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Book Review: Away With the Fairies by Kerry Greenwood - Reviewed by CloggieA (07 Jan 2013)
Away With The Fairies is the eleventh novel in the popular Phryne Fisher series by Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. Fresh from solving crimes in Sydney, Phryne is asked by DI Jack Robinson to help out in the investigation of the death of artist and author of fairy tales, Marcelle Lavender. When the autopsy indicates murder by poisoning, Phryne finds herself with three sets of suspects: the residents of the apartment block to which Miss Lavender’s Garden Apartment was attached; Miss Lavender’s colleagues at “Women’s Choice”, the magazine to which she contributed; and the writers of letters to the magazine’s agony aunt, Artemis, a role also filled by Miss Lavender; as an added wrinkle, some possible suspects belong to two or three categories. Attempts on her life by Chinese thugs, and the likelihood that her lover Lin Chung has been kidnapped in the South China Seas distracts Phyrne’s attention from the case. Luckily, Dot is willing to try her hand interviewing suspects, and Cec and Bert find a sailor who can help Phryne track down Lin’s location. Greenwood has created another fast-moving murder mystery with plenty of side-tracks to keep the reader guessing. She touches on women’s rights in the early 20th century, has Phryne making comment on women’s magazines, and includes a wealth of information about piracy, photography, plant diseases, phantom ships, import and export, the smuggling of antiquities and the properties of cyanide. As well as kidnapping, there is mixed marriage, secrets and blackmail, fashion, gardening and of course, fairies. Dot’s unfailing support for her boss is truly touching. This is another delightful dip into the 1920’s world of Phryne Fisher.
Kerry Greenwood has written nine novels in the Phryne Fisher series, the most recent being Death Before Wicket. She is also the author of The Childstone, Cycle, Cassandra and (with Jenny Pausacker) Recipes For Crime. The Things She Loves a collection of essays about women who kill, edited by Kerry, was published by Allen + Unwin in 1996.
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