Mrs. Mohr goes missing

Maryla Szymiczkowa

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"A charming, witty, and deliciously spooky mystery, inspired by the work of Agatha Christie, following a bored socialite who becomes Cracow's most cunning amateur sleuth"--

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Series
Szymiczkowa, Maryla. Zofia Turbotyńska mystery.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Mystery fiction
Novels
Historical fiction
Published
Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2020.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Polish
Item Description
"Originally published in Polish by ZNAK as Tajemnica domu Helclów, 2015."--Title page verso.
"First English-language edition published in Great Britain and Australia by Point Blank, an imprint of Oneworld Publications, 2019."--Title page verso.
Physical Description
xviii, 349 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780358161462
0358161460
9780358274247
0358274249
Main Author
Maryla Szymiczkowa (-)
Other Authors
Antonia Lloyd-Jones (translator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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. Zofia questions the home's staff and residents, hiding her unofficial investigation from both the mother superior and her husband. After Mohr's suspiciously pink-hued corpse is found in an attic, Zofia pressures the resident doctor until an autopsy reveals cyanide poisoning. The strangling of one of the home's impoverished residents complicates the puzzle. The preface offers helpful context on place and period, while the translation showcases the novel's deliciously ironic voice. Fans who like colorful locales and tongue-in-cheek mysteries will eagerly await Zofia's next outing. (Mar.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A bored socialite becomes a cunning amateur sleuth in this wildly entertaining, Agatha Christie¬inspired mystery of murder and mayhem set in nineteenth-century Poland¶“An ingenious marriage of comedy and crime.”—Olga Tokarczuk, Nobel laureate and author of the Man Booker International Prize winner Flights¶ Cracow, 1893: Zofia Turbotynska—professor’s wife, socialite, and bored homemaker—has little more to do than plan a charity auction sponsored by the wealthy residents of a local nursing home and the nuns who work there. But when one of those residents is found dead, Zofia finds a calling: solving crime. Ridiculed by the police, who have declared the deaths of natural cause, she starts her own murder investigation, unbeknownst to anyone but her loyal cook Franciszka and one reluctant nun. With her husband blissfully unaware of her secret, Zofia remakes herself into one the most surprising, and maybe even effective, detectives combing the city streets. But what will it take for her to find the killer. . .before she becomes the next victim?

Review by Publisher Summary 2

“An ingenious marriage of comedy and crime.” —Olga Tokarczuk, Nobel laureate and author of Man Booker International Prize winner Flights A charming, witty, and deliciously spooky mystery, inspired by the work of Agatha Christie, following a bored socialite who becomes Cracow’s most cunning amateur sleuth. Cracow, 1893. Zofia Turbotynska—professor’s wife and socialite—is bored at home, with little to do but plan a charity auction sponsored by the wealthy residents of a local nursing home and the nuns who work there. But when one of those residents is found dead, Zofia finds a calling: solving crimes. Ridiculed by the police, who have declared the deaths of natural cause, she starts her own murder investigation, unbeknownst to anyone but her loyal cook Franciszka and one reluctant nun. With her husband blissfully unaware of her secret, Zofia remakes herself into Cracow’s greatest—or at the very least, most surprising—amateur detective. Full of period character and charm, Mrs. Mohr Goes Missing proves that everyone is capable of finding their passion in life, however unlikely it may seem.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A charming, witty, and deliciously spooky mystery, inspired by the work of Agatha Christie, following a bored socialite who becomes Cracow’s most cunning amateur sleuth.