I read this book about 20-May-2017. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1990. This note was last modified Wednesday, 24-May-2017 23:26:17 PDT.
This is book 2 of the "Phryne Fisher" series.
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She already flies, too. Well enough to spin and recover a Tiger Moth. She's also a wing-walker, and frankly I think she should have eased the pilot into that one; what if he'd had a heart attack?
This one also presents two cases running together. It's a clever approach, takes two novellas and makes a real novel of them for one thing. There's a kidnapping for profit (of the daughter of a lottery winner), and getting the son of a bullying father acquitted of killing him (he actually didn't, she finds who did).
I suspect it's pretty scandalous to have nudes that it's clear you were the model for decorating your house (in Melbourne in, oh, 1928 or thereabouts). But Phryne is quite thoroughly scandalous anyway, beyond just driving her own car and flying airplanes and being a detective.
The airplane gets used to tail a car at night in the country, with Phryne herself roped to the back of the car dropping luminous paint on the road periodically. You can see the appeal (to the detective!) of modern GPS trackers.
Phryne gets on well with children, bizarrely. In this case she gets information from them and uses it in her case effectively.