Take one remote mountain inn in an unnamed country, add a ghost, an assortment of eccentric guests which of course includes a police inspector, throw in a locked-room murder and you have a recipe for the classic murder mystery. Include a touch of surrealism and you have this weird, wacky spoof that left me a bit dizzy.
Arkady (1925-1991) and Boris Strugatsky (1933-2012) were acclaimed science fictions writers in the Soviet Union. This little book has only recently been translated. It is totally irreverent and a lot of fun. Not at all what I would expect from the Russians.
eGalley review Publication date 3.3.15