I must Google Russian naming conventions. Started reading Quinn’s What Happens in London and the name Olga Petrova Obolenskiy Dell — used in the first paragraph — is making me twitch. I thought Russian names were feminized and masculinized: take the tennis siblings Marat Safin and Dinara Safina; Anna Karenina and her husband, Alexei Karenin.
I can’t continue until I know if the name’s gender is correct.
Also, Petrova as a patronymic doesn’t seem quite right. It looks like a last name to me, and like the patronymic should be Petrovna. No?
The question now is whether I’m going to let this bother me and put me off reading the rest of the book. Is it sloppy research? Indifference to the naming convention? Does it matter? I should let it go, it’s just one little thing.