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Pelagia and the White Bulldog: The First Sister Pelagia Mystery [Paperback]

Boris Akunin
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18 April 2007 Sister Pelagia Mystery
In the dying days of the nineteenth century, the small Russian town of Zavolzhsk is shaken out of its sleepy rural existence by the arrival from St Petersburg of a Synodical Inspector with a hidden agenda and a dangerously persuasive manner. Meanwhile, in the nearby country estate of Drozdovka, one of the prized white Bulldogs - prized because of its one brown ear, and its propensity to drool - belonging to the cantankerous lady of the house has been poisoned. The old widow has taken to her bed, sick with fear that her two remaining dogs may face a similar fate, and the many potential beneficiaries of her will wait fretfully to see whether or not she will recover. Sister Pelagia: bespectacled, freckled, woefully clumsy and astonishingly resourceful is summoned by the Bishop of Zavolzhsk to investigate the bulldog's death. But her investigation soon takes a far more sinister turn when two headless bodies are pulled out of the river on the edge of the estate.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (18 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753821575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753821572
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Boris Akunin gets better, and better. Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog is immensely compelling, rich, and amusing -- more than a little seductive, slightly mad, and wildly entertaining. (Alan Furst)

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Canine conspiracies, spurned lovers, murderous greed, jealousy, politics, power and knitting: Pelagia and the White Bulldog marks the beginning of an addictively entertaining new crime series from the internationally bestselling author, Boris Akunin.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stick with this series 26 Feb 2007
The Sister Pelagia mystery series may not be as effortless a read to take in as Erast Fandorin, but it's well worth the effort. While the White Bulldog may be have a plot that is slightly less dynamic than the one Fandorin fans are used to, it is a refreshing change of pace. The language is beautiful, the characters are engaging and the sleuth and her posse (bishop Mitrofani and Berdichervsky) are at least as charismatic as Fandorin and Masa.

The series (there are only three novels in it) picks up the pace in The Black Monk and positively goes berserk in the Red Rooster, but the provincial charm of the White Bulldog is very enjoyable too.

Most Russian fans of Akunin consider the Pelagia trilogy to be a more workmanlike and even series than Fandorin, which has its peaks and valleys.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully entertaining and informative 20 Nov 2006
I love sister Pelagia mysteries as much as I love Fandorin's though it is impossible to compare them, the two being so different. If Fandorin's series focus on Moscow and its inhabitants, international crimes and politics, Pelagia takes us to small provincial towns and villages where she conquers our hearts with her native wit, intelligence and charm. The Pelagia books are beautifully written, the style bears resemblance to works of Turgenev and Chekhov. It is not only entertaining but also very informative reading and I would certainly recommend the books to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm hearted, old fashioned detective fiction. 14 Jan 2011
By The Emperor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This reminded me of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency stories in the niceness of the heroine and its general warm heartedness. It does take a little bit of time to get going and you do need to pay attention to the names of the various characters.
I found all the historical information to be pretty interesting . It was quite well written and I didn't really notice that it was a translation. At times it did seem a little contrived and maybe totted on the verge of being a parody but for the most part it had a decent storyline and was fairly realistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 28 Feb 2010
By Cicero
I approached Pelagia with some apprehension after reading the negative reviews, especially those comparing Pelagia unfavourably with Fandorin. Happily I need not have worried. Pelagia is wonderful. Quite different from Fandorin, of course, but a book with excellent changes of pace, great characters and lots of surprises. Highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not in Fandorins league 1 Jun 2012
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Sister Pelagia is slow and confused, not in Fandorins league where these books are simply superb and rollock along at a cracking pace
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