Thursday, January 1, 2015

Lost and Found in Prague by Kelly Jones


Twenty years later, Dana goes back to Prague.  Her friend had stayed in Prague and eventually became a nun.  She's going to visit with her and see how the city has changed.  She was there during the revolution and she wasn't sure what was left and what might be new.  When she goes to visit her friend, she finds the doors on the convent locked and a note on the door.  With help from some young ones, she finds out the convent is in mourning and won't be opening for several days.  What to do now?

Berkley Books sent me this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy now.  It has a reader's guide, too.

This is an interesting tale well told.  It covers events from twenty years ago as well as murders now.  Some of the same players are there now.  I found it particularly interesting that she used detectives from the religious order as well as the police in her story.  It's not unusual for a church to do its own investigation but this detective likes to eat and drink and enjoy the good things in life.  The policeman is more dedicated to the cause (that's why he and his wife are separated) and he seems to be everywhere the priest and Dana might be.  They have a dead nun, a dead senator, and a stolen Infant of Prague statue.  The parish priest is not telling the entire truth.  Who would steal the statue?  Someone who wanted to sell it?

The story is complex.  Actions from the past overlap actions now.  An evil wickedness not seen before comes to light.  It's a bit convoluted and far fetched, but it's still believable.  Greed drives most people, but love can do it, too.  In this story, both have a part.

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