Sister Pelagia and the Red Cockerel by Boris Akunin (Paperback)
Sister Pelagia and the Red Cockerel by Boris Akunin features its beloved heroine’s most exciting and explosive inquiry yet. One that just might shake the foundations of her faith.
In the wake of a murder aboard a steamer bound for Jerusalem, Sister Pelagia discovers that the victim was set up as a decoy. Meanwhile the real target tries to evade enemies. The situation prompts her investigation throughout the Russian forests and Jerusalem’s most holy sites. By the author of Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog.
The ship carrying the devout to Jerusalem has run into rough waters. Onboard is Manuila, controversial leader of the “Foundlings,” a sect that worships him as the Messiah. But the leader is murdered, beaten to death by someone almost supernaturally strong. Still, not everything is as it seems, and someone else sailing has become enmeshed in the mystery. The seemingly slow but actually astute sleuth Sister Pelagia. Her investigation of the crime will take her deep into the most dangerous areas of the Middle East and Russia, running from one-eyed criminals and after such unlikely animals as a red cockerel that may be more than a red herring. To her shock, she will emerge with not just the culprit in a murder case but a clue to the earth’s greatest secret.
Sister Pelagia and the Red Cockerel is the third installment in the Sister Pelagia trilogy. Fans of Boris Akunin will want to check out the first and second books below.