Surrounded by secrets great and small the formidable Miss Phryne Fisher returns to vanquish injustice. When a mysterious invitation arrives for Miss Phryne Fisher from an unknown Captain Herbert Spencer Phryne's curiosity is excited. Spencer runs a retreat in Victoria's spa country for shell-shocked soldiers of the First World War. It's a cause after Phryne's own heart but what could Spencer want from her? Phryne and the faithful Dot view their spa sojourn as a short holiday but are quickly thrown in the midst of disturbing Highland gatherings disappearing women murder and the mystery of the Temperance Hotel. Meanwhile Cec Bert and Tinker find a young woman floating face down in the harbour dead. Tinker and Phryne's resilient adopted daughters Jane and Ruth decide to solve what appears to be a heinous crime. Disappearances murder bombs booby-traps and strange goings-on land Miss Phryne Fisher right in the middle of her most exciting adventure.
- Kerry Greenwood
- Allen & Unwin