The 1920s' most elegant and irrepressible sleuth returns.
Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and, after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has a degree in English and Law from Melbourne University. Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, is an award-winning children's writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. When she is not writing, she works as a locum solicitor for Victorian Legal Aid. Corinna Chapman's Earthly Delights: http://www.earthlydelights.net.au Stephanie Daniel spent several years acting in theatre, television and film in the UK and Europe and dubbing films into English in Munich, Paris and Rome. In Australia she has recorded countless audiobooks. Her television appearances include Mercury and Something in The Air. Films Stephanie has appeared in include The Castle and in the theatre in her acclaimed portrait of Jane Austen.
In one of Greenwood's stronger entries in her acclaimed series set in 1920s Australia (Ruddy Gore, etc.), her elegant, larger-than-life amateur sleuth Phryne Fisher travels on holiday from Melbourne to Sydney, where she confronts a pair of pressing mysteries as soon as she washes off the grime of her train trip. Joss Hart and Clarence Ottery, young gentlemen escorts who are students at the University of Sydney, ask Phryne to exonerate a friend accused of stealing exams from a safe in the dean's office. Then Phryne's maid, Dot Williams, discovers her sister, Joan, has disappeared, leaving two young children in the care of Joan's loutish husband. With typical aplomb, Phryne juggles both puzzles, even as she crosses swords with a sinister cult leader who may have at least some of the answers she seeks. The author artfully blends action, humor and deduction. (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Pure indulgence ... a 1920s heroine for the 90s ... a fast and
elegant read." -- Who Weekly
"Phyrne Fisher has solved quite a few mysteries during her career. Here a holiday trip to Sydney is just what she needs for some R&R. But when her personal maid's sister goes missing and she agrees to defend a young man for theft, she finds herself smack-dab in the midst of black magic, deceit, violence, and murder. Stephanie Daniel proves to be Phyrne's equal. Daniel's narration reveals an intelligent woman, always on par with any male counterpart. The colorful characters, whether professors or men of the underworld, are portrayed impeccably. Clever, witty, and filled with gusto, Greenwood's novel, as delivered by Daniel, is an exciting whodunit." -- AudioFile Magazine