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Death on the Trans-Siberian Express


So. Winter is coming, along with freezing temperatures, short days and long, dark nights . . . and why would you want to go outside, if you can curl up inside with a totally immersive, pre-Christmas read?

Let me introduce you to this little slice of seasonal perfection: Death on the Trans-Siberian Express. Firstly, welcome to the sleepy town of Roslazny, where a shocking murder will break the icy silence.  Secondly, meet Olga Pushkin, Railway Engineer (Third Class). A cross between Eleanor Oliphant and Miss Marple, Olga dreams of escaping the snow-clad village – but before she can, fate intervenes when on arriving at her railside hut, she is knocked unconscious by a man falling from the Trans-Siberian Express, his throat cut from ear to ear and his mouth stuffed with 10-rouble coins . . .

Death on the Trans-Siberian Express is the first in a series which introduces us to Olga and her friends (and enemies) from Roslazny.  If The Archers were transported to a village in Siberia, this would be the result. Charming, funny, heartbreaking and poignant, we have a wonderful and memorable protagonist in Olga, who sets about investigating the crime of the murdered passenger, aided by the town’s resident police officer Vassily Marushkin, Rasputin, his ferret and Dmitri, Olga’s white-breasted Siberian hedgehog. A delight from start to finish, this uplifting read will put you in just the right mood for welcoming in Christmas!

Krystyna Green