Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk

Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk

A Novel

Book - 2008
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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.

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.

Praise:

"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
0812975146
Characteristics: 356 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bromfield, Andrew

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