Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk (Sister Pelagia, Bk 2)
Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk - Sister Pelagia, Bk 2 Author:Boris Akunin 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 instit... more »ution 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.« less
The Sister Pelagia series of mysteries is just as good as the Erast Fandorin ones. I like everything I've read by Boris Akunin. He's literary enough that you don't feel like your brain cells are leaking out as you read, but you cannot escape the fact that it's a series of detective novels. Imagine if Raymond Chandler and Chekov decided to collaborate on a series set in late 19th C. Russia. It sounds odd, but it works, I tell you. No, really! Try it, you'll like it!