at Khodynka. Unlike The State Counsellor, Fandorin is acting as a lone wolf here, no longer holding his previous position as Deputy for Special Assignments to the Governor General of Moscow. The ...more
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Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent mystery novel in the Fandorin series, while not my favourite there is still enough here to enjoy and I finished it in a fairly short time which usually means it was a good read. I won't say too much about the plot as others have done so but there are a lot of great moments in this book and I have already ordered the next in the series.
Golan Schzukin
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buy, read-hebrew
One of the better ones in the series
Maria Thermann
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a brilliant read! I can't wait to get my hands on another one of Akunin's novels. Extremely well written, funny to the point where I laughed out loud, and thought-proving at the same time, the novel is set against the backdrop of the last Russian Tsar's coronation (Nicholas II). It also attempts to explain how the Russian public's perception of their monarchy began to change at that time. These are the years leading up to the last Tsar's murder and the slaughter of his immediate family memb ...more
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Akunin's attempt at the high-society detective (recall that he writes each novel according to some stereotype of the genre), and in this novel, Erast Fandorin is as high-society as high-society can be - beloved of a Russian princess and investigating the kidnapping of a cousin of the newly crowned Czar. Nicholas II is a weak man and needs his coronation to complete without a hitch, but the kidnappers promise to deliver pieces of the little boy if their demands are not acceded to, and the ...more
Kris McCracken
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The seventh novel of the Erast Fandorin series, we fast forward to 1896 Moscow, just prior to the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II. It does wonderfully well in capturing the atmosphere of late-nineteenth century Russia and the decline of the 'great' houses and families of the empire.

This time, the narrator is Afanasi Ziukin, head butler to the family of one of the new Tsar's uncles. Drawn into events after the kidnapping of a young prince, Ziukin presents a flawed vision of events and tense relati
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each of Akunin's Erast Fandorin novels evokes a different classic detective writer (The Winter Queen – Wilkie Collins, Leviathan – Agatha Christie) but I'm struggling with this one: I'm seeing Conan Doyle – it feels very Holmes-like except Fandorin is more of a rake in this one than ever, and than Holmes.

A strapping and entertaining tale (based around the coronation of Nicholas II – the last Tsar) of kidnap, murder, assorted skulduggery, romance, and Moscow's gay underground: all the key items o
Anna Bergmark
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would ptefer Fandorin to be not only the hero but the main character as well, but this worked out just fine.

The first person narrator is a head butler to a branch of the imperial family. He's very, very stiff and outrageously loyal (both Downton Abbey and The Reamains of the Day springs to mind), but he's also privy to all the backstage dirt and is so secretly in love with a governess in the household that he hardly knows it himself. All this gives ample opportunities for humour and in the en
Angie Boyter
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Suspenseful literary historic comedy of manners and a fun read!
It is May, 1896, and all of Russia is excitedly preparing for the coronation of a new Tsar, Nicholas II. No one is more excited or busier than Afanasii Stepanovich Ziukin, butler in the imperial household and the narrator of The Coronation. The excitement takes a very different turn, however, when Afanasii goes on a walk in the park with Nicholas’ cousins, Mikhail and Xenia, and 4-year-old Mikhail’s French governess. Little Mikhail i
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
הספר התחיל חזק וטוב עם חטיפת בן אחיו של הצאר והופעתו המפתיעה של פנדורין, שידע מי החוטף, ולא היסס להמליץ לצאר כיצד לנהוג כדי לאתר את הילד ואת החוטף ובמקביל להציל את מעמד ההכתרה. ציפיתי שפנדורין יעשה את הקסם שלו, יחבר 1 ל-1, יעשה כל מיני תרגילי הטעיה, ויפיל בפח את דר' לינד המרושע. אבל לצערי דווקא דר' לינד היה זה שהוביל את העלילה והיתל בפנדורין, עד שבשלב מסויים נהיה מייגע ומתיש לקרוא את הספר. ב-2 הפרקים האחרונים דילגתי על מלא עמודי ברברת כדי להגיע כבר לסוף המעט מאכזב.
התחיל טוב, אבל איבד את התנופה א
Akos Toth
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good read on goodreads!
My all-time favourite Erast Petrovich Fandorin is back in The Coronation through the very precious eyes of a servant of the Tsar family accidentally finding himlself in a kidnapping and the 19th century investigation of police special forces vs. professional investigation of Fandorin himself.
Very well detailed background of every day life of the Russian Tsar family, noble Russians and late 19th century Moscow by Boris Akunin.
Liked the investigation line a lot, h
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could enjoy so much more this story and even give it a higher rating if it wasn't for the character of Afanasi Zioukin, what an infuriating person, I disliked so much that I wanted to finish as soon as possible the book in order not to read more about him!
I liked the plot of the book and final twist which I didn't saw coming even if it was clear after a small detail! Though it's the seventh book in the Erast Fandorin serie it's the first story I read with him and I liked it very much so I gue
ანი ჩახნაშვილი
როგორც ყოველთვის, არაჩვეულებრივია. თავიდან ცოტა გაწელილად მომეჩვენა, რამდენჯერმე გადავდე, თავიდან დავიწყე, მაგრამ სადღაც შუა წიგნიდან.. <3

