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Fifty-something librarian Shona is a proud former pupil of the Marcia Blaine School for Girls, but has a deep loathing for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which she thinks gives her alma mater a bad name.
Impeccably educated and an accomplished martial artist, linguist and musician, Shona is personally selected by Marcia Blaine herself to travel back in time for an important mission in fin-de-siècle France.
But Shona finds this mission very confusing. Why, for example, have so many people been torn to death by wild animals, what are Maman and the mayor up to, and is the reclusive aristocrat really suffering from toothache?
It's a race against time to solve the mystery. It is also a very tall order but as Shona is wont to remind herself: Never underestimate a librarian!
Closing date: 31/03/2021
I couldn't wait to be reunited with this character. I utterly love her company. So funny, so brisk, and above all, so well educated! More, more, more, please. Lynne Truss
"A marvellous romp through history, myth, and legend often impish and wry rip-roaring, genuinely thrilling, and laugh-out-loud funny. Alistair Braidwood, Scots Whay Hae
The plot is engaging and keeps you turning the page it is the journey itself that is the reward. Highly recommended. --Undiscovered Scotland
Publication date: 14/02/2020
Publisher: Contraband an imprint of Saraband
|Publication date:||14th February 2020|
|Publisher:||Contraband an imprint of Saraband|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Olga Wojtas is an unconventional - and very witty - writer of postmodern crime fiction whose surrealist humour has been compared to the likes of PG Wodehouse, Jasper Fforde and the Marx Brothers. Her debut novel, Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar, has been published in the UK and US to great critical acclaim - being longlisted for the inaugural Comedy Women in Print Prize 2019, shortlisted for a CrimeFest Award, and named as one of the best mysteries and thrillers of the year by Kirkus. A journalist for more than 30 years, Olga was Scottish editor of the Times Higher ...More About Olga Wojtas