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Death At Victoria Dock
Phyrne Fisher series #3

by Kerry Greenwood

      Phyrne Fisher is back for a third mystery in this timely reprint of the celebrated Australian series. This time her windscreen is shot out one night and a beautiful young man with an anarchist tattoo dies in her arms. Determined to find out who has wasted such a handsome fellow she takes the case, as well as finding a missing schoolgirl and falling for a Russian wharfie.

I have decided that all writers of tubby tomes ought to be made to read the works of masters like Robert van Gulik, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Kerry Greenwood. In a mere handful of pages she manages to evoke the decadent Twenties, give us some insight into the Communist and anarchist scene in those days, solve two thrilling cases and even slot in some dry Aussie humor. Itís really nothing at all like the tales of Mma Ramotswe and her No 1 Ladies Detective Agency but is likely to appeal to the same readers, in its simple joie de vivre (missing from 99% of modern novels), deftly sketched but evocative descriptions and more than a touch of wide-eyed innocence. I canít recommend this series enough.

The Book

Poisoned Pen Press
August 2006
Historical Crime [1928, Melbourne, Australia]
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2006
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