• Death on the Trans-Siberian Express

  • The Olga Pushkin Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Farrington
  • Narrated by: Helen Barford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • 3.0 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Roslazny—a sleepy Russian town where intrigue and murder combine to disturb the icy silence....

Olga Pushkin, Railway Engineer (Third Class) and would-be best-selling author, spends her days in a little rail-side hut with only Dmitri the hedgehog for company. While tourists and travellers clatter by on the Trans-Siberian Express, Olga dreams of studying literature at Tomsk State University—the Oxford of West Siberia—and escaping the sleepy, snow-clad village of Roslazny.

But Roslazny doesn't stay sleepy for long. Poison-pen letters, a small-town crime wave and persistent rumours of a Baba Yaga—a murderous witch hiding in the frozen depths of the Russian taiga—combine to disturb the icy silence. And one day Olga arrives at her hut only to be knocked unconscious by a man falling from the Trans-Siberian, an American tourist with his throat cut from ear to ear and his mouth stuffed with 10-ruble coins. Another death soon follows, and Sergeant Vassily Marushkin, the brooding, enigmatic policeman who takes on the case, finds himself falsely imprisoned by his Machiavellian superior, Chief-Inspector Babikov.

Olga resolves to help Vassily by proving his innocence. But with no leads to follow and time running out, has Olga bitten off more than she can chew?

©2021 C J Farrington (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"The book is an absolute delight, evocative equally of the frozen steppes, bad vodka and worse sausage, and full of larger than life characters. Olga Pushkin is an endearing protagonist, who is hopefully set for a series as long as the Trans Siberian Railway." (L C Tyler)

"Written with a warmth that would thaw Siberia, this intriguing but charming murder mystery is packed with psychological depth and wonderfully-drawn characters. It also features the best hedgehog I've met in a novel." (Eleanor Ray)

"Quirky and colourful." (Times Crime Club

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  • SB
  • 12-05-21

boring

I'm a couple of hours in and nothing is happening. I really wanted to like this book, but there is nothing going on and no reason to keep listening. The main character is a sad sack, writing a self help book called "Finding your Rail Life", based on her job at the Trans Siberia railway. The book includes such gems as..."Each day brings it own cargo and we don't know what's on the manifest until we open the wagon doors." Seriously? Ugh. There are to be 1,001 such life lessons in the book. I just can't...

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  • 05-04-22

Odd choice of accents

I really enjoyed the story, however found the odd English accents off putting considering it was set in Russia! It seemed at odds with the story.

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  • Missymo
  • 05-01-22

Accents

What’s with the east London accent from a women who lives in a rural Russian village???
Very off putting!
The whole voice over sounds artificial!
Not a great audio book which is a shame because the actual book is brillant!

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  • S K NOWLER
  • 01-07-22

I hope this becomes a series!

On the face of it, this is a good solid detective story with enough complexities to make a satisfying mystery, but there is much more to it. For once, the protagonist is a good hearted working class woman with dreams of becoming more and no immediate 'rescue' in sight. There are references to Russian literature and descriptions that ensure the plot is firmly rooted in its setting. Most satisfying of all, the author is able to bring to life eccentric village characters without ever mocking or patronising them. The ending has left me wanting to know more of Olga's adventures.