1930s Leningrad. As a mood of fear cloaks the city, Investigator Vasily Zaitsev is called on to investigate a series of bizarre and seemingly motiveless murders. In each case, the victim is curiously dressed and posed in extravagantly arranged settings.
At the same time, one by one precious old master paintings are going missing from the Hermitage collection.
As Zaitsev sets about his investigations, he meets with suspicion at practically every turn, and potential witnesses are reluctant to provide information. Soon Zaitsev himself comes under suspicion from the Soviet secret police. The embittered detective must battle increasingly complex political machinations in his dogged quest to uncover the truth.
This story is set in 1930 in Leningrad, Russia. It was interesting to learn about the country in that era and what was going on then. When Investigator Zaitsev is called on to investigate a murder, he realises something is not right, but then other things that are suspicious come to head and Zaitsev is forced to work out what is going on before it is too late. The story was an interesting one that made me feel like an investigator and want to work out the case before Zaitsev, the only problem I had was trying to pronounce the names, it kind of took it away from the story for me. The author Yulia has obviously done her research onto that era as there is a lot of information and she describes it well.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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