'Greenwood's strength lies in her ability to create characters that are wholly satisfying: the bad guys are bad, and the good guys are great' Vogue
1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous.
Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self-preservation, decides to investigate - and promptly goes missing herself. It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's all piracy and dark cellars, convents and plots, murder and mystery . . . and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.
Praise for Kerry Greenwood:
'Elegant, fabulously wealthy and sharp as a tack, Phryne sleuths with customary panache... [she is] irresistibly charming' The Age
'Phryne Fisher is gutsy and adventurous, and endowed with plenty of grey matter' West Australian
'In a word: delightful' Herald Sun
'Miss Fisher has beauty, brains and oodles of style ... a well-constructed novel that enchants, excites, enthrals and entertains' Good Reading Magazine
When thugs assault an unescorted woman on a Melbourne street in Greenwood's entertaining 19th Phryne Fisher mystery set in 1920s Australia (after 2010's Dead Man's Chest), Fisher, who's on her way to her club, comes to the rescue. Reporter Margaret "Polly" Kettle, the intended victim, has been tracking down leads for a story on three pregnant girls who disappeared from the Magdalen Laundry at the Abbotsford convent. With the police uninterested, Polly appeals to Phryne for aid, but before Phryne's inquiries can advance very much, Polly herself is abducted. The sleuth encounters more than a little human misery in her quest, and, endowed with a generosity of spirit and ample financial resources, puts things right wherever possible. While no one will confuse this for Dickens, Greenwood's presentation of the horrific conditions in the Magdalen Laundry, an actual place, makes this a refreshing change from the series' sometimes breezy story lines.