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Christmas may be the season to be jolly, but there's a noticeable absence of good will at Frederick's Department Store, where behind the very professional smiles lurk thoughts of murder. As Verity Birdwood recounts in this witty collection of her most intriguing cases, the Australian sleuth discovers that tidings of joy can be overshadowed by Death's dark hand. Author Jennifer Rowe is called the Agatha Christie of Australia.
Posted November 8, 2001
I can¿t say the detective come journalist, Verity Birdwood, who is Rowe¿s leading character and crime solver appealed to me. I believe there are several novels featuring Birdie and I might give one a try, short stories are fine when you are unable to read a book but this anthology did not work for me. The crimes are all murders and Birdie solves them with logic, assisted by, to my mind, a stupid and too helpful police officer. I don¿t believe any self respecting detective would allow this modern day Australian Miss Marple anywhere near his cases.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.