If you like your crime thrillers cosy and nostaligc, then this is for you.
A novel as crammed with delights as the Tsarina's jewel box
Akunin's brilliance lies in taking the elements of a classic detective story and imbuing them with a poignant emotional complexity
Lively characters and a sinuous plot amply explain why Akunin's Fandorin thrillers have sold in their millions
Erast Fandorin lives to fight another day, and for his many aficionados that can only be a good thing