Author: Kerry Greenwood, 2013.
Genre: Period Fiction. 1920s Australia. Crime Fiction. Mystery. GLBT themes.
Other Details: ebook. 337 pages/ Unabridged Audio (11 hours, 22 mins). Read by Stephanie Daniel.
An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher’s assistance to enter a world in which he is truly lost. Hugh Tregennis, not much liked by anyone, has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking? At the same time, the dark curls, disdainful air and the lavender eyes of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They’ve certainly taken the heart of Phryne’s old friend from the trenches of WWI, John Wilson. Phryne recognizes Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm. Even with the faithful Dot, Mr. and Mrs. Butler, and all in her household ready to pull their weight, Phryne’s task is complex. While Mendelssohn’s Elijah, memories of the Great War, and the science of deduction ring in her head, Phryne’s past must also play its part as MI6 become involved in the tangled web of murders. - synopsis from author's website.
Well I have finally reached the end of this series which has proved to be so enjoyable from the first book to the twentieth.
This was a delightful story with some homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his iconic creation Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in the form of a mathematician touring Australia with lectures on the Science of Deduction and his war-wounded companion. In addition, it is revealed that Phryne had a brief but dazzling career as a spy with the highly appropriate code name of 'Black Cat'.
Amazingly for once I actually figured out whodunit well before the final reveal. I shall miss the series though do hope for more Phryne Fisher Mysteries from Kerry Greenwood in the future.