Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Berkley Trade
In a city where the past is never far from the present, Dana must work with a conflicted Italian priest and a world-weary Czech investigator to unlock dark secrets hidden in Prague’s twisted streets. But the key to solving the puzzle may lie in memories of Dana’s long-ago visit, even as she is forced to face the reality of a more recent loss…
Jones introduces us to Dana, an American journalist with long-ago ties to Prague. She last visited the city during the Velvet Revolution with her cousin Caroline, and has now been returned to reconnect with her, and to also help solve a mystery with potentially large-scale ramifications.
Though this is my first time reading a Jones novel, I was immediately intrigued from the very first page. She writes with the type of effortless confidence that immediately draws a reader in, and I found myself wanting to get more on Dana's first trip to Prague, and her present-day involvement with the politician's murder.
Jones does a great job of blending in the personal journey of Dana, with the more pressing needs of the mystery in the present day. She spends the perfect amount of time balancing both past and present, always with vivid descriptions, lively characters, as she also moved forward with the mystery. Jones is also clearly adept at creating at atmospheric tale; her descriptions of Prague, both past and present, made me feel like I was walking alongside the characters as they explored the streets.
The one thing that prevented me from fully enjoying Lost and Found in Prague, was the ending. Without giving spoilers away, it did feel like Jones ran out of steam at some point, a sentiment also echoed by Publisher's Weekly. However, other than the ending, I remain fully committed in my belief that this is a fun, fascinating mystery which I have no doubt that readers will enjoy.
Be sure to pick this one up, and definitely let me know what you think!
I strongly recommend Lost and Found in Prague for fans of mysteries, but also for someone looking to spend a few hours with a great book set in an incomparably-described city, written by an author that continues to show promise and skill, no matter what she writes.
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About the author:
Kelly Jones is the author of The Lost Madonna, The Seventh Unicorn, and The Woman who Heard Color. She grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in English and an art minor. She spent her junior year in Italy and developed a love for travel, a passion she now shares with her husband, Jim. An art history class in Florence fueled a love for the history of art, which has become an integral part of her writing. She is a mother and grandmother and lives with her husband in Boise.