“She looked like a lewd Corinthian column. She certainly looked seductive, but Isola would have looked seductive in gunny sacks tied with old rope.”
Fresh from her adventures in Cocaine Blues, Phryne Fisher is taking on more mysteries to be solved, as 1920s Melbourne’s premier investigator. In this slim volume, she has to solve a murder and catch a kidnapper, while indulging her passion for flying and moving into a more permanent residence than the Windsor Hotel.
I found this plot a bit chaotic. While it all comes together neatly at the end, the kidnapping storyline starts somewhat abruptly and it’s difficult to follow for a while. The other plotline, that of the murder, is more interesting and straightforward.
The favourite characters from the previous book are back – Phryne, Dot (who has a lot more space to blossom this time), Dr Macmillan, Bert & Cec – as well as numerous new characters, with a particular focus on the Strong Independent Woman. While I appreciate the historical significant of female lawyers who struggled to get cases in the 1920s, every now and again it does feel like Greenwood is on a bit of a campaign.
I’ll definitely keep reading this series; this was a classic second book. Not quite as good as the first, but certainly not a deterrent.
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