Kerry Greenwood and Hon. Phryne do what they do so very well. Queen of the Flowers, originally published in 2004, and now, re-released by Poisoned Pen Press in a new edition, is the 14th book in the series.
The series is wonderfully full of a sense of place and fully realized characters. The descriptions are spot on. It's always a joy to read a new installment of Phryne and family's adventures. This book is perhaps slightly grittier and more realistic than previous books in the series. The subject matter is tawdry and sad (human trafficking and abuse, among other things). I liked very much that this book includes more back story for Phryne's daughter Ruth; I've always felt Ruth was more of a foil for Jane's more assertive/analytical personality, so it's nice to see and understand a little more of Ruth and her motivations.
Just a delightful read. Perhaps slightly darker than the average cozy mystery, but Ms. Greenwood can certainly write masterfully and entertainingly. Well worth a read.
Title: Queen of the Flowers
Author: Kerry Greenwood
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
256 pages, Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback and other formats
Original pub. date: 2004, re-released in new edition Nov. 7, 2017
Five stars, I <3 Phryne
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.