Published by Allen & Unwin on October 1st 2012
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
1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous. Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self preservation, decides to investigate - and promptly goes missing herself.It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's all piracy and dark cellars, convents and plots, murder and mystery .... and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.
In an Oyster Shell – An enthralling multi-layered mystery that keeps you engaged.
The Pearls – I love Phryne Fisher as a character. She is flamboyant. She is way ahead of her time but she makes it work. Phryne is a force to be reckoned with. She has lots of resources that she is not afraid to use to get to the bottom of the mystery she is exploring. It’s really fun. I first heard of this series from the tv series. I am sad that it ended and so now I get to continue it with the books.
There were a plethora of characters that made this story fun to read. Phryne was a stand-up character. There was Dot who was my favorite in the tv series and I liked her even more in the books. There was the detective, who was a great supporting character. Not the same as the tv series but it worked all the same.
The setting of Australia was nice. I saw a post on Facebook about stating what setting you were in the current book. I was glad it was someplace that was exotic to me. I like that books can take you away and this book definitely does that.
The Sand – It was a good book. A little on the lengthy side.