|In this one, the murder victim is an old lady who painted flower fairies for a living and also acted as an agony aunt for a women's magazine. Miss Lavender lived in a rented gardener's cottage and was unpopular with her neighbours, any one of whom might have wanted to kill her. Or was it one of the women who wrote letters to the magazine and got disastrously wrong advice? Phryne and Dot have a long list of suspects to investigate and meanwhile, Phryne has her own problems. Lin Chung, on an overseas business trip, has been kidnapped by pirates - and someone is trying to kill her...
This novel is a little different from the others. The characters are mostly women - the staff of the women's magazine, where Phryne gets a job as part of her investigation. There are no pretty young men for Phryne to seduce, for once. There is only a small amount of action, towards the end.
Still, it's as entertaining as the others and there are some wonderful visions of Melbourne in the 1920s.
Read and enjoy.
The full series is listed on the Phyrne Fisher page; or more works by Kerry. See also: interview, and Kerry's answers to the usual questions.
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