დეტექტივებს საერთოდ სწრაფი სიუჟეტების გამო ვკითხულობ ხოლმე, მაგრამ აკუნინთან პერსონაჟები იმედნად სრულფასოვნად გამოხატულები არიან რომ, მიმიქარავს ბევრი სერიოზული წიგნი :დ
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great historical mystery featuring the flamboyant Fandorin seen through the eyes of the punctilious butler Ziukin. It has many interesting twists, but is rather longer than needed.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little slow to get into because of the narrator Butler Ziukin’s insufferable character, but fantastic story. Fandorin as awesome as ever. Echoes of Holmes and Moriarty throughout.
Mosca, 1896. Alla vigilia dell'incoronazione del nuovo zar, Nicola II, la famiglia imperiale rischia di essere travolta da uno scandalo di dimensioni colossali: un cugino dello zar è stato rapito da un pericoloso criminale che, in cambio, chiede uno dei pezzi più importanti dei gioielli dei Romanov, il diamante Orlov. Fandorin, rientrato in patria per seguirne le tracce, si mette al servizio della corona per sventare il disastro e catturare la sua nuova nemesi, con la segreta speranza di poter r ...more
Green Hedgehog
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
После «Статского советника» этот роман показался мне достаточно проходным. Ну, то есть он смог удивить кое-чем, неплохо запудрил мозг, опять же поведал детали жизни дореволюционной Москвы и России вообще. Но вот не хватало в нем чего-то захватывающего. Точка зрения на героя опять сместилась. Вместо Фандорина у нас Афанасий Зюкин – дворецкий великого князя Георгия Александровича Романова (да, да из тех самых Романовых). Он приезжает в Москву вместе с двором великого князя и оказывается впутанным ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
"The Coronation" is a mystery set in May 1896 in Moscow. It's the seventh book in a series. You don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one, and this novel didn't spoil the previous novels.

The viewpoint character was a butler for the Grand Duke Georgii Alexandrovich. He spent a lot of time thinking about his butler duties in the first part of the book. While interesting, that did slow the pacing for the suspense and mystery. The series heroes are not viewpoint characters, so we
Mariella Deliyannis
Εξαιρετικό! Το μόνο που μπορώ να πω κλείνοντας το βιβλίο! Ο Ακούνιν δημιουργεί ένα πλήρες σύμπαν και συμπαρασύρει σαν μέσα σε ανεμοστρόβιλο τον αναγνώστη που παρακολουθεί τα τεκταινόμενα με κομμένη την ανάσα. Ο συγγραφέας έχει επιλέξει μια πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα ιστορική περίοδο, τα τελευταία χρόνια της τσαρικής Ρωσίας, που τα βλέπει με αισιόδοξο μάτι και όχι με τη γνώση της καταστροφής που ήλθε το 1918. Μεγάλοι Δούλες, πρίγκηπες, η τσαρική οικογένεια, ο τρόπος ζωής της τσαρικής Ρωσίας παρελαύνει με ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: russia, mystery
This book is wonderful and it made me work to fact check what things were like in Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution.
As for the detective Fandorin, he is resourceful, athletic, a master of disguises, insightful, is plagued by a nemesis, is a master of logic, and has a very useful sleuthing partner. Sound somewhat familiar? But he is definitely his own character, just as Russia is quite dissimilar from England even in this time of the final days of the tsars.
The investigation of the kidnapp
Kathleen Gray
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fans of this series are in for a treat in this latest installment told by the Butler at the Hermitage. Set at the time of the Coronation of Nicolas II and awesomely filled with fun details, it's once again a mystery solved by Erast Fandorin, a truly cool detective. If you haven't read these before, don't worry- Akunin gives you enough details to fully engage you and I don't think you'll miss anything. The kidnapping of a child sets off this latest foray into the machinations of the bad guys of T ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to Grove Press for the advanced copy. I was excited to see a package from them and that it had a Fandorin in it was another pleasure altogether. Why do I like this series so much? I’m not usually one for Russians. Maybe because Fandorin isn’t the star of his own book. You here about him. You don’t know what he’s thinking. I was delighted with the twists and turns, even though those Russian names make it damn hard to keep the characters straight. I hope there will be more, but this on ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: criminal
Not my favorite book of the series. I didn't like the narrator, Ziukin, very much, although I cannot deny that he was portrayed with fantastic talent, and from his POV as well, which is a difficult task.
I don't usually like diabolical villains who are smarter, stronger and more cunning than the MC.
Also I didn't like making fun of gays and using the Khodynka tragedy in the plot.
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Other books in the series

Erast Fandorin Mysteries (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • The Winter Queen (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #1)
  • The Turkish Gambit (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #2)
  • Murder on the Leviathan (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #3)
  • The Death of Achilles (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #4)
  • Special Assignments (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #5)
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  • Любовница смерти (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #8)
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