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The author of The Woman Who Heard Color transports readers to a dreary Good Friday in Prague in an "intriguing thriller"* as the mysterious death of a nun 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 peoplThe author of The Woman Who Heard Color transports readers to a dreary Good Friday in Prague in an "intriguing thriller"* as the mysterious death of a nun 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 Velvet 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 Catholic 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…*Publisher Weekly...

Title : Lost and Found in Prague
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ISBN : 9780425276709
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Lost and Found in Prague Reviews

  • Carly Ellen Kramer
    2019-05-20 00:15

    It took me a little while to get into this book... so many Czech words with unfamiliar accent marks... but once I grew accustomed to those details, I couldn't put Lost and Found in Prague down. This book has not one main character but three. Dana, Dal, and Father Borelli each have distinct personal issues to work through as they work together (mostly) to solve the mystery of the missing Infant of Prague. Their stories mingle together comfortably, and I found myself cheering each of them along on the personal yet intertwined journeys. The ending was both promising and mysterious - a fitting conclusion to a well written, well paced mystery novel.

  • Terri Lynn
    2019-04-26 01:00

    I wanted to love it. I tried to love it. I failed to love it. You would think that as a Prague-lover and a mystery lover I would have adored this but alas, we just had a lukewarm first date then called it quits. I won't discourage anyone from reading this- it is nicely written with a LOT of rather cumbersome and long drawn out descriptions and I never warmed up to the characters but each reader has her or his own tastes and this might be something you would love. I respect the book though I didn't fall in love with it.

  • Spotsalots
    2019-05-17 03:52

    I happened upon this at the library when over in the mystery aisles, and thought it sounded promising, as it involved a character returning to Prague twenty years after an initial visit around the time of the Velvet Revolution. Unfortunately, I found it disappointing.Previous commentators seem divided between those who loved it and those who found it thin stuff. The book's fans find it rich and subtle, with three appealing protagonists, while those who didn't care for it complain that it's pedestrian, predictable, features too many nuns and priests, and lacks a real sense of Prague. I can see how it would appeal to some readers--it's not what I'd consider a "cozy" but probably suits fans of that sub-genre tolerably well. However, this book misses many opportunities, and its mix of minute detail and inaccuracy makes me wonder whether the author did her research on Prague without ever visiting the city (or if she spent a few days there once but isn't all that familiar with it). Yes, she knows street names, and usually spells things correctly, which is more than most Americans do. But the book is just full of things that feel "off." One of the protagonists is a Czech homicide detective--a Chief Investigator named Dal Damek. This instantly sounded phony to me. Damek is a Czech nickname for Adam and doesn't sound like a surname, while if the detective's first name is Dalibor or Dalimil, his nickname isn't going to be Dal, but perhaps Borek, Libor, or Mila. Similarly, a minor character is called Bo, which is also not a normal nickname for a Czech. And then there's Branislov, whose name should be spelled BraniSLAV because "slov" and "slav" don't mean the same thing and the Czechs don't mess with baptismal name spellings. (I can't comment on whether the Czech Republic's police have titles like Chief Investigator, as my only direct experience with today's police force was when I reported a pickpocketing incident back in 2003 or thereabouts.) Verisimilitude in names may seem trivial to some readers but is important; if you read a book set in present-day Fargo, wouldn't you be surprised if the local farmers were named Mercutio, Nigel, and Melibea?Catholicism is a major theme in the book, which is fine--Catholicism has a long history in Prague. But given that the Czech Republic is a strongly secular country, it seems as though a passing mention ought to be made that most Czechs (unlike most of the characters in the book) are not devout Catholics. Likewise, the description of Jan Hus as "a revered Protestant preacher who'd defied the Catholic Church" does not exactly make clear that Jan Hus was actually a Catholic priest and theologian burned at the stake for his efforts to reform the church and that the Hussites were among the first Protestants.This leads me to the term "dissenter." Dissenter and dissident are indeed synonyms, but "dissenter" is a term one associates with British Nonconformist church members of bygone times, while "dissident" is the term used in English for Charter 77 signatories and their supporters. I was baffled that the author repeatedly referred to the Czech dissidents as "dissenters." Given that the Velvet Revolution is vital to the story here and that the author brings in Civic Forum, the StB, and so on, calling the dissidents "dissenters" is really peculiar. The first time I saw "dissenter," I thought the author meant someone who dissented from the dissidents' position.So... lots of strange big and small missteps. The American, whose hotel is on Nerudova (so is in a tourist hotel but not in a big chain hotel), gets her breakfast coffee in a paper cup and walks down the street with it--not impossible, but so very unlikely in Prague. Likewise, that the hotel management slips her final bill under her door. (I've only had a bill under my door at big conference hotels in the US.)Nitpicking aside, this book could have done so much with the premise of young American college graduates getting involved in the Velvet Revolution, one staying in Prague and the other not returning until twenty years later. With or without a murder mystery, this theme has huge promise, but it just wastes its potential. And yes, too many nuns, but not surprising that the priests are all Italian, because how many Czechs these days become priests? Not very many, I think.

