The Time Traveller’s Strife

23 02 2019

Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar by Olga Wojtas

 

Fifty-something Shona is a proud former pupil of the Marcia Blaine School for Girls, but has a deep loathing for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which she thinks gives her alma mater a bad name.

Impeccably educated and an accomplished martial artist, linguist and musician, Shona is thrilled when selected by Marcia Blaine herself to travel back in time for a one-week mission in 19th-century Russia: to pair up the beautiful, shy, orphaned heiress Lidia Ivanovna with Sasha, a gorgeous young man of unexplained origins.

But, despite all her accomplishments and good intentions, Shona might well have got the wrong end of the stick about her mission. As the body count rises, will she discover in time just who the real villain is?

But, despite all her accomplishments and good intentions, Shona might well have got the wrong end of the stick about her mission. As the body count rises, will she discover in time just who the real villain is?

A really light-hearted and rollicking entertainment this, the first novel (under her own name) by Olga Wojtas, who was for many years the Scottish editor of the Times Higher. She wears her learning lightly though and manages to make this a perfectly judged, very witty and fast-paced romp.

All good fun and a recommended comedy crime caper.

 

 

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