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Unnatural Habits

Unnatural Habits 2

Phryne Fisher

by Kerry Greenwood
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/10/2012
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The decidedly raven-haired Miss Phryne Fisher returns to delve deep into the dark cellars of Melbourne.

1929: pretty little golden-haired girls are going missing in Melbourne. But they're not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalen Laundry. People are getting nervous.

Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self preservation, decides to investigate--and promptly goes missing herself.

It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's a tale of convents and plots, piracy, murder and mystery . . . and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.

'Elegant, fabulously wealthy and sharp as a tack, Phryne sleuths her way through these classical detective stories with customary panache.' The Age
ISBN:
9781742372433
9781742372433
Category:
Crime & Mystery
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-10-2012
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
348
Dimensions (mm):
195x130x25mm
Weight:
0.3kg
Kerry Greenwood

Kerry Greenwood is the creator of the bestselling, beloved contemporary crime series featuring the talented Corinna Chapman, baker and sleuth extraordinaire. There are currently six previous novels in this series with The Spotted Dog as Corinna's most recent adventure.

Kerry's much-loved 1920s crime series, featuring the marvellous Miss Phryne Fisher in twenty novels, has been developed for television and screened on ABC TV in Australia. The series is sold in print in the UK and US as is the television series.

Kerry Greenwood is also the acclaimed author of several books for young adults, the Delphic Women series and is the editor of two collections. She has been longlisted, shortlisted and is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto, Davitt and the Ned Kelly awards. Kerry is also the recipient of the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award, 2003 and the Sisters in Crime Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013.

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  • excellent novel

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    Unnatural Habits is the nineteenth book in the popular Phryne Fisher series by Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. A chance encounter with a young female reporter for The Daily Truth in a laneway leads Phryne Fisher to investigate the disappearance of three pregnant girls and said reporter. Margaret Kettle, better known as Polly, is determined to make her name as a serious journalist and steals a colleague’s story on White Slavery. But her enquiries into the fate of three very pregnant teenagers last seen at a pious widow’s nursing home mark the last sighting of the enthusiastic if somewhat careless reporter.

    Her questions in a variety of places have ruffled some feathers, but whose? Someone associated with the Convent of the Good Shepherd and their workhouse-like Magdalen Laundry business? The owners of local brothels or exclusive Gentlemen’s Clubs? Or does her disgruntled colleague have a hand in her disappearance? What does the employment agency, Jobs For All, have to do with it? And just who is going around performing involuntary vasectomies on deserving males?

    In this instalment, Phryne makes full use of her daughters (on vacation from school), of Dot, of her new employee, Tink and of her taxi drivers, Bert and Cec. Her minions (as she repeatedly refers to them in this instalment) are put to work on a secret code and other researches as well as taking active parts in the interrogation of witnesses. Phryne adopts an assortment of disguises: a blonde actress, a pregnant girl and a nun, as required by the different strands of the investigation. As well as white slavery, eugenics, virginity tests, kidnapping, slave labour and a female-run fruit-growing collective all feature. With this excellent novel, Greenwood once again proves herself a mistress of historical crime fiction.

  • A Great Read

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    Typical Phryne mystery. Funny , full of action, with plenty of associated political comment.A great addition to all the other Phryne Fisher mysteries, with none of the extraneous stuff that was in the T.V. series.