The Crooked Maid

The Crooked Maid

by Dan Vyleta


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ISBN-13: 9781608198092
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Dan Vyleta is the son of Czech refugees who emigrated to Germany in the late 1960s. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. His previous novels are Pavel & I and The Quiet Twin. Vyleta is a Canadian citizen and lives in Wisconsin.

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The Crooked Maid: A Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TeenAtHeart More than 1 year ago
Review originally posted at Bettering Me Up. Apparently, this is the sequel to The Quiet Twin, which I didn't know until after I was done reading the book. The Crooked Maid works as a stand-alone novel, but I hate reading series out of order. If I had known that this was a follow-up, I wouldn't have requested this from NetGalley. That being said, the Vyleta's writing is beautiful and I fell in love with the imagery he presented. This is definitely an "intelligent" book, so be prepared to read this without any distractions. If you're looking for a light, fluffy novel, find something else and come back to this when you're ready to crank those brain cells. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
The story revolves around a couple of murders in post-war Vienna, when many POWs are making their ways home from prison camps. I started this book with the idea that it was a murder-mystery - it is, but the story doesn't adhere to the traditional format of a murder-mystery. The book revolves around human nature, murder just being a by-product of community. In the acknowledgements, the author admits to paying homage to Dostoevsky and Dickens; I'm inclined to agree. The book never lets readers escape the effects of WWII - the war shades every word, description, and habit. The characters are as scarred as their city. That being said, a lot of the prose slips into past tense, which makes for some very dry reading. The plot is slow to start, with a lot of time taken to describe the setting and introduce characters - this won't bother history buffs but may turn off some readers. The strange twists in the narrative-format kept me in the dark until Vyleta was ready to tell me what I needed to know for the story to progress. I gave up trying to guess the end about half-way through the book; I admit, the end wasn't what I expected. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.