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The Coronation

(Erast Fandorin Mysteries #7)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,889 ratings  ·  117 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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Andy
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 “Coronation”,
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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
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Jane
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
At various times I've read the whole series that's been translated into English so far, and consider this episode the best so far. Narrated by the butler to one of the Romanov royal family, this tells of the coronation of Nicholas II--really, the kidnapping of one of the sons, a little boy, Mika, and the efforts of Fandorin, the butler, Afanasy, and others to rescue him and to keep out of the hands of the archcriminal, Dr. Lind, the Orlov diamond, which will play a part in the coronation. As ran ...more
Kat
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
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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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Peter
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.
Tom
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.
Janet
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
May have laughed out loud (quietly though) in flight on this one, a little hard to keep track of all the royalty.
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
M M
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
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Malcolm
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
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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
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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
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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
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Theresa
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.
Golan Schzukin
One of the better ones in the series
Rik Brooymans
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This is my first try of a Fandorin mystery and, while I enjoyed it, I'm not sure I enjoyed it enough to dip back in for another volume.

The novel is beautifully constructed and profoundly well-written. Kudos to the translator for a version so melodic that you could imagine it was originally written in English. The prose is slow and descriptive, but in an interesting way. I liken it to floating down an extremely scenic stretch of a slow-moving river. While some people might get more enjoyment out
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Debbie
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
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Darrell Woods
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Fandorin 7 finds us at the Coronation of the Tsar in Moscow in 1897. There are enough historical facts in the novel (a throne made of diamonds wow!) but they are merely a backdrop to a game of cat and mouse between the arch criminal mastermind Doctor Lind and our hero. Lind appears out of nowhere and it’s a shame the Doctor wasn’t alluded to in some way in previous books - but then that never harmed Moriarty, and there are parallels to that confrontation. There is quite a lot of humour running t ...more
Mike
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting blend of history and fiction. The mystery is set against the backdrop of the Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II. The story, oddly, was told not from the point of view of the detective, Erast Fandorin, but through the eyes of the very irritating butler Anafasii Zuikan. For the first 50 pages I was determined not to read any more mysteries in the series. I warmed up to the story and enjoyed it very much. It contained intricate twists and turns. I found the unmasking of Dr. Lind, ...more
Maureen
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a good mystery, because every time that you are led through the solution of part of the mystery, another element remains to be solved - all the way through to the very very end!

The narrator’s voice is the most memorable feature of this book for me. He is so obsequious!!! But he is a very proud member of the 19th century servant class. His identity comes from serving his masters well, according to rules made by others far removed.
But he is also loyal, lonely, and not at all lovable. Thi
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Jan
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, russia
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
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Jenna
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Darn those russians & their melancholy endings!!!!
i wasn't too keen on the ending.
i like the Erast Fandorin character & his sidekick Masta.
and the mystery was well done.
the bad guy slips up w/a tiny clue which i caught at the same time as the detective in the story so that was cool.

I did most of the previous ones in this series on audio which helped b/c of the Russian names & all the details in them. there were alot of characters, I found myself getting lost as to who was who.

The writer does
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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
Angie
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
Johanne
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series and love the Erast Fandorin character which is why it annoys me so much that the author often chooses to have other characters narrate his stories. You can’t even develop an attachment to these secondary characters has they never reappear in following books.

The narrator of this story I’ll be happy to see go, however. What an annoying naive stick in the mud!

As in the previous book, Fandorin’s Japanese allie just leaves the story without an explanation, in spite of the f
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Therese
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Csar Nicholas is about to be crowned. All the state jewels are dusted off for the ceremony. Every thief and scoundrel wants to get his hands on these priceless items. Could anything go wrong? Of course! A 4-year-old Grand Duke is kidnapped and held to ransom. What will free the toddler? The handing over of the Orlov, a 200-carat diamond. Erast Fandorin is retained by the royal family with the usual twists and turns, breath-taking suspense and extreme danger at the hands of Dr. Lind, the master-m ...more
Tiamat
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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Real name - Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili (Russian: Борис Акунин; Georgian: გრიგოლ შალვას ძე ჩხარტიშვილი; Аlso see Grigory Chkhartishvili), born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1956. Since 1958 he lives in Moscow. Writer and translator from Japanese. Author of crime stories set in tsarist Russia. In 1998 he made his debut with novel Azazel (to English readers known as The Winter Queen), where he crea ...more

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)
  • Статский советник (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #6)
  • Любовница смерти (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #8)
  • Любовник смерти (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #9)
  • Алмазная колесница (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #10)
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