Betanda Shanam Reviews The Affliction of Praha

The Affliction of Praha

Simon Gillard

July 9, 2020


Blurb: It’s 20th-century Czechoslovakia… and murder comes knocking.

The Teralov family are loved and respected by everyone in Prague, adored for bringing prosperity and hope to its downtrodden people… so nobody expected to find Peter Teralov inexplicably murdered in the streets.

To quell the uproar, expert Soviet detective Edgar Rollenvart soon finds himself tasked with hunting down the one responsible and bringing the killer to justice. He’s confident he can unravel the mystery behind Peter’s killing – despite the mysterious absence of evidence.

Teaming up with Peter’s brother, Edgar embarks on a twisting and impossible case that will take them through the streets and cities of early 1920s Czechoslovakia. As the number of suspects mounts and the evidence seems to go nowhere, Edgar soon realizes that the mystery behind this case runs far deeper than meets the eye…

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I received an advanced reader copy of The Affliction of Praha in exchange for an honest review 

Set in 1920’s Czechoslovakia, The Affliction of Praha begins with a nostalgic train ride that takes Edgar, a Soviet detective and Juraj , the brother of the deceased Peter Terolov, to a dusty neglected hotel in Bratislava, where the mystery of Peter’s death unfolds. 

Simon Gillard’s first full-length fiction book did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Affliction of Praha and found myself looking forward to any chance that I got to read it throughout my day.

The book contains some strong characters, who I instantly liked and who I was able to visualise, which helped to bring the story alive.  Edgar Rollenvart, the Soviet detective, was my favourite character, Edgar had a warm depth to his persona. I would have liked to have read more about Edgar and his adventures.

This murder mystery has a few surprises in it which takes the reader on an adventure to discover the culprit at the very end of the book.

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