Death at Victoria Dock was a quick read and a nice bit of escapist fun. Phryne Fisher is beautiful, rich, quick-witted, brave, and irreverent, and lives in 1920's Australia. In this tale, she's drawn into anarchist circles by driving down the wrong road at the wrong time. Shots hit her car, and when she stops she sees two men fleeing the scene, and a wounded young man lying in the road, who bleeds his last into her silk shirt.
Not one to suffer indignities gladly, Fisher sets out to avenge her ruined possessions and the death of a beautiful young man. This leads her to the morgue, a tattoo parlor, dubious pubs and parties, and satisfying bedroom encounters with a mysterious Latvian. Along the way she takes, and solves, the case of a missing schoolgirl. And she tries to convince the police to head off a deadly bank robbery being planned by some anarchists who have obtained a machine gun.
Greenwood populates Fisher's world with nicely assorted characters, and keeps the plot(s) moving nicely.
This was the first Phryne Fisher book I've read. The book jacket flap says that there are lots more books in the series, and I'm off to the public library in search of them.
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