by Katherine Kovacic
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Pub Date 31 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 11 Jan 2023
"A sprightly pace, amusing characters, and vividly rendered Melbourne...Fans of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher will want to check out this one." ―Publishers Weekly
It's 1960 and Peregrine Fisher, Phyrne's long-lost niece, is about to get the news of her life.
Phryne's gone missing in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Only her pearl handled gun and a note arrive back home. She's left instruction that say, that should not turn up in six months' time, a letter must be sent to next of kin.
Peregrine, summons in hand, arrives in Melbourne to Greenwood mansion where she will inherit her aunt's wealth. Phryne's seat in the Adventuresses' Club, on the other hand, must be earned. When two dead bodies turn up at the Astor bridal show, Peregrine gets her chance.
In pure Fisher fashion, she'll defy social expectation with outlandish style, discover a penchant for investigating, all while running circles around the police.
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Average rating from 73 members
It is always the best feeling in the world when you discover that the tv show you have been bingeing also has a book! This was so good and stayed true to the Miss Fisher world! I highly enjoyed it! I hope that this continues to be as prolific a series as the original Miss Fishers are!
The story started off great, a lot of action and a great mystery with many interesting and well written characters. And, it is a story detailed around many important, influential women at a time when women weren't thought to be in this arena, successful, like men. It is about more than one woman being lost and all though one finds her place, well, partly, by the end of the book, still we are left with the mystery of what happened to the main character's aunt, the reason she ends up with her place at this table of influential women. I really loved the book, and promise to read every after as they come out in this new saga, I, now, a life-long fan. And, I read that the series is based on a television show and, like the Monk books, they are just as successful, if not more so, than the show itself. And, while I have not watched this show before I believe I will try it when I get the time, a break from reading (if that ever happens). lol
Ms. Fisher's Modern Mysteries, is what the series is called and the book is based on them. And as I said, had I not read this book, I would never be a fan and something I sorely would have missed out on.
Just murdered is a very satisfying fast-paced mystery. The confident upbeat heroine, Peregrine, has been through a lot of upheaval in her life. In spite of this, she is amiable, loyal, and caring.
All the characters in the story are interesting. The women of The Adventuress Club of the Antipode, Samuel its Honorary member and odd-job man, Detective Steed, and many others, are intriguing and readable, making it easy to connect with them. I was quickly drawn into their world and wanted to get to know them and their stories.
The book is set in Australia during the 1960s and the author has included what I consider an accurate portrayal of how women were treated during that time period. I think it adds to the charm of Peregrine as such a strong female. The mystery is well done and Peregrine leads her investigation in an easy manner which was enjoyable to read.
There is a secondary mystery involving her Aunt which added to the back story and created a nice depth to the plot. I would love to read more of Peregrine's adventures. She is a great heroine.
Thank you Netgalley and Poisoned Pen Press for the ARC. This is my honest review.
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