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Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar


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Olga Wojtas is an unconventional - and very witty - writer of postmodern crime fiction whose surrealist humour has been compared to the likes of PG Wodehouse, Jasper Fforde and the Marx Brothers. Her debut novel, Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar, has been published in the UK and US to great critical acclaim - being longlisted for the inaugural Comedy Women in Print Prize 2019, shortlisted for a CrimeFest Award, and named as one of the best mysteries and thrillers of the year by Kirkus. A journalist for more than 30 years, Olga was Scottish editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement before she began adding creative writing to her portfolio. She won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2015 and has had numerous short stories and several novellas published. Olga is currently writing her second novel, Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Vampire Menace. She lives in Edinburgh, where she once attended James Gillespie's High School - the model for Marcia Blaine School for Girls, which appears in Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, the novel that inspired the Miss Blaine's Prefect series.


Comedy Women in Print Prize 2019, LONGLISTED; CrimeFest Awards, Last Laugh Award 2019: SHORTLISTED; "Marvellous... [a] laugh-out-loud farce... Readers will appreciate the skill with which Wojtas mirrors Spark's style." Publishers Weekly (starred review); "Wojtas' debut is every bit as light-hearted, level-headed, inventive, hilarious, and altogether enchanting as its heroine, who richly deserves another jaunt through time and space." Kirkus (starred review); "This is a delightful addition to the ranks of comic crime, mixing sharp observation with a lightness of touch." Laura Wilson, Guardian; "A hefty dose of Jane Austen stylings and Stella Gibbons satirical wit." Scotsman; "I loved this book. Shona is a unique sleuth whose mission made for most entertaining reading." Alex Gray; "Knowing, original and very funny ... that rare thing, a successfully comic crime novel." Simon Brett; "Anna Karenina written by P.G. Wodehouse." Linda Cracknell; "A thrilling and fast-paced tale of time-travel, murder, mayhem, matchmaking and manners ... written with verve, lightness of touch and joie de vivre ... unadulterated fun." Alistair Braidwood, Scots Whay Hae; "Miss Blaine's Prefect is a triumph - a sparky, witty rollercoaster ... that had me in stitches. Can't wait for the next adventure." Angus Roxburgh; "Clever, witty, and brain-tickling ... This book is an absolute hoot ... Recommended." Raven Crime Reads; "Original, funny and with a deliciously quirky edge ... delightful from beginning to end." Jaffa Reads Too; "What a refreshing change to have an older protagonist ... the characters jump right off the page ... It's full of real laugh-out-loud humour ... suspense, fantastic characters, and [I was] transported back in time." It's All About the Books; "Laugh-out-loud funny and a real charmer of a book ... a dazzling array of characters that truly come to life in this outrageous and irresistible comedy." Live and Deadly

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