Genres: Crime, Historical Fiction
I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely love the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series, as I have expressed before in this review. Miss Fisher is outspoken, fearless, very talented, sharp tongued, feminist, gloriously elegant and very sassy – I love her personality!
Dead Man’s Chest is the story of Miss Fisher, Dot, Ruth and Jane going on vacation at the seashore. They’ve rented a house, but once they get there, the butler and his wife are nowhere to be found and lots of things are missing – there’s no food, some vases and paintings have been moved, doors are unlocked with no sign of forced entry… while trying to enjoy their vacation as best as they can, Miss Fisher will also have to find the missing couple and solve the mystery.
I actually enjoyed this book a lot! This has a huge focus on Ruth taking over the kitchen after having waited for a chance like that during all her training with Mrs. Butler. She is excited and nervous, but Jane is there to help, so is Dot and a boy they hire named Tinker. So most of the novel is, really, all the dishes Ruth creates (plus two recipes of the end of the book! I love when books do that!), seriously, they eat all the time and there is virtually no mystery-solving for half of the book.
While I wish the cooking part had been kept shorter, the mystery itself was very interesting and the last third of the book gets very good! Greenwood writes in a very witty, sassy manner which is fun to read. I have given 3 stars because a lot of things on the book felt that they were added for “whimsical” effect with little reason to be there, and there could have been more mystery in my opinion.
Still, this was a fun and quick read (250 pages), so if you’re on the mood to read something light and fun, this could be a very nice read!