The Countess of Prague

The Countess of Prague

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"The Countess of Prague is the wonderfully exciting introduction to Beatrice von Falklenburg, known to her intimates as Trixie, who will lead us from Prague through Europe and occasionally beyond on a ten-book set of investigations that begins in 1904 and finishes in 1914. The assassination of the Archduke in Sarajevo that summer effectively ended the Old Europe into which she was born to a noble Czech father and an English mother. Through the lens of Trixie, whose own journey from pampered aristocrat (albeit in a polite and impoverished marriage) to a degree of emancipation has an exciting yet humorous and sympathetic dynamic, we witness stirring events and societal shifts. Trixie begins her new career at 28. She's leading a society life and growing apart from her husband although she is as yet too conventional to take a lover. When the brutalized body of an old man once under the command of her military uncle is fished from the Vltava, she takes to the role of a detective and finds solace in it, mixing with ease with kings and princes, but never losing touch with ordinary men and women with whom her new role often puts her in contact. Investigating alters the formality of her relations with her servants and with public officials as we see when she encounters her butler in an unexpected role (and place) and then goes undercover (as a young man) on a train journey to Paris and London. Eventually, liaising with various officials, she arrives at Marienbad, the famous Czech spa, where Edward VII of England and his nephew Kaiser Wilhelm have staged a surprising May meeting....and it is here that the mystery unfolds."--Dust jacket
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ :, Poisoned Pen Press,, 2017
ISBN: 9781464208447
Branch Call Number: MYS Week
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 23 cm


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Aug 03, 2018

I was attracted to this book by the comparison of the protagonist, Beatrice/Trixie with Amelia Peabody and Phryne Fisher. I really wanted to like the book. Sadly, Beatrice/Tricia has a long way to go.

Both Amelia and Phryne are strong, well-rounded characters who have a rattling good time. Their authors clearly love their characters, and their familiarity with the periods shines through the casual, convincing details of the lives and surroundings of Amelia and Phryne. Beatrice and her world are pale and shallow in comparison.

Amelia and Phryne are both the creations of women writers. Does Beatrice fail because she is imagined by a male author?

The plot was tortuous, and the conclusion left too much dangling. It did not leave me with the sense of solid satisfaction and eagerness for another adventure as I’ve always had with Elizabeth Peters’ and Kerry Greenwood’s stories.

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