  • Rochelle
    2019-05-13 07:04

    I received this book as an ARC at the ALA Midwinter meeting.I always appreciate a sense of place in a book and this book has a wonderful sense of place. The cast of characters includes a police detective, a Vatican official and an American tourist. Unlike a Dan Brown thriller, no one is chased down by an evil mastermind planning the destruction of the planet, no one falls in love and no one performs superhuman feats. This is a mystery with three detectives working toward the same goal with different methods. The three actors tease apart the clues and solve this mystery with ties back to the Velvet Revolution. Dana Pierson is traveling to Prague to visit a cousin who has lived in a closed abbey as a Carmelite nun for twenty years, but on her arrival, she finds that her cousin cannot meet her because of a death among the sisters. The nuns are disturbed because at the same time as her death, the Infant of Prague was stolen from the cathedral. Dana agrees to help them and sets off to investigate a crime in city where she does not speak the language. Father Giovanni Borelli is in Prague at the request of a childhood friend to investigate the loss of the Infant of Prague. Borelli adds a sense of glamour to the search, a serious gourmand, Father Borelli does not believe in denying the flesh when it comes to wine, food and tobacco. Chief Investigator Dal Damek is tied up with another murder, that of a powerful senator, when he is approached by Father Borelli with questions about his investigation of the nun's death and then Dana Pierson with a trumped up interview regarding post revolution crime, during which she snoops through his file on the nun's death. He is suspicious of them both but reopens the investigation when he is told the Infant of Prague has been stolen.Very much recommended for those who like books with complicated plots, realistic characters, and moody suspense.

  • Book of Secrets ☘
    2019-05-10 23:59

    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.

  • Kevin McAllister
    2019-04-27 04:02

    Being that it was set in an exotic East European locale involving an American journalist, a Czech detective, and an Italian priest, I was expecting a lot from this mystery. Unfortunately, I never really felt intrigued while reading it, and was totally disappointed with the ending and then even more so with the epilogue. Both of them easy, complete, and total copouts

  • Kelly Sierra
    2019-04-27 05:07

    I did not like this book... and I think it might just be me. The issue I had with this book is that from the moment I started to read it, I could not get into it. Nothing in the beginning captured me enough to engage me, and it ended up being more of a hassle to read than a pleasure.Thanks Edelweiss1.5 stars.

  • Mila
    2019-04-20 02:57

    It was fun to read about walking around in Prague and learning about the Infant Jesus of Prague (which I first came across while looking for vintage Japanese planters on ebay!) and never did see when I was in Prague!

  • jill crotty
    2019-05-18 05:53

    I find it interesting how so many people can read the same book and come to different conclusions. I do not understand how others did not like this one! The book is well written with a plot that flows with little confusion. I am a sucker for historical fiction. I loved learning about the city of Prague and the velvet revolution. The story involves 3 strong characters. A priest, an American journalist and a Czech investigator. The trio works together to solve the recent string of murders and the involvement of a missing religious relic. The author sets the reader up right away with a Nun collapsing at the altar. There is no crazy twists and turns, but the way she writes captivates the reader. So begins the steady pace of a good old fashion "who dun It" mystery.

  • Jenna Morgan
    2019-04-25 05:00

    This book was great. It was a little slow in the beginning and I am always wary of books that go back and forth in time. However this was definitely worth the read. You really get to know the characters and feel for their struggles. This book intricately weaves together 3 characters with different backgrounds and different ages into a moving story of forgiveness, change, and revolution. I will definitely be reading more by this author!

  • Marijalas
    2019-05-10 01:56

    Finally I have a new author.This book held my attention throughout. The characters were three dimensional and I could relate to their humanity. The three main characters had actual weaknesses and pain. I liked that the ending was atypical as well. The author walked a fine line between religion and mysticism and carried it off.The locale was one I had visited and now revisted via the story.

