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The nice men at P+O are worried. A succession of jewellery thefts from first class passengers is hardly the best advertisement for their cruise liners, particularly when it is likely that a passenger is doing the stealing.

Phryne Fisher, with her Lulu bob, green eyes, Cupid’s bow lips and Chanel travelling suits, is exactly the sort of elegant sleuth to take on a ring of jewellery thieves aboard the high seas – or at least, aboard the SS Hinemoa on a luxury cruise to New Zealand. With the Maharani – the Great Queen of Sapphires – as the bait, Phryne rises magnificently to the challenge.

There are shipboard romances, champagne cocktails, erotic photographers, jealous husbands, mickey finns, blackmail and attempted murder, all before the thieves find out – as have countless love-smitten men before them – that where the glamorous and intelligent Phryne is involved, resistance is futile.

Reviews

Greenwood's strength lies in her ability to create characters that are wholly satisfying: the bad guys are bad, and the good guys are great
Vogue
Miss Fisher is a remarkable and engaging creature who can solve whodunits as easily as if she were the naughty niece of Miss Marple
Sydney Morning Herald
Elegant, fabulously wealthy and sharp as a tack, Phryne sleuths with customary panache ... [she is] irresistibly charming
The Age
Fisher, a feisty sophisticate of the 1920s whose honour lies with the greater good. She's all class and intelligence: a seductive creature with a great wardrobe
Australian Style
Greenwood's prose has a dagger in its garter; her hero is raunchy and promiscuous in the best sense
Weekend Australian
Phryne Fisher is gutsy and adventurous, and endowed with plenty of grey matter
West Australian
Phryne Fisher is young, wealthy, beautiful, smart, confident and independently minded, and she has a knack for solving murders when she is not sipping a strengthening cocktail or planning another seduction
The Australian's Review of Books