Author: Akunin, Boris|Bromfield, Andrew
Series: Sister Pelagia Mysteries (1)
Publisher: Random House
Year Published: 2007
Condition Rating: Slight wear, may have creased spine, folded pages, good-condition ownership stickers
Summary: In a remote Russian province in the late nineteenth century, Bishop Mitrofanii must deal with a family crisis. After learning that one of his great auntâ€™s beloved and rare white bulldogs has been poisoned, the Orthodox bishop knows there is only one detective clever enough to investigate the murder: Sister Pelagia.
The bespectacled, freckled Pelagia is lively, curious, extraordinarily clumsy, and persistent. At the estate in question, she finds a whole host of suspects, any one of whom might have benefited if the old lady (who changes her will at whim) had expired of grief at the poochâ€™s demise. Thereâ€™s Pyotr, the matronâ€™s grandson, a nihilist with a grudge who has fallen for the maid; Stepan, the penniless caretaker, who has sacrificed his youth to the care of the estate; Miss Wrigley, a mysterious Englishwoman who has recently been named sole heiress to the fortune; Poggio, an opportunistic and freeloading â€œartisticâ€ photographer; and, most intriguingly, Naina, the old ladyâ€™s granddaughter, a girl so beautiful she could drive any man to do almost anything.
As Pelagia bumbles and intuits her way to the heart of a mystery among people with faith only in greed and desire, she must bear in mind the words of Saint Paul: â€œBeware of dogsâ€“and beware of evil-doers.â€
â€œCritics on both sides of the Atlantic have praised [Akuninâ€™s] clever plots, vivid characters and wit.â€
â€œAkuninâ€™s wonderful novels are always intricately webbed and plotted.â€
â€“The Providence Journal
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