  • Tracy
    2019-04-20 04:57

    The premise of this novel had so much potential, but it ended up delivering a read with some flat and tedious characters and a plot that wrapped up too succinctly. If less time was spent on repeating plot points in a brief novel, there may have been more room for character development to make readers actually care about the protagonist, Dana Pierson, and the mystery she finds herself involved in on a visit to Prague.

  • Charland Garvin
    2019-05-01 06:17

    It is easily a 3.5 with a very interesting plot and a mystery that encompasses Prague, the Catholic Church, a murder. I enjoyed the story being set in Prague and I certainly have found Kelly Jones' books very readable. She mixes a historic setting with some kind of mystery. I do recommend this book.

  • Chris
    2019-05-03 00:54

    Wanted to like this one more because I fell in love with Prague this summer. This book didn't give me much of a feel of the atmosphere of the city, or much depth to its history, or even life in Prague today. The story lines were forced to come together in the last few pages, but I didn't really care too much by then as I couldn't get invested in the characters.

  • Maureen
    2019-05-01 04:17

    Not great and I'd have given it a 2.5 if I could.

  • Betty
    2019-04-26 07:17

    This book has many layers of mystery and intrigue. Chief Investigator Damek of the Czech National Police Force is investigating the murder of a prominent politician. Dana Pierson, an American reporter, is returning to Prague after a twenty-year absence to visit her cousin Caroline, who is now Sister Agnes. On the flight to Prague, she meets Father Borelli who has been called to Prague by his friend Father Ruffino. Sister Agnes does not show up for her set appointment with Dana as there has been a death among the order, an elderly nun. However Sister Agnes does leave a note indicating that the famous Infant of Prague has been stolen and a fake is in its place. Thus begins a dangerous cat and mouse chase that brings Dana, Damek and Borelli together. It quickly comes to Dana that perhaps the youth she and Caroline were involved with twenty years previously, the time of the Velvet Revolution, may be behind these strange occurrences.I had to read slowly and carefully as there were several plots involved. Also the unfamiliarity with Czech names and places required a bit more effort. However, it was worth the effort. The writing is quite descriptive and I could feel the emotions of the characters. I really cared about Damek, Dana, and Borelli. They had their flaws which made them that much more real. I got wrapped up in the personal stories of Damek and Dana. The political intrigue kept me wondering as to who could trust whom. I loved how the author brought Prague to life through her descriptions. I definitely will be reading more of her books.Additional note: Visit her website at to see photos of the places mentioned in the book.

  • Once Upon a Romance Reviews
    2019-05-18 03:52

    Sexual Content Rating: SubtleLanguage (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: MildViolent Content Rating: MinimalThis is an somewhat unusual historical novel or historical mystery because the storyline takes us to Prague in the recent history, but goes back to the Velvet Revolution when the Berlin wall fell. The setting and time are not too distant that most of us still remember where we were when the wall came down, but as is often, not all problems are taken care of because the wall came down. Some issues linger and this is the basis of the mystery that takes our three main sleuths, Dana, Dal and Father Borelli on the search for a solution and maybe in the process allows them to discover what happened to a famous piece of art. The author is known for art history mysteries and this book is no exception. While the initial premise is not art theft or focused on art, art does play a prominent role in all of the stories written by Kelly Jones. Can this odd trio sole what happened to the famous art piece ‘the Infant of Prague” and also solve the murder of a nun in the process? How can a member of the Czech police, an American tourist and a Catholic priest band together to solve a mystery that goes back 20 years and involves events that took place during the Velvet Revolution, revealing that not all was well when the wall came down? The author succeeded in writing an interesting and unique story, with well-developed characters that for any lover of Europe or with an interest in the recent European history will be a fun read.-- EVA

  • Katrina Marie
    2019-05-09 07:50

    I loved the premise of this book. It takes place in Prague twenty years after the Velvet Revolution. This is a place that I would love to one day visit and the setting immediately drew me in.The characters were great also. Dal is a detective going through marriage struggles and find the murderer of a senator. He has his own struggles that he’s trying to deal with and balance out. Dana is on vacation, and stumbles into a mystery concerning the Infant of Prague. Her cousin wants her to help figure out what happened with a nun in the convent, and what really happened that night. Father Borelli is only trying to help a fellow priest and friend in the events that happened at the church. He also learns a few things about himself.I enjoyed the mystery. I was left guessing, and trying to figure out what was going to happen next. The way these three characters worked together was great. Each of them formed a type of bond with the other. I especially liked how Borelli and Dana came to be friends through this ordeal. The only thing I didn’t care for was the epilogue and ending. It seemed a little too easy, and clean cut. Other than that, I loved traveling the streets of Prague while Dal, Dana and Borelli figured out what was going on in this city, and how events were connected.

