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 the Leviathan , 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's The Winter Queen . The sleuth joins forces with Gauche to determine which of ten unticketed passengers on the Leviathan is 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.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780812968798
0812968794
9781400060511
1400060516
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY AKUNIN
Characteristics: 223 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Bromfield, Andrew

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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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