Lost and Found in Prague (Paperback)

By Kelly Jones

Berkley Books, 9780425276709, 352pp.

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

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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 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


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.


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