Have you ever fallen in love with a tv series and then found out it was based on a book? That's what happened to me with the Australian series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. As soon as I started watching it on Netflix, I was obsessed. Then one day I noticed that at the end of the show it said based on the books by Kerry Greenwood or something like that. I did what any respecting book worm would do and research all the normal book wormy site until I found all the works that make the Phryne Fisher Mysteries, which are a lot.
I was excited to see that she was still publishing new books in the series and one of her most recent works is Dead Man's Chest (#18 in the series). In this story, Phryne, her maid Dot, and adoptive daughters (Jane and Ruth) go on vacation. When they get to their rental home they discover the butler and his wife are not there, and it seems there might have been a robbery too. The next day the butler's dog shows up at their doorstep, which makes Phryne wonder if there is anything else at play here. As always, Phryne decides to investigates and is met with a whole new cast of characters, cops that aren't that helpful, and a pretty interesting mystery.
If you have never read any of the Phryne Fisher Mysteries, you don't have to worry about starting at #18. It's one of those series where you can pick up wherever and still enjoy it. All her books are fun, interesting, and pretty fast paced. I particularly love how strong and empowering the character of Phryne is. I think these books do a great job of portraying the ambience of the era (the flapper era) while still discussing current topics, and providing a fun mystery.
This is one of my favorite characters of all time and if you don't know Phryne you should get to know her.
I was provided a copy fo this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.