Phryne Fisher is bored. Life appears to be too easy, too perfect. Her household is ordered, her love life is pleasant, the weather is fine. And then a man from her past arrives at the door. It is Alan Lee from the carnival. Alan and his friends want her to investigate strange happenings at Farrells Circus, where animals have been poisoned and ropes sabotaged. Mr. Christopher has been found with his throat cut in Mrs. Witherspoon s irreproachable boarding house and Miss Parkes, an ex-performer, is charged with his murder. Phryne must go undercover deeper than ever to solve the circus malaise. She must abandon her name, her title, her protection, her comfort, even her clothes. She must fall off a horse twice a day until she can stay on. She must sleep in a girls tent and dine on mutton stew. And she must find some allies. Meanwhile, in Melbourne, the young and fresh-faced policeman Tommy Harris has to solve his own mysteries with the help of the foul-spoken harridan Lizard Elsie, or Miss Parkes will certainly hang. Can Phyrne uncover the truth without losing her life?”
In this story, we find Phyrne stripped bare of all her privileges of wealth and comfort. Going undercover in a circus, to find out why it is being beset by misfortune and accidents.
Loved the storyline and seeing a more vunerable Phyrne, that you don’t normally see. Still made her endering, and love her more.
These are well crafted and written mysteries, that are well worth reading.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Poisoned Pen Press and downloaded via NetGalley.