According to our reader, "Pelagia and the White Bulldog" is very enjoyable read. This is a book of considerable charm in which a classically worked mystery plot with a twist in the tail is played out through highly engaging characterisations (major and minor) against a background of splendidly vivid local and historical atmosphere. Pelagia - bespectacled, freckled, red-haired, extraordinarily clumsy and constantly knitting, teaches gymnastics and literature, and in her spare time solves crimes. This one begins with the murder of a white bulldog, but soon descends into something far more dastardly involving stolen gold, betrayed women, untrustworthy lotharios and ritualistic murders. All great Akunin fun.
Boris Akunin is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili. He translated Japanese texts before the worldwide success of his Fandorin series. He lives in Moscow.