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Sins of the Father: A Countess of Prague Mystery    by Stephen Weeks order for
Sins of the Father
by Stephen Weeks
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Poisoned Pen, 2018 (2018)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

With Sins of the Father, by Stephen Weeks, we travel back in time to 1904 and to the city of Prague. Hapsburg Emperor Franz Joseph I tasks Beatrix von Falklenburg, Countess of Prague, to probe the murder/suicide in 1889 in Crown Prince Rudolf's hunting lodge at Mayerling and to discover any or all papers she can relating to the deaths.

The question about these deaths is whether or not Rudolf shot and killed Baroness Marie Vetsera and then shot himself? Apparently there is a secret that, if told, could topple the empire. Franz Joseph wants to find this secret, if it exists, before anyone else does.

As Beatrix is being handed her assignment, there is a horrific murder on the snowy Prague funicular railway. Prague Police Inspector Schneider pulls Beatrix away from a night at the opera. There is only a small piece of paper with Beatrix's phone number to be found at that scene! The great Master Illusionist has been murdered! The perpetrator of the crime is to be found and brought to justice.

This story reflects a splendid amount of research of 1904 Prague. But it does get a bit convoluted. If you have been in Prague, you will so enjoy traveling its streets once again. If this is your first time reading of this beautiful city, you will find it difficult not to book a trip.

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