Book Review: LOST AND FOUND IN PRAGUE by Kelly Jones

Publisher: Berkley Trade
Released: January 6, 2015
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Rating: ★★★½

Kelly Jones, the author of The Woman Who Heard Color transports readers to a dreary Good Friday in Prague, where a mysterious death sets off a tangled chain of events that inexorably draws three strangers together—and forever changes their lives…

Just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, aspiring journalist Dana Pierson joined the hordes of young people traveling to Eastern Europe to be a part of history. There, she and her best friend were swept up in the excitement of the revolution. Twenty years later, Dana returns to the city of her youthful rebellion to reconnect with her old confidant, who never left the city. But the visit that was reserved for healing intimacies and giddy reminiscences is marred by a strange death in one of Prague’s most famous churches—and an even more peculiar mystery surrounding it…

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…

LOST AND FOUND IN PRAGUE is a complex, multi-layered mystery involving a politician’s recent murder that has possible ties to a priceless holy relic and events that took place during the Velvet Revolution. Dana, an American journalist, last visited Prague in 1989 during the protests of Communist rule. Her cousin Caroline stayed in the city, but she has called Dana back to help investigate a suspicious death at Our Lady Victorious church. She then gets pulled into an even bigger mystery involving the murder of a senator and the Infant of Prague holy relic.

The plot was complicated, but I was intrigued to find out how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. My mind was spinning at times trying to keep the details straight, since past events kept overlapping with the present. I enjoyed learning the back stories of the characters (most of whom where troubled) and how they related to the mystery. I was especially curious about Caroline, and her decision to stay in Prague 20 years earlier. My favorite character was the city of Prague itself. The author did a great job bringing this fascinating Eastern European city and its rich history to life. 3.5 stars.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.