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The first in a mystery series by Polish partners Jacek Dehnel and Piotr Tarczyński, writing with the pen name Maryla Szymiczkowa. It is a great historical mystery that captures a time and place on the edge of great turmoil. I would highly recommend this series to fans of my other favorite historical mysteries, The Widows of Malabar Hill and Girl Waits with Gun, but Zofia Turbotynska occupies a different place in her society than the heroines of those stories; she is perfectly willing to use the biases of her society to her advantage. Because, or perhaps in spite, of that lack of self-reflection, Zofia waltzes through Cracow at the crux of great change with her extravagant hats held high. The story immerses us in Cracow of the 1890s, and through Zofia and her sleuthing we get to visit the bright and dim corners of this time and place in history.— Ruby
ANTONIA LLOYD-JONES is a prize-winning translator of Polish literature. She has translated works by many of Poland’s leading contemporary novelists, including Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk, as well as authors of reportage, crime fiction, poetry, screenplays, essays, and children's books. She is a mentor for the WCN Emerging Translator Mentorship Programme, and from 2015-17 was co-chair of the Translators Association.
Long-listed for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Literature Prize Praise for Mrs. Mohr Goes Missing “[An] exceptional debut and series launch... The translation showcases the novel’s deliciously ironic voice. Fans who like colorful locales and tongue-in-cheek mysteries will eagerly await Zofia's next outing.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review “A delightful debut whodunit written with abundant wit and flair. Pray for a series to follow.” —Kirkus Reviews “Mrs. Mohr Goes Missing an amazing Polish mystery—fascinating for its vivid portrayal of 1893 Krakow, its witty style, and for Zofia, its irrepressible sleuth. The Daily Mail called it ingenious—we call this new author ‘marvelous!’” —Charles Todd, New York Times-bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries “An ingenious marriage of comedy and crime.” —Olga Tokarczuk, Nobel laureate and author of Man Booker International Prize winner Flights “The unravelling of the mystery is ingenious and takes us through a social setting quivering with snobberies and dos and don’ts. It’s fun and sparky and the glimpse of turn-of-the-century Polish manners and mores is beguiling.” —Daily Mail “Charming and moreish…Conjures up the delightful books of Dorothy L Sayers . . . The perfect diversion for annoying commutes.” —Stylist “While there is a strong whiff of Agatha Christie in this book, it is much more than a pastiche . . . The story fuses high comedy with an evocative portrayal of the period . . . Ably translated.” —Sunday Express “Highly comical . . . An extremely absorbing novel.” —Kurzojady —