Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk

Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Fans of Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog , the first book in Akunin's Pelagia trilogy, will be instantly mesmerized-and frightened-by this latest foray into Zavolzhsk' s spiritual underworld.

In the middle of the night, a disheveled and badly frightened monk arrives at the doorstep of Bishop Mitrofanii of Zavolzhsk, crying: "Something's wrong at the Hermitage!" The Hermitage is the centuries-old island monastery of New Ararat, known for its tradition of severely penitent monks, isolated environs, and a mental institution founded by a millionaire in self-imposed exile. Hearing the monk's eerie message, Mitrofanii's befuddled but sharp-witted ward Sister Pelagia begs to visit New Ararat and uncover the mystery. Traditions prevail-no women are allowed-and the bishop sends other wards to test their fates against the Black Monk that haunts the once serene locale. But as the Black Monk claims more victims-including Mitrofanii's envoys-Pelagia goes undercover to see exactly what person, or what spirit, is at the bottom of it all.

Praise for Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk

"For all his status as a globe-circling bestseller, Akunin keeps faith in his sleekly engineered and allusive whodunnits with the classical virtues of Russian prose. . . . That polish lends his books a peculiar charm." - The Independent (London)

"Readers can hear echoes of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Anton Chekov in whodunits that, because of their literary overtones, can be guiltlessly consumed as entertainment." -- Los Angeles Times
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, c2008.
ISBN: 9780812975147
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY AKU
Additional Contributors: Bromfield, Andrew


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Aug 13, 2013

The type of story I can see being told around a campfire....ghosts, danger, murder, weird sightings, good vs evil. Thoroughly entertaining. Place names and characters have Russian names which can be hard to get used to, but the translation is in excellent English. There is a final note in which the translator shows various influences of other authors in Akunin's story. I think I'll read more of Akunin's stories.

Dec 28, 2009

Second book of the trilogy of Pelagia. Very twisty story, you would never guess the culprit.

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