Yes I know it’s Monday!
It is set in Cracow 1893 and Zofia Turbotynska, whose husband is a Professor at the local university, is bored! She spends her days directing for staff of two and trying to climb the local Cracow social ladder. Part of her attempts to climb involves the local Retirement Home, Helcel House, and organising a charitable raffle. Zofia one morning visits the home to find it in uproar as one of the residents has gone missing, only to be found deceased a few days later by Zofia directing the staff of the Home to search the attics! The death is ruled as an accident but Zofia is not convinced and sets out to find clues to what has happened, basing her actions on her favourite detective novels which she reads.
This book was originally written in Polish and then translated to English and “Maryla Szymiczkowa” is in fact two people Jacek Dehnel and Piotr Tarczynski, Jacek is an author and Piotr a historian. I enjoyed the book up to a point. I found around half way through that it got a little bogged down with the descriptions and the walking backwards and forwards to Helcel House!!! So much so that I did skip several pages to the end. It probably would not have been a book I would have chosen to read if I was in a bookshop but then again this is the whole point of the book a month, so if I was rating this out of 10 it would be 7/10!
This is the book I am reading now. I do like Karen Slaughter’s books as the characters are all connnected but each book is about one of them with the other characters being in but not of the book. Might review this next month or the new book I have just received from Heywood Hill, we shall see!!!!
I hope you had a great weekend and some time to read or quilt or both!!!!
Hugs & Love, Susie xx
This is The Stuttgart City Library. Although I am usually not a fan of modern interiors I do like this!!! (Picture by: William O’Connor). Here is the link if you would like to read further about it