Published: July 4, 2017
ISBN: : B01N2VPD0W
Genre: Historical Mystery
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address: Gina Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com
Fandorin, the State Counsellor, is a state security member of the Tsar in the late 19th. Appointed by the Tsar he is tasked with finding the murderer of a highly placed official. His task soon becomes not one of finding the killer, but like it appears that the killer did so in thee guide of Fandorin. As he delves deeper into the mystery he begins to find that the murder wasn’t merely a crime of opportunity but an anarchist group is involved. His investigation becomes deeper and deeper into the political intrigues of the time.
This was my first Boris Akunin read and I found Fandorin to be an interesting and highly entertaining character. A cross between Columbo and James Bond he is multi-dimensional and very likeable.
His personality, as shown through Akunin’s writing, would make for a marvellous TV series. The characters are intriguing and have the right amount of mysterious behaviour to make you wonder more about them. Akunin’s writing paints vivid settings—I most enjoyed the scene depicting the characters riding in sleighs. Yes, I know they were the mode of transportation—but it was still nice to visualize them.
Because of the Russian phrases and trying to pronounce the characters’ names to myself THE STATE COUNSELLOR was not a quick read – but it was definitely an enjoyable one.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.