Paris, 1897: France is bursting with Republican fervor. Enter Clarie, wife, mother and schoolteacher. Clarie considers herself fortunate because her husband supports her career teaching. But when one of the lycée's "charwomen", Francesca, asks Clarie to help find her two missing daughters, Clarie runs up against the limits of her husband's modern-mindedness. Author Barbara Corrado Pope plots Clarie's search with precision, giving just enough detail to move the events along but never to the degree that the ending is obvious. The Missing Italian Girl will delight fans of both mystery and historical fiction.