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 this second light, 1920s-set historical to be published in the U.S. from Australian author Greenwood (Murder in Montparnasse, etc.), iconoclastic feminist sleuth Phyrne Fisher's eclectic household, which includes her Chinese lover, Lin Chung, is expanded by the arrival of her domineering younger sister, the "Hon. Miss Eliza Fisher," apparently banished from England by their stern father. A pleasure trip to a local amusement park turns nasty when a ride on the Ghost Train produces an ancient and mummified corpse, complete with bullet wound. The probe into this long-ago murder becomes more than academic when Phyrne and her friends receive death threats and are the target of several attacks. The trail may intertwine with Chung's quest for the solution to another old mystery the theft of a large amount of gold in 1857. While the coincidences pile up a little high, the appealing characters and witty banter make for an enjoyable caper. (Sept. 28) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"Appealing characters and witty banter make for an enjoyable
caper." -- Publishers Weekly
"The Phryne Fisher mystery series returns with a lighthearted escapade. Independent 1920s' feminist Fisher, complete with Chinese lover and pearl-handled pistol, solves another murder in a rough-and-tumble Australian setting. Fisher's household, especially her stuffy sister newly arrived from London, is bewildered by the accidental discovery of an old corpse at an amusement park. Fisher's investigations result in death threats and a fascinating personal connection with the gold rush of the 1850s. Reader Stephanie Daniel delivers plenty of zest and folly and provides the right combination of perkiness and intelligence for the heroine." -- AudioFile Magazine