cover image Murder on a Midsummer Night: A Phyrne Fisher Mystery

Murder on a Midsummer Night: A Phyrne Fisher Mystery

Kerry Greenwood, . . Poisoned Pen, $24.95 (257pp) ISBN 978-1-59058-632-7

Everyone calls the drowning of young Melbourne antiques dealer Augustine Manifold a suicide—except for his distraught mother and Phyrne Fisher, the heroine of Greenwood's long-running series set in 1920s Australia (Murder in the Dark , etc.). Brainy, beautiful, blue-blooded and rich to boot, the enviably stylish PI somehow manages to juggle the demands of two adopted daughters, an exotic lover and a full social calendar with multiple cases, including a hunt for the illegitimate heir to a fortune—all while rarely missing a morsel of her cook's inspired creations. Greenwood keeps the action moving as swiftly as milady's Hispano-Suiza, save for the initially confusing flashbacks at the end of many chapters that eventually become pieces in the solution of the Manifold puzzle. But there's no quibbling with the author's ability to create a sybaritic piece of period escapism. As Phryne's mates would say approvingly: Bonzer! (July)