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PHC Book Club
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 07:00pm
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by Maryla Szymiczkowa

Polish title: Tajemnica domu Helclów

Translation by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

From the Publisher's Weekly: " Set in 1893 Cracow, this exceptional debut and series launch from Polish author Szymiczkowa (the pen name of writing duo Jacek Dehnel and Piotr Tarczynski) introduces Zofia Turbotynska, a 38-year-old professor’s wife, who finds household management, novel reading, and the search for social prestige insufficient outlets for her prodigious energy. At a nursing home run by nuns that she visits to promote a charitable cause, she becomes involved in the search for a missing resident, Antonina Mohr, a judge’s widow."

From GoodReads: "Drawing on Agatha Christie and filled with period character and charm, Mrs Mohr Goes Missing vividly recreates life in turn-of-the-century Poland, confronting a range of issues from class prejudice to women's rights, and proving that everyone is capable of finding their passion in life, however unlikely it may seem."

From the Crime Review:"The intricacies of the Polish language and the flowery flowing narration, beautifully translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, will appeal to anyone who enjoys an ingenious mystery featuring a larger than ordinary restricted life heroine, and an evocative feel of a turn-of-the-century country which did not exist on the political map of Europe, yet managed to thrive through various artistic and cultural areas"

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