I am a 67 yo disabled Vet who lives in N. Texas. I was a medic in the Army during the Viet Nam war, got an MS in ecology and just retired.
Great story. Great protagonist. Too much fun. This is a wonderful book and Stephanie Daniel did a terrific narration.
As most of the world I first met Phryne Fisher series via my locat PBS station, here in DC, WETA and WETAUK. The plot lines in her book are organized a bit differently than the TV Series, actually they give you more of the details to Phryne and her life, that you don't get in the 60 mins segment on TV. As a lover of mysteries, I was completely entranced by the book, so much so that I went past my bedtime many nights.. stitching and listening.
The reader Stephanie Daniel's really makes the story really come alive, with her different accents for the Russian's Sasha and Dutchess, and common voice of Dot and others. She made all of it seem so real, and even gave more character to Bert and Cec.
I cannot recommend this series more highly. You will not regret your purchase, I didn't I even have the next to downloaded and ready to go...
What a great read! I stumbled upon this as a TV series on Netflix and I am thrilled to say this is one of those rare instances where both book and TV are fantastic! If you love strong female leads and great mystery start this series!
Sexy, Wild, Smart
Phryne, easily. She's unique - smart, independent, rich but since she's had less she has no problems with those who aren't in her "class"
Very good. She does the voices well and reads and a good pace.
(okay -- this seems redundant -- see above-- though the Russian dancer is memorable as well).
Occasionally it gets a little racy -- just be forewarned.
Found out afterwards this is also an Australian mystery series available on Netflix. The stories have been changed somewhat, as might be expected. I'm enjoying both the show and the books.
Say something about yourself!
I loved the setting and the subtly descriptive way that the author had of fleshing out the world in this novel--Australia in the 1920s, I believe it was. However, the main character does not grow in this book. She comes equipped with every skill she could possibly need to save her life, regardless of the ridiculousness and her young age. The author has Phryne accomplish these random and sometimes quite difficult tasks with no more effort than slipping on a new hat, and tries to make a joke of it by having Phryne mention how it was jolly good luck she'd slept with that gigalo in Paris or rubbed elbows that one time with a race car driver!
In the end, while the story was entertaining, the main character came off as an inconsistently pretentious know-it-all without much thought in her head beyond social interactions, feminism, clothes, and sex. Luckily, the predictable mystery is tailored to her exact experiences, or I don't think I could ever have believed she would solve it.
Unlike the fairly tame Royal Spyness novels, this book could be considered slightly racy, although not especially graphic. The content is a solid PG-13, and does not necessarily contain realistic consequences for anyone's actions. I don't think I would recommend it for men, as the only men in the story are witnesses, criminals, or foreign lovers that are never developed beyond a flat and stereotypical role.
As for the narration, it was somewhat mediocre with the occasional spot on voice for a minor character. Nothing irritating, but also nothing incredible here.
I listened to this on audio narrated by, Stephanie Daniel and was totally swept up in her narration every accent was superb and everyone had their own voice, I am so glad she narrated the rest of this series. Then this morning I heard that Stephanie Daniel passed away last week and was very saddened since I had just discovered her wonderful talent but I will honor her memory by listening to the rest of this series and anything else she has narrated. RIP Miss Daniel thank you for sharing your beautiful voice the world.
The last thing I needed was another series but that is what I got with this book, I really enjoyed the character of Phryne, she’s tough and funny and a sexual being( when you get towards the end you will understand this statement) who was way ahead of her time. This is the best kind of cozy with historical fiction thrown in. This series is set 1920’s and Phryne is bored with being a London socialite and at a party is asked by a gentleman to find out what is going on with his daughter in Australia so off she goes and so begins our adventure into the seedy world of cocaine and murder.
Sometimes a person forgets how long cocaine has been prevalent and how long it has ruined lives, what I found interesting is this wasn’t the downtrodden these were rich people addicted to cocaine and getting it right from their friendly neighborhood pharmacist. Along with this there is a story about abortion too this book and its characters seemed far ahead of their time yet at the same time you could tell the sensibilities were right for the time period.
The mystery was almost secondary to the fun cast of characters, although I did enjoy the mystery; I hope to see more of Dot, Sasha, and Cec & Bert.
I also plan on watching this episode of the TV show soon and see how it compares to the book.
If you are a fan of cozies or the 1920’s give this one a try.
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
My first and first in the series of Phryne Fisher mysteries was a lighthearted romp through 1920s "Mod" Melbourne, Australia. I already have another Kerry Greenwood book in my library, "Unnatural Habits", book 19. It was on sale. I think the quick wit, and fast pace of fashion, drugs, and flapper politics make a nice break from the sometimes rich & heady reads I have like Phil Rickman, Tana French, & Peter Lovesey.
Evidently there was an "ABC" TV series I missed, but the narrator & the author's craftsmanship made up for the visual of a TV series. Besides I have seen Lord Peter Whimsey & Poirot mysteries on "Mystery", I can imagine. Catch one of these sassy stories for yourself.