BOOK REVIEW: SISTER PELAGIA AND
Sister Pelagia is a bespectacled, freckled Russian nun. Monsignore Mitrofanii, the Orthodox bishop, asks Sister Pelagia to help investigate the death of one of his great aunt's rare white bulldogs.
Now the question is who would benefit from killing one of the dogs? Well, it so happens that there are many suspects who just can't wait for the old woman to die. The problem is, however, that she keeps changing her will all the time. Would someone be mean enough to kill one of the dogs hoping it would make her deathly sick? Could it be someone who was recently taken out of the will?
Sister Pelagia begins her investigation to find out who killed the dog. It doesn't take her long to find that there are other things involved like spurned lovers, murderous greed, blinding jealousy and power-hungry politicians. Is she successful?
This book has been translated from Russian and is the first of a three part series involving Sister Pelagia. This is a cozy mystery. I have read a couple of Boris Akunin's books in the past and did not find this one as good as some of the others. It took me a while to get into the book before I started to get a little interested in the plot. It just seemed to be drawn out. On the plus side Boris Akunin always does an excellent job in describing his characters and the reader has no trouble trying to picture what they look like in their mind as they are reading the book. He also does a wonderful job of adding some humor to the story. If you are a cozy mystery fan, you will enjoy this book.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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