Murder on the Leviathan

Murder on the Leviathan

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Paris, 1878: Eccentric antiquarian Lord Littleby and his ten servants are found murdered in Littleby's mansion on the rue de Grenelle, and a priceless Indian shawl is missing. Police commissioner "Papa" Gauche recovers only one piece of evidence from the crime scene: a golden key shaped like a whale. Gauche soon deduces that the key is in fact a ticket of passage for theLeviathan, a gigantic steamship soon to depart Southampton on its maiden voyage to Calcutta. The murderer must be among its passengers. In Cairo, the ship is boarded by a young Russian diplomat with a shock of white hair--none other than Erast Fandorin, the celebrated detective of Boris Akunin'sThe Winter Queen. The sleuth joins forces with Gauche to determine which of ten unticketed passengers on theLeviathanis the rue de Grenelle killer. Tipping his hat to Agatha Christie, Akunin assembles a colorful cast of suspects--including a secretive Japanese doctor, a professor who specializes in rare Indian artifacts, a pregnant Swiss woman, and an English aristocrat with an appetite for collecting Asian treasures--all of whom are con'ned together until the crime is solved. As the Leviathan steams toward Calcutta, will Fandorin be able to out-investigate Gauche and discover who the killer is, even as the ship's passengers are murdered, one by one? Already an international sensation, Boris Akunin's latest page-turner transports the reader back to the glamorous, dangerous past in a richly atmospheric tale of suspense on the high seas.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2004.
ISBN: 9781400060511
1400060516
Characteristics: 223 p. ;,24 cm.

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multcolib_susannel Jul 12, 2014

If you like Agatha Christie's closed room mysteries you will love this story of murder, a valuable rare Indian scarf and hidden treasure. Erast Fandorin, Russia's best dressed detective diplomat is on the case. Will he solve the mystery? The most important question of all- will he find true love?

SB2000 May 03, 2011

The second Erast Fandorin novel translated into English - though not in the same order as originally published in the Russian. Slightly more laboured than the Winter Queen - but deliberately so - as Akunin uses each novel to mirror a famous crime author's writing style (in this case, Christie).

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