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on 16 October 2017
In this episode of Phryne Fisher’s mysteries, set in 1920s Australia, she has decided to take her assistant Dot and her two adopted daughters, Jane and Ruth, for a quiet seaside holiday in Queenscliff. An acquaintance, Mr Thomas, has lent his substantial house to Miss Fisher, including his staff, Mr and Mrs Johnson, to take care of their domestic needs. However, there is no sign of the couple, their furniture is missing and the back door is wide open.

Soon there are other mysteries to solve. Who is the phantom pigtail stealer and why is Mrs Macmaster, who lives next door, with her son-in-law Dr Green, so nasty and so nosy? As usual in these stories, there are many other characters participating in the plot. Their other neighbour has two idle sons, with a particularly nasty friend, called Fraser staying with them. A film company is producing a silent movie on the beach and soon Phryne’s hopeless kitchen maid, Lily is starring in the film.

Kelly Greenwood spices her stories with rich description of the clothes worn by Phryne and Dot and the delicious food they eat. She also indulges herself with the pleasure of including aspects of 1920s life which she has researched. On this occasion she describes a party at the house of Madame Sélary, where the local surrealist club act as one might expect or perhaps as you might not expect.

A delightful new addition to Phryne’s household is poor young lad, Tinker. Hero worshipping Miss Fisher, he becomes a gem, assisted by stray dog, Gaston, in carrying out her orders and acting undercover to solve the mysteries in the style of Sexton Blake.

As always, this book is a pleasure to read and great escapism.
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on 5 December 2017
Phryne goes on a relaxing holiday with maid and family, not forgetting the dog.
The idyllic resort chosen isn't so idyllic when murder and mystery come knocking at her door!
Another great Phryne Fisher novel, long may they be written.
Very highly recommended.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Poisoned Pen Press via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review which I am very happy to do.
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on 1 November 2013
Having watched and greatly enjoyed the series shown on the television, I decided to buy the books. I found the book not only easy to read but the story lines made it un-put-down-able. Adding the rest of the series to my library will be a must
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on 17 May 2015
charming, lighthearted fluff, perfect vacation book...the best so far in the series, i think...touches upon issues of poverty and class, but avoids sordidness, and rattles along pleasingly...good stuff!
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on 24 April 2017
loved it
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on 28 June 2017
Another good read, and I love the descriptions of Phryne's outfits etc. One classy and very smart lady!
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on 18 August 2017
Great story
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on 28 August 2017
What a shame my book had pages missing or pages belonging to another bpok.Please can the publishers update this version correctly
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on 3 December 2017
Another lovely Phryne story. Keep them coming. Ms Greenwood.
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on 14 January 2014
It 's a good read they all are - Please remove the ,minimum required words. What else can I say ??????
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