She Lover of Death – Boris Akunin

And another review from my backlog! Regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of this series of Russian stories, which continue to please and surprise me.

It’s 1900 in Moscow, and dark deeds are afoot. Young people are becoming fascinated with death, and there appears to be a sinister “suicide club” in the city. We see events through the eyes of Masha Mianova, a young woman recently arrived from Siberia, who has her own fascination with death to deal with. She is led into the suicide club, where she soon meets a mysterious man, who we recognise as Fandorin.

Can Fandorin save Masha? Can he uncover the secrets of the suicide club? Well, of course, but there’s a lot of death and danger on the way. As always, good fun, and well worth a read.