Kerry Greenwood, 1992
Premise: Miss Phryne Fisher has been a magnet for trouble before, but it’s still startling to be shot at while driving down the street. After witnessing a killing at the docks, Phryne is determined to see the killers pay, no matter if it leads her and her household into further danger.
I wanted to mention this one in more depth because while I liked books two and three, this one really brought the things I liked in the first book back to the forefront. In the intervening time since book one, Phryne has settled her new household, and even added to it, taking in two orphaned girls.
The double plot of this novel follows both the investigation of the murder of a young anarchist and the disappearance of a well-off young woman. Both mysteries require Phryne and her companions to infiltrate settings as diverse as a convent, a seance and a morgue to collect information.
I felt that Phryne was more dynamic in this book in some senses. I felt her passions - her anger and fear and lust - more consistently than in some of the other volumes.
I’ll definitely keep picking these up. I need more positive, not-too-brain-taxing reads on my Kindle for my commute through the dark winter.
4 Stars - A Very Good Book