Top positive review
on 4 August 2017
I would like to thank Netgalley and Poisoned Pen Press for a review copy of Queen of the Flowers, the 14th outing for 1920s Australian society detective the honourable Miss Phryne Fisher.
It is flower festival time in St Kilda and this year, 1928, Phryne is Queen of the Flowers but it is not all plain sailing. There is dissent in the ranks not only among her teenage flower maidens but also her two adopted daughters, Jane and Ruth. Nobody is saying anything and then one of her flower maidens disappears and Ruth asks to see her birth mother.
This is another fun read. Again Ms Greenwood does not shy away from difficult subjects but she keeps it light with Phryne's breezy style. The mystery is satisfying as I couldn't guess exactly where it was going or how it would turn out and as usual it takes a few unexpected turns.
The novel, however, is all about Phryne. She is fabulously wealthy and able to afford the lifestyle to go with it - money is never an object. She is also regarded as eccentric with her hedonistic lifestyle of plenty of drink and sex. She could be quite hateful but she's also kind, egalitarian and determined to punish man's inhumanity to man. Grr, she's just a wonderful character.
The Queen of the Flowers, if you discount the elephants, is maybe not as exotic as some of Phryne's adventures but it's a fun filled few hours which I have no hesitation in recommending as a good read.