Author: Kerry Greenwood, 2010.
Genre: Period Fiction. 1920s Australia. Crime Fiction. Cosy Mystery.
Other Details: ebook. 259 pages/ Unabridged Audio (8 hours, 31 mins). Read by Stephanie Daniel.
Dot unfolded the note. “He says that his married couple will look after the divine Miss Fisher…I’ll leave out a bit…their name is Johnson and they seem very reliable.” Phryne got the door open at last. She stepped into the hall. “I think he was mistaken about that,” she commented.
Travelling at high speed in her beloved Hispano-Suiza accompanied by her maid and trusted companion Dot, her two adoptive daughters Jane and Ruth, and their dog Molly, The Hon. Miss Phryne Fisher is off to Queenscliff. She’d promised everyone a nice holiday by the sea with absolutely no murders, but when they arrive at their rented accommodation that doesn’t seem likely at all. An empty house, a gang of teenage louts, a fisherboy saved, and the mystery of a missing butler and his wife seem to lead inexorably toward a hunt for buried treasure by the sea. But what information might the curious Surrealists be able to contribute? Phryne knows to what depths people will sink for greed, but with a glass of champagne in one hand and a pearl-handled Beretta in the other, no one is getting past her. - synopsis from Poisoned Pen Press website.
Once my car was returned I continued with this series of delightful Jazz Age mysteries as my audiobook-in-the-car. As I had also purchased the Kindle edition I decided to double up and both listen and read. I allowed my audiobook speed to dictate my reading and so each Sundays I read those pages that I've listened to during the week. I always found that there were a few details that I'd missed while driving so this arrangement worked well and I will probably continue to double up with the final two in the series.
This was a quite low key mystery as Phryne and family go off on holiday for a few weeks. Of course, mysteries do present themselves such as the whereabouts of the housekeepers in the holiday house they'd borrowed. Kerry Greenwood seemed to give quite a lot of attention to the domestic details of the Fisher holiday and so there were plenty of yummy descriptions of dishes being prepared by Ruth, Phryne's adopted daughter, who has aspirations of becoming a cook when she leaves school. While not one of the best in the series, this still was a fun read. I really loved the antics of the houseful of Surrealists next door.
Very sad to learn of the death of Stephanie Daniel, whom Kerry Greenwood described as the "definitive voice of Phryne Fisher."