Boris Akunin
Boris Akunin is the pen name of Russian author Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili, who writes crime fiction and historical fiction novels. He is the author of the Erast Fandorin historical mystery series as well as the Sister Pelagia series. Boris was born in Zestafoni, Georgia, but has lived in Moscow, Russia ever since he was two years old. He is an expert on Japan, being influenced by Kabuki theatre and has written a 20-volume anthology on Japanese literature under his real name.

Boris Akunin became a published novelist in 1998 with his novel Azazel, which was translated into English as The Winter Queen and published in 2003. The novel began his Erast Fandorin series and was shortlisted for the Dagger Award in Fiction by the British Crime Writers’ Association. Below is a list of Boris Akunin’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Erast Fandorin Books


The Winter Queen(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Turkish Gambit(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder on the Leviathan(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Death of Achilles(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Special Assignments(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The State Counsellor(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Coronation(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
She Lover of Death(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
He Lover of Death(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Diamond Chariot(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Sister Pelagia Books


Pelagia and the White Bulldog(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pelagia and the Black Monk(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pelagia and the Red Rooster(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Murder on the Leviathan was also published as Leviathan. Pelagia and the White Bulldog was also published as Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog. Pelagia and the Black Monk was also published as Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk. Pelagia and the Red Rooster was also published as Sister Pelagia and the Red Cockerel.

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Boris Akunin Synopsis: The Winter Queen is the first novel in the Erast Fandorin series from Boris Akunin. It’s Moscow in 1876 and a privileged student has shot himself in public. Erast Fandorin doesn’t accept the explanation of “he was just rich and bored,” and doesn’t believe this case to be closed by any means. The suicide is soon connected to a murder that Fandorin himself bears witness to. In order to solve the death of this student, Fandorin must go across Europe, and into the middle of a conspiracy with deadly implications.

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