  • Liz
    2019-05-09 07:14

    Prague is the location in the setting of this novel. The two time periods are the present and the Velvet Revolution with the fall of communism.Two cousins come to Prague together during the exciting time of student, artists, literary figures and other youth are celebrating. Havel, a poet, is the new President of the democracy. When it is time to return home one of the cousins decides to remain behind and joins a convent.Only later do we find out the reason for this sudden religious decision. The cousin who returned to the US returns to visit her cousin and becomes involved in solving a murder and a theft of a valuable religious relic...a Madonna.I have visited Prague during both of these time periods and the setting interested me greatly.For me the pace of the novel slowed in the middle which is why I gave it 3 stars.

  • Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
    2019-05-04 05:59

    Check out the full review at Kritters RamblingsA book that follows a character - journalist Dana Pierson back to Prague 20 years after the Berlin wall has come down and she is returning to visit a friend who never left. A few murders have occurred and they are all linked, but it takes awhile to find out how they are all connected. Dana joins up with an Italian priest and together they adventure to get to the bottom of the murders and find out how they are all connected and why. I absolutely loved the pairing and thought they bounced off each other very well. Their pairing kept me going when I wasn't sure about this one.

  • Lychee
    2019-05-09 05:15

    Enjoyed this more than expected. Got a general thumbs up from the book club. I seemed to enjoy it the most - enough to seek out another by the same author sometime (which I don't think happens more than twice a year with a monthly club). We had mixed impressions of the ending and a good discussion about many of the characters. The longest point of discussion was about the role of religion/spirituality in the book for the author (more so than for the characters) and there was quite a range of perspectives.

  • CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
    2019-05-07 04:03

    This is an exciting mystery filled with some rich history. My how our world has changed. Dana is a person I would love to know; she has her faults, yet fights for what her conscience believes is right. Great dialogue that keeps the story flowing is just what you will find in the pages of Lost And Found In Prague.MatildaReviewer for Coffee Time Romance & MoreOfficial Review @ Coffee Time Romance & More

  • Cosette
    2019-05-08 01:56

    Lost and Found in Prague was a very dynamic thriller. I was lucky enough to win this book through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. The three main characters Dana, Dal, and Giovanni all were well developed characters and by the end of the book you feel as if they are old friends. I liked how the author switched back and forth between the three and their adventure in Prague. Will recommend to friends and my book club.

  • Kelly Bania
    2019-04-25 03:11

    This book was not nearly as exciting as it could have been. The tedious prose and lackluster description of such a unique city left me bored. Several interesting characters and plot points were introduced, but Jones failed to develop any memorable dialogue or action. And what was up with the conclusion? I felt like I was reading the end of a different novel.

  • William
    2019-05-11 06:14

    I read this book because we plan to go to Prague next Fall. It was not worth it! The book was "Schmaltzy". A little too religious and goody-goody for my taste. It did not give me much local color for Prague which was my reason for picking it up. Not much of a mystery. Too many priests and nuns who were obviously not going to do a dirty deed. Bah!

  • Bonnie
    2019-05-10 03:49

    I really enjoyed this cast of characters. The solving of the mystery kept me reading with anticipation until the end. I loved the way all the intricate pieces fell together at the conclusion. A well written, well researched, intriguing novel.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-22 07:14

    Readers are giving this fewer stars than I would (I wish we could give fractions), but I thought that the mystery deserves more because it does a nice job developing the atmosphere of Prague and dealing with an unusual topic (the disappearance of the Infant of Prague).

  • Judith
    2019-05-07 00:11

    It's a bit tedious to read, but the parts about Prague kept me going. The character development and plot are a bit weak. This is a novel where place wins out. It was a book group selection, and we had a good discussion as most of us had been to Prague.

  • Chuck McGrady
    2019-04-29 08:00

    Loved this book. The story line was believable and the prose is crisp. The descriptions of Prague brought back memories. It was an easy read not because the sentences were simple but because they just flowed.

  • Hema
    2019-04-24 04:01

    This book was actually a gift. And to be honest, I wasn't sure I would like it. I was pleasantly surprised! It has a multiple, well-developed characters and a great plot. It's complex enough to be interesting but no so much that it's a pain to follow. Loved it!