Like other Miss Fisher books it is a most enjoyable read. It is well plotted with clues to the murderer's identity nicely scattered through the book. The descriptions of flying in a Tiger Moth single-engined aircraft are superb. On the negative side the police are hard done by in this book with Phryne not cooperating at all with her friend Detective Inspector Jack Robinson. In fact, as a witness to a murder she deliberately withholds information from him. Then her behaviour at the end when she reveals the culprit is quite disturbing.
I always enjoy reading about Phryne's adventures but this time I also appreciated her Kerry's descriptions of the WW1 battles and the effect it had on the characters. It highlighted that no-one came away from that situation unscathed. And particularly timely in relation to the centenary of the Gallipoli landing. Her description of the bush and isolation of the mountain country was also very effective. Felt like I was there, right next to Phryne. Definitely some hidden treasures in this story.
As good as any of the first five, this story has Jazz, a Tiger Moth and a sultry blues singer. The author is putting real detail into her character in this book building on the foundations in the previous stories.
I am growing in affection for Phrynne. She is unconventional, with a personal moral code more styled for this century than the times in which the story is set. But then again how would we know. Our grandmother and great-grandmothers were likely to be much wilder than the stories passed down. Viva the Jazz Age!
"Fairies" & "Ruddy Gore" followed the time-worn formula of an Agatha Christie Whodunnit, that is, put a group of people in a room & the detective figures out who did it. Tired, shop-worn, unlike the modern Scandinavian thrillers, where the reader never knows what will happen next & so remains on the edge of his/her seat throughout the entire novel.