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SISTER PELAGIA AND THE BLACK MONK


By Boris Akunin

Random House, 2008 ($14.00)
ISBN-10: 0812975146
ISBN-13: 978-0-8129-7514-7

Reviewed by Dawn Crawford

A mystery set in Russia where the main character is a nun who tries to solve crime through prayer and sleuthing.

The story is filled with twists and turns; unfortunately the ploys used to divert the reader are utterly confusing and inane.

You don't have to be a theologian to realize that Sister Pelagia's character is totally out of context with the church and reality. In all fairness to the author, if this book were a fantasy/comedy it would be plausible.

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