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Akunin, Boris. PELAGIA AND THE WHITE BULLDOG - Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2006

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Pelagia And The White Bulldog by Boris Akunin. 2006 - Weidenfeld & Nicolson. For sale is a first edition, first printing. fine used hardback book in a fine dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, Pelagia And The White Bulldog by Boris Akunin, published in 2006 by Weidenfeld & Nicholson.

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Title Pelagia And The White Bulldog
Author Boris Akunin
Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Edition First UK edition, first printing
Copyright Year 2000
ISBN 0297848623
Cover Price 12.99
No. Pages 295
Dimensions 22 cm x 14 cm
Weight (kg) 0.5

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by a full numberline on the copyright page.

The book has green boards and gold lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The fine dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £12.99.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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Boris Akunin

BORIS AKUNIN is the pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, who was born in the Republic of Georgia in 1956. A philologist, critic, essayist, and translator of Japanese, Akunin published his first detective stories in 1998 and has already become one of the most widely read authors in Russia.

He is the author of eleven Erast Fandorin novels, including The Winter Queen, The Turkish Gambit, Murder on the Leviathan, The Death of Achilles, and Special Assignments, available from Random House Trade Paperbacks; and Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog and Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk, in the Sister Pelagia series. He lives in Moscow.

Synopsis of this title

In the dying days of the nineteenth century, the small Russian town of Zavolzhsk is shaken out of its sleepy rural existence by the arrival from St Petersburg of a Synodical Inspector with a hidden agenda and a dangerously persuasive manner. Meanwhile, in the nearby country estate of Drozdovka, one of the prized white Bulldogs - prized because of its one brown ear, and its propensity to drool - belonging to the cantankerous lady of the house has been poisoned. The old widow has taken to her bed, sick with fear that her two remaining dogs may face a similar fate, and the many potential beneficiaries of her will wait fretfully to see whether or not she will recover. Sister Pelagia: bespectacled, freckled, woefully clumsy and astonishingly resourceful is summoned by the Bishop of Zavolzhsk to investigate the bulldog's death. But her investigation soon takes a far more sinister turn when two headless bodies are pulled out of the river on the edge of the estate.

Reviews of this title


'His remarkable historical knowledge coupled with his irresistible writing style make his books compulsive reading...Set in provincial Russia at the tail end of the 19th century, Akunin's novel is full of unexpected twists and turns, glorious historical details and, best of all, lots of quirky elements that make it a joy to read....It's the kind of book that convinces you that a new crime-writing star is on the block and makes you impatient for his next novel.'

Marcel Berlins, TIMES (6.5.06)
'... the plot is lively and full of twists, the characters are strong, the denouement is exciting. And the not very nunnish nun is immensely appealing.'

'...it's a lighthearted affair, reminiscent of Agatha Christie or even, bizarrely, PG Wodehouse, with characters from high society sitting in parlours discussing the mysterious events. Pelagia is a likeable focus, and she, along with Akunin's assured yet mischievous narrative style, makes for a quaint yet entertaining murder mystery.'

'[a] delightfully observed first entry introduces us to a welcome new protagonist whose character is developed quite as inventively as the quirky, baffling mystery she is involved in.'

Eve Tan Gee, CRIME TIME (1.8.06)
'this delightfully observed first entry introduces us to a welcome new protagonist whose character is developed quite as inventively as the quirky mystery she is involved in.'

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