Miss Blaine’s Prefect and The Golden Samovar by Olga Wojtas @OlgaWojtas @SarabandBooks #MissBlainesPrefectBlogTour #CrimeFiction #TimeTravel

Firstly I wish to thank Robbie Guillory, Managing Editor at Saraband Publishing for inviting me to be part of this Blog Tour for MISS BLAINE’S PREFECT AND THE GOLDEN SAMOVAR by Olga Wojtas

Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar by [Wjotas, Olga]


‘The creme de la creme of crime debuts.’ Al Guthrie

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, which she thinks gives her alma mater a bad name.

Impeccably educated and an accomplished martial artist, linguist and musician, 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 beautiful, shy, 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?


This is such a fun book to read with the type of humour I just love. The sort of stuff that makes you cringe and giggle all at the same time and all delivered by Shona McMonagle, time traveller extrodinaire.

Shona is on a mission to change the course of history way back in eighteen hundred and something Imperial Russia. She isn’t sure what she is to change or what date it actually is, all she has to go on are the events that have taken place in history so far and the location that she has arrived at. Shona had received the best education going in modern day Scotland and speaks a couple of languages fluently.  The only thing is these include modern sayings that are common place every day in Scotland but not at all in a bygone Russia.

Shona soon meets one of my favourite characters in the book, Nanny with her constant knitting. These two just bounced off each other with dialogue that was pure magic. Nanny had brought up shy, beautiful and orphaned heiress Lidia Ivanovna, now in her early twenties and being groomed to marry, but of course there was the family secret, we haven’t to talk about the family secret of course. 

I loved Shona and I am sure the idea of nipping in helping someone to make the right  decision and slipping away without leaving her mark on ‘the time line’ must have been part of her training, but if it was then she hide it well. Lets just say she can draw an audience both with a crowd and some pretty important Russian Royals! Not to mention the increasing body count that seems to be rising since her arrival.

Olga Wojtas has put together such lively and colourful characters in this story which has been a real pleasure to read. I hope that Shona will be making more appearances in future books on her time travelling adventures real soon. Just love the book cover too.

I wish to thank Saraband Publishing for a copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.


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 Sparks The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She was encouraged to write by an inspirational English teacher there, Iona M. Cameron. Olga won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2015 and has had more than 30 short stories published in magazines and anthologies.





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