Olga Wojtas

Olga Wojtas
Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar

First Book Award: Nominee

Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar by Olga Wojtas was nominated for the 2018 First Book Award.

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A time-travelling altruist must solve a mystery in 19th-century Russia.

Olga Wojtas was born and brought up in Edinburgh where she 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. She was encouraged to write by an inspirational English teacher and has since had more than 30 short stories published in magazines and anthologies.

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. 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 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?

Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar is the ‘crème de la crème of crime fiction debuts’.

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