Published by Poisoned Pen Press on November 9th 2010
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Dot unfolded the note. "He says that his married couple will look after the divine Miss Fisher...I'll leave out a bit...their name is Johnson and they seem very reliable." Phryne got the door open at last. She stepped into the hall. "I think he was mistaken about that," she commented.
Traveling at high speed in her beloved Hispano-Suiza accompanied by her maid and trusted companion Dot, her two adoptive daughters Jane and Ruth, and their dog Molly, The Hon. Miss Phryne Fisher is off to Queenscliff. She'd promised everyone a nice holiday by the sea with absolutely no murders, but when they arrive at their rented accommodation that doesn't seem likely at all.
An empty house, a gang of teenage louts, a fisherboy saved, and the mystery of a missing butler and his wife seem to lead inexorably toward a hunt for buried treasure by the sea. But what information might the curious Surrealists be able to contribute? Phryne knows to what depths people will sink for greed, but with a glass of champagne in one hand and a pearl-handled Beretta in the other, no one is getting past her.
Phryne Fisher is on her way to vacation by the sea. Borrowing a house from an acquaintance she is surprised to find the housekeepers are missing along with all the kitchen supplies. Hoping she can keep her promise to her crew that she won’t investigate any murders she hopes to find the housekeepers alive. She works with her household to run things smoothly. She acquires a young boy to help her as well. The more she investigates the more she finds out about the quaint seaside town that will explain the disappearance.
In an Oyster Shell – A fun mystery that was a little bit different than the other Phryne Fishers.
The Pearls – I loved the setting of a small seaside town in Australia. The town held mysteries and eccentric characters. Different events happened that added dynamics to the story.
The characters were fun and well-developed as you will always find in a Fisher’s mystery. Dot is my favorite character. Phryne is fun and set apart for a woman in that time. Her brood is growing and adds depth to the series that I hope to continue on with.
The mystery was interesting and there was no murder this time much of Phryne’s promise to her household. It made a nice change of pace.
The Sand – It was a good book.