Urn Burial

Urn Burial by Kerry Greenwood. After reading the first three installments in this series, I haven’t come back to it until now as this series is perfect for summer travel reading. The books are somewhat short (I started this one’s 187 pages at the airport and finished by the time the plane landed) and light-hearted. Phryne Fisher moves through the upper crust of Australian society in the 1920s, seducing young men for her own pleasure and solving the inevitable mysteries that fall into her path. This episode finds Phryne and her maid Dot stranded due to a flood at a rural house party where the host is receiving threatening letters and all of the guests have secrets to hide, which complicates a relatively simple crime. Greenwood’s fervent liberal and feminist viewpoints again come through quite clearly, though none of the many supporting female characters stood out as in previous books.

Set in the same time period as the Carola Dunn’s Daisy Dalrymple series, these books aren’t quite as crisp as Dunn’s and lack a strong male persona such as Daisy’s husband, Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher. Further, I don’t think that Greenwood takes advantage of the unique Australian setting. The house party could just as easily taken place anywhere in rural England.

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