I'm a student, so I don't have nearly as much time for leisure reading as I'd like. If I manage to read an entire course book instead of just the assigned chapters, I'll review that here, too.
Disturbing in-character (not condoned by Phryne) 1920s racism and persistent exoticization of Lin Chung. I can't decide if there being positively portrayed POC characters makes up for it or not, yet, and I do rather want to like these books so I'm inclined to take a positive view. Predictable in a couple of instances, and suffering from some truly terrible sexual symbology, but still an easy and compelling read, taking full advantage of the manor mystery setting in introducing varied characters and secrets that complicate the solution. Dot is adorable, Phryne continues cheerfully polyamorous, Li Pen is better than you, and bisexual men exist.