By Kerry Greenwood
It’s the Nineteen Twenties in Melbourne and Phryne is requested to enquire the difficult demise of a well-known writer and illustrator of fairy tales. to take action, Phryne takes a role in the women’s journal that hired the sufferer and reveals herself enmeshed in her colleagues’ deceptions.
But whereas Phryne is studying the bits and bobs of journal publishing first hand, her own lifestyles is thrown into chaos. Impatient for her lover Lin Chung’s forthcoming go back from a silk-buying excursion to China, she as a substitute gets an strange summons from Lin Chung’s relatives through a sequence of mysterious attacks and warnings.
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Exactly,’ she said. ‘Ah,’ said Phryne. ‘I wish you every kind of luck,’ she added. ‘Now, perhaps I’d better be getting on? ’ ‘Good. Miss Herbert, who should have recovered from her gaffe by now, will show you all the notes Miss Alston left. Nine hundred to a thousand words, room for illustrations. ’ ‘Mrs McAlpin? The . . er . . elderly lady? ’ ‘Try not to accept the errors of the dominant mythology, Miss Fisher,’ said Mrs Charlesworth tolerantly, showing Phryne out. Phryne drew up a battered kitchen chair and sat down at Miss Herbert’s desk.
We’ve got no one to do the fashion notes. I’m no good,’ she said complacently. ’ ‘Well, yes . . ’ ‘You won’t be dragging me,’ said Phryne, making up her mind suddenly. ‘I’ve never seen how a magazine works. I’d be interested. ’ ‘Well, if you mean it . ’ Miss Grigg sounded warier. ’ ‘See you then,’ said Phryne, setting down her cup. She hefted the box, smiled at both women and left through the Italian garden, scented with basil and tomatoes. ’ Miss Grigg caught up with her. ‘I meant to ask you, since you came in with that cop.
I don’t know. ’ ‘Best I’ve got,’ said Phryne. ‘There seems to be something funny about the matter. She was perfectly healthy one day, apart from headaches, and the next, dead. That’s a suspicious death. The police are required to investigate. ’ ‘Of course,’ murmured Phryne. She waited. Miss Grigg stared at her for a long moment. Phryne returned the stare, bland as cream. 31 FAIRIES TEXT PAGES 15/10/03 3:27 PM Page 32 ‘Work for a women’s magazine,’ said Miss Grigg. ‘Women’s Choice. ’ ‘Yes, I take it,’ said Phryne.