The characters are by and large well-defined and the small Russian town comes alive, but the plot is weak and not entirely easy to follow.
He published his first detective stories in and has become one of the most widely read authors in Russia. Making his home in Moscow, he has written nine Erast Fandorin novels to date.
White Bulldog is the first is a new series featuring the nun Sister Pelagia as the protagonist. Set in a small Russian village, it appears to be a dramatic turnaround from the acclaimed Erast Fandorin series. Fandorin is a government clerk turned detective who is brash with a dry wit. Those novels involve everything from serial killers to government conspiracies, and it sounds like a fascinating series that would be a far better read then this foray into the genre featuring a clumsy nun and an arrogant Bishop. Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog features a nun with the power of deduction — Ms.
Marple in a wimple. Pelagia is short-sighted, clumsy and easily shocked. She gets involved in this remarkable saga via her bishop, whose aunt is all aflutter about her prize white bulldog being poisoned. End of story? Well, no - there are also the headless corpses which have been fetched from the river, as well as two murders much later in the book linked to art and, of course, the bulldogs.
The confusing tale gets lost among the fantastic descriptions of Russian society and the Russian people, never developing a compelling rhythm. Yes—Save my other items for later.
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