Phryne Fisher is asked to investigate a murder but she soon finds she has very little sympathy with the victim who seems to have been a thoroughly unpleasant person. A small girl goes missing and it soon becomes clear that she has been kidnapped. Can Phryne find the kidnappers and rescue the little girl before anything irrevocable happens?
A fast paced story involving some daring stunts which kept me turning the pages, this is a well written mystery set in Melbourne, Australia in 1928. In spite of the many restrictions placed on women in that era Phryne somehow manages to achieve her aims. In this second instalment of the series the reader gets to know the regular characters a bit better - Phryne herself, the ever practical, Dot, her maid and assistant and a brief appearance by Jack Robinson the detective.
If you enjoy historical mysteries then try this series. The books can be read in any order but for those who like the read series from the start the first book is `Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates' (AKA `Cocaine Blues')