Surrounded by secrets, great and small, the formidable Miss Phryne Fisher returns to vanquish injustice.
When a mysterious invitation arrives for Miss Phryne Fisher from an unknown Captain Herbert Spencer, Phryne's curiosity is excited. Spencer runs a retreat in Victoria's spa country for shell-shocked soldiers of the First World War. It's a cause after Phryne's own heart but what could Spencer want from her?
Phryne and the faithful Dot view their spa sojourn as a short holiday but are quickly thrown in the midst of disturbing Highland gatherings, disappearing women, murder and the mystery of the Temperance Hotel.
Meanwhile, Cec, Bert and Tinker find a young woman floating face down in the harbour, dead. Tinker, with Jane and Ruth, Phryne's resilient adopted daughters, together decide to solve what appears to be a heinous crime.
Disappearances, murder, bombs, booby-traps and strange goings-on land Miss Phryne Fisher right in the middle of her most exciting adventure.
Set in 1929, Greenwood's charming 21st Phyrne Fisher mystery (after 2014's Murder and Mendelssohn) takes the well-to-do Australian sleuth from Melbourne to the country district of Daylesford, where a retired army captain has opened a spa to treat WWI vets suffering from shell shock that he hopes Phyrne will support financially. In Daylesford, Phyrne witnesses what first appears to be a tragic mishap. Kenneth McAlpine, the spa's bouncer, is demonstrating his prowess at tossing a log the size of a medium-size telephone pole, when it slips out of his hands, flies through the air, and fatally strikes a bystander, farmer Donald MacKay. After confronting the officious local sergeant with evidence that someone used a blowpipe to shoot McAlpine in the neck with a sliver of steel in a deliberate attempt to murder MacKay, Phyrne investigates. Humorous prose (a police officer's stubble is described as looking "as if he had just gone three rounds with a cheese-grater and been defeated on a technical knock-out") remains a series strength. Greenwood's many fans will be delighted.
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Excellent, as Miss Fisher always is