Murder in DarkWell, this went over like a lead balloon.  While it was nice not to read about a corrupt police department, we were not impressed with our heroine, Phryne (rhymes with “briny”) Fisher.

“Very few people turned Phryne Fisher down. She wasn’t used to it. With her looks, which were those of the cinema star Louise Brooks, her wealth, which was that of Croesus, her elan, which was remarkable, and her appetites, which were reputed to be those of an unusually broadminded nymph, she didn’t hear ‘No’ a lot.”

Joan got a little tired of her perfectly perfect perfectness and others in our group pretty much hated everyone.

We didn’t quite understand what was going on with Dot and the Saints, other than her trying to influence the young girls against Phryne’s horrible influence.  We didn’t really care.

The mystery was intriguing. The era and its vices and class division are presented in an interesting way. We wondered how true to life it really was. We found the separation of the horsemen, the hearties, and the acolytes to be weird. Why invite such a variety of people of you only want to spend time with one group? The riddles were fun, though we had no clue most of the time.

A few of us did think this was a fun read. The antics of the odd are always amusing. We also found it interesting that most of the men were dipsticks/eye candy. And the food and drink descriptions were wonderful.  But most of the group either hated it or didn’t finish it.

Favorite characters: Minty the goat,  Mrs. Truebody, the cook/housekeeper – gotta like a woman who can cook; Nicholas; Phryne, Dot, the cat, Sam.

Least favorite: Gerald and Isabella, Phryne, Sylvanus, the guy who hit the horse, the Joker.


1.5 stars