This rather relaxed mystery takes place immediately after the events in Murder on a Midsummer Night. Deciding that her domestic circle is in need of some relaxation after her most recent, rather trying, investigation, Miss Fisher takes her companion and two adopted daughters for a month at the seaside. But when she arrives she finds her borrowed house unlocked and the servants missing. Foul play? Of course! But of what nature? Since the Johnsons seem to have left under their own steam this mystery is not urgent and the tone of the book proceeds in a more leisurely and unhurried way even than Phryne's normally sybaritic routine. Greenwood captures the feel of a long vacation with not much to do, creating a perfect read for one's own long weekend or day at the beach.
With cocktails, naturally.