This historical mystery takes place in Cracow in the late 1800s. Socialite Zofia’s maid seems to be missing. What has happened to Karolina? What will it be like for Zofia to go outside of her comfortable existence to try to find out? Suffice it to say that she learns a great deal about the less salubrious aspects of life in her city.
This is the second book in a series following on Mrs. Mohr goes missing. Its story is told with flair and humor. It also casts an eye on the roles of women during the time period.
Karolina and the Torn Curtain is a book that I can confidently recommend. Many thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub Date 23 Mar 2021
“Brings Cracow vividly to life and presents the period’s views on women with sly wit. This mystery will please readers looking for an unusual amateur sleuth and a picturesque setting.”– “Publishers Weekly”
“Moira Quirk’s performance of this novel, set in 1895 Kracow, bristles with period politics and feminist viewpoints while offering a complex mystery and an appealing heroine…Quirk handles the Polish names and places with ease, adding atmosphere to Szymiczkowa’s original plotting…Quirk deftly delivers all the subtleties, conflicting attitudes, and even bits of humor in this unusual mystery.”– “AudioFile”
“An ingenious marriage of comedy and crime.” — “Olga Tokarczuk, Nobel laureate”–This text refers to the audioCD edition.