The Earring of Artemis

Tatyana Ustinova
320 pages;
Total print-run
of the author’s books
25 000 000 copies;
hardcover;
2019;

Nastya is seventeen. She is at once quite timid and demanding of herself. A future actress, she has a difficult relationship with her mother and the world around her. Her mother, in her opinion, is no good. Her grandmother, Maria Timofeevna, is a stately and beautiful lady, who for some reason hates Nastya’s late father, a genius writer! But why..? What for..? What mysteries are her mother and grandmother hiding? One morning, during Nastya’s entrance exam at the theatre school, a terrible thing happens: a young actress and star of many TV series is killed. Nastya and her friend Danya become almost eyewitnesses to murder, and they themselves might be in danger. In fact, the entire family, which consists only of a few women, is in danger! Her life, quite routine and yet comfortable, could be destroyed and fall into pieces that cannot be put together. All three women of the story go through their own trials and tribulations: all three discover each other’s secrets and get to know each other in a new way. Men reach out to help them — each gets her own hero — and it becomes unclear how they could have survived without each other for so long.


Tatiana Ustinova is one of the most famous Russian writers, the author of more than 40 detective novels, which sold more than 35 million copies, winner of numerous awards and prizes, scriptwriter and a famous TV host. This extraordinary woman entered the literary world more than 15 years ago, but even now each of her novelties invariably heads book ratings and in most cases goes behind book pages to the screen. Tatyana Ustinova is unrivalled in combining detective mystery, deep psychological overtones and a beautiful story of sincere love. The unofficial title of The First Among The Best has long been awarded to Tatyana Ustinova by millions of readers.

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