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Queen of the Flowers,
This review is from: Queen of the Flowers (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) (Paperback)
Phryne Fisher, beautiful and rich, has been selected as Queen of the Flowers. Her four attendants are causing her some problems and when one of them disappears Phryne is asked by a businessman to investigate and bring her back.
Then one of Phryne's own adopted daughters, Ruth, goes missing and is found to have been kidnapped and she has problems of her own. The circus and the carnival are in town and Phryne meets some old friends and makes some new ones including three elephants.
I enjoyed this book and found it absorbing reading. I love the characters especially Phryne's household - her two daughters, Jane and Ruth and her companion Dot Williams and Mr and Mrs Butler who make the house run like clockwork. I also liked the elephants with their liking for toffee apples and their gentleness with humans. It was nice to see Dot's fiancé Hugh Collins playing a part in this story as well as old favourites, Bert and Cec.
The intertwining threads of the story are spangled with humorous touches but there are also serious issues including the problems surrounding contacting parents of adopted children and underage sexual relationships.
The deeper issues touched upon make this series more than just light reading and I find the historical background of Melbourne in 1928 brings the story to life. These stories could not have been set anywhere else at any other time as they are so much intertwined with their background. I recommend this series to anyone who likes something a bit different in historical crime.