The second Phryne Fisher novel is a rollicking, sexy yarn set against the backdrop of Melbourne in the 1920s. Private Investigator, the glamourous and very sexy Phryne Fisher has been hired to help a young man who has been falsely accused of murder. Phryne is certain of his innocence and is now using her detective skills to prove it. Meanwhile, a child has just been kidnapped for a large ransom and its up to Phryne and her friends to save the day.
It has been a few years since I read the first book in this series, and I have never sat down to watch the television series based on the books, and I was a little surprised by how much of an impression the previous book made on me and how well I remembered the setting--a decadent and very romanticised version of the 1920s, the perfect vehicle for a plucky and glamourous private detective.
Much like the work of P.G. Wodehouse, this is a book that is clever, witty and driven by its loveable characters and depictions of the era. It's a lot of fun--the perfect read for when one wants to get caught up in a splendid story, with no need to analyse the plot.
The perfect escapist read, with a small mystery thrown in there.
This book was read as part of the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015
Category: PI Crime