Here she is, the elusive, enigmatic, undefeatable Madame Koska, who can solve a crime and run an establishment of magnificent haute couture with equal success. Who is she? What is her first name? Who was M. Koska? Where did she learn her trade? It must be Paris but she has a Russian name… where does she get her lovely mannequins? Does she smoke a cigarette stuck in a long ebony cigarette holder?
The cover and you see here is for the first book in the series I am writing about Madame Koska's adventures. The printed book is a special edition, published by the Angela Thirkell Society of North America, and it will not be available unless I prepare a second edition. Currently, the book is available only as an e-book on: http://tinyurl.com/pa4y8b5
In a future segment I plan to add the introduction to the book right here, so you can get an idea, if you wish, as to the content and to how it all started. But the blog is going to be about much more. If you are interested (not necessarily in the order mentioned) in London in the 1920's, Russian émigrés, Parisian haute couture, opium dens, sophisticated and attractive gentlemen who are not quite what they seem, fascinating ladies with a past, flappers and Mannequins, jewel thieves and cat burglars, the Russian Revolution, Catherine the Great, Diaghilev, Nijinsky, and the Ballets Russes, among other things, please come back! I would appreciate comments, of course, and if you notice that I missed a subject that belongs here and is close to your heart, send me a note, preferably on scented light green paper with a gilded edge.
And just to start us on the right track, check out this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZsn6R4qiLo