Little Follies: A Mystery at the Millennium
A visit to Krakow intended to test a new relationship turns out to be fraught with danger when two Americans encounter a man pursuing a dark ambition in the waning months of the last millennium.
Adam Kasper is a historian delving into the archives of an old museum; traveling with him is Joan Templeton, a journalist. Although they have come to Poland together in hopes that their new romance might flourish, Adam's work is all-consuming, and Joan finds better company with Rudy Vander Lage, a lecturer at the university who is coping with widowhood. By chance, they cross paths with Pawel Radincki, a man of unstable mind who hopes to transform his life by means both criminal and occult.
Adam's obsession with his research leads him to commit a serious breach of academic protocol. Although their relationship is disintegrating, Joan decides to help him with a bold and risky plan, and she enlists the aid of Rudy. Neither realizes that the risks they take will stymie Pawel's plans and put Joan's life in danger. Theft, murder, and magic propel the plot, which reaches a climax at the turn of the millennium, when relationships are realigned and follies laid bare.
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"As the millennium draws to a close, two Americans arrive in Krakow. Adam is on a research mission and his new girlfriend Joan is looking for a fresh start. Both find themselves tangled in a surprise plot of deceit, lies, and museum intrigue. Rich with twists and turns, Little Follies will keep readers hooked chapter after chapter. Korsmeyer seamlessly weaves multiple viewpoints to create a mystery that will keep you guessing until the end." -Kerry Chaput, author of Daughter of the King
"Crime and scholarship intersect in this wonderfully engrossing story. Carolyn Korsmeyer's Little Follies skillfully weaves together narrative threads addressing the ethics of academic research, anxiety about the passage of time, and the absurdity of human projects. Set in Poland, Carolyn Korsmeyer's Little Follies is packed with action, intrigue, and even a bit of the supernatural; it is a thrilling, fun, and thought-provoking novel!" -John Marmysz, author of The Nihilist: A Philosophical Novel
"A really enjoyable and engaging crime caper with well-rounded and believable characters." -David Philips, author of The Judas Conspiracy
"Carolyn Korsmeyer's stellar writing, infused with history and philosophy, captivates the reader in this phenomenal character-driven mystery. Equal parts international art heist and exploration of human nature, Korsmeyer accomplishes that rare feat with Little Follies: a book about characters experiencing self-discovery while simultaneously keeping the reader engrossed in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse." -Rob Samborn, author of The Prisoner of Paradise and Painter of the Damned