Phryne Fisher returns in her fourth magical mystery amidst bullets, sexy ex-anarchists, furs, tattooists and silken lingerie.
The devastating Phryne Fisher is under fire again in her fourth mystery. A very young man with muddied hair, a pierced ear and a blue tattoo lies cradled in Phryne's arms. But sadly it's not another scene of glorious seduction - this time it's death.
The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, beautifully dressed in loose trousers, a cream silk shirt and a red-fox fur has just had her windscreen shot out inches in front of her divine nose. But worse is the fate of the pale young man lying on the road, his body hit by bullets, who draws his final blood-filled breath with Phryne at his side.
Outraged by this brutal slaughter, Phryne promises to find out who is responsible. But Phryne doesn't yet know how deeply into the mire she'll have to go - bank robbery, tattoo parlours, pubs, spiritualist halls and the Anarchists.
Along this path, Phryne meets Peter, a battle-scarred, sexy Slav, who offers much more to her than just information. But all thoughts of these delights flee from Phryne's mind when her beloved maid, Dot, disappears. There's nothing Phryne won't do to get her back safely.
Any female private eye who dares to be rich, promiscuous, single and not in search of a man is such a breath of fresh air.' The Saturday Mercury
About The Author
Kerry Greenwood is the author of twenty-seven novels and the editor of two collections. Previous novels in the Phryne Fisher series are Flying too High, Murder on the Ballarat Train, The Green Mill Murder, Blood and Circuses, Death on the Victoria Dock, Ruddy Gore, Urn Burial, Raisins and Almonds, Death Before Wicket, Away with the Fairies, Murder in Montparnasse, The Castlemaine Murders and Queen of the Flowers. She is also the author of several books for young adults and the Delphic Women series.
When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Court for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.
Australia in 1928 may be fraught with labor and economic problems, but that's no excuse for murder.As she drives home one night, bullets shatter feminist-socialite-sleuth Phryne Fisher's windshield, and a beautiful young man dies in her arms. Mightily annoyed, she vows to track down the killers, a task that drags her deep into the shadowy world of anarchists. The young man, a Latvian, was executed by his fellow conspirators because he talked too much. Phryne, who has friends among the arty socialist crowd, meets the attractive and enigmatic Peter Smith at one of their parties. He becomes her lover and helps her discover that a bank robbery is being planned to finance the revolution. Phryne and her extended family become the target of attacks by the Latvians. When her companion Dot is kidnapped in a case of mistaken identity, the furious Phryne goes into action and foils the bank robbery, shooting the robbers dead. In her spare time, she solves the case of a missing 14-year-old, an aspiring nun who's run away from her dysfunctional nouveau-riche family. Peter must leave town and assume a new identity to stay alive, but irrepressible Phryne is soon ready for more intrigue.More romantic adventure than mystery, though feisty Phryne (Ruddy Gore, 2005, etc.) does keep the reader amused. (Kirkus Reviews)
Series: A Phryne Fisher Mystery
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: March 2005
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.19