Unforgettable characters and a fascinating 1920s setting.
It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.
©2006 Kerry Greenwood (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
“A delicious bon-bon of a book that will have readers eagerly looking forward to the sequel." (The Weekend Australian)
"A scintillating start to the series." (The Advertiser)
This series is based in Australia, yet reader doesn't try in the least to bring any accent into her reading. Really takes a great deal from story.
Oh Missy just too quickly does she do her tricks and too easily does she get out of trouble. Drug sellers are just not quite that stupid no matter where you are .
I only listened to part of this book and was stressed the whole time.
Couldn't get past the reader's nasally voice and her bad accent. I think with another person doing the performance I would have loved it.
I ended up returning it. Too bad. Nice try Audible and thanks for the flexible return policy. I will continue to order other books and I love your service!
I almost couldn't finish this book because the narrator made me crazy. I felt like I could hear her swallowing every other minute. Surely an audible book narrator can find a way to combat this problem. Perhaps the producers can edit that horrible sound out? It is so distracting!
I liked the story, although part of the ending was distasteful to me. The characters are interesting. The narrator is good when she goes into a character voice, but her voice is very flat during the rest of the narration.
Probably not-- very light weight though entertaining in parts
This is part of a series but I gather they don't follow this subject--just Phrynne the main character.
It is a good book to listen to when your mind doesn't want to be burdened. The heroine's sexual dalliances are gratuitous but obviously part of her persona. I thought at times I stumbled into a seamy romance novel.
Probably a fine book but not to my taste. The characters are too extreme, which may be an authentic representation of that time in history in an upper class social setting, but I just couldn't get into it. I should have known, as I didn't like the TV show either, although it, like this book, was well done.
I have developed the habit of going to bed almost as soon as I get home on Friday nights and just sitting in bed listening until I fall asleep. A cute, fast-moving story with a couple of entertaining characters filled the bill last night. Like classic detective and spy stories, the plot is full of unlikely coincidences and stagy witty exchanges. Race cars appear from nowhere. Not serious literature by any means. Yet, sprinkled here and there is some pretty gritty feminism.
The loving descriptions of the heroine's outrageously stylish clothing will appeal more to women than men, I think.
I found it somewhere in between Agatha Christie and Janet Evanovich style of writing. Easy to listen, catchy story line, witty, slightly unrealistic but nevertheless interesting. going to order more books in this series.
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