My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.
This is my first book I have read of the Phryne Fisher series.
The plot is about a murder investigation of a choral conductor who is found dead in strange circumstances. Miss Fisher’s friend, Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, asks for her assistance in order to dove this mystery. In the meantime, Miss Fisher meets her former lover from the Great War, John Wilson.
I liked the style of writing of the author since she describes the daily life of the main characters entwined into the main plot, even if some readers have complained about the long paragraphs ( I am used to this kind of style since I am a big fan of Marcel Proust’s books). However, in my humble opinion, the emphasis on the sexual orientation was overestimated in the mystery story itself.
The description of the nineteen twenties Melbourne is splendid which makes me more excited in order to visit this beautiful city pretty soon.
Since Murder and Mendelssohn is the 20th Phryne Fisher mystery, I wonder if it would be better to start with the 1st book of this series, Cocaine Blues in order to better understand the way the series characters grow and develop.
I didn’t know that there were already two TV series which have been made based on the novels by Kerry Greenwood: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries 1 (2012) and coming up soon Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries 2 (2014).