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)
Phryne Fisher is the female version of a pompous ass. I so disliked the lead character that it spoiled what could have been a quite enjoyable story. The plot was a bit questionable. How did she magically drop into just the right places and meet just the right people to further her investigation? But beyond that I just did not find her supposedly free spirited and bold personality at all appealing. She's too much like one of those popular and nasty high school girls who rule the social roost and pass judgement on the peasants around her. I won't be buying the next one in the series.
love the TV series imported from Australia and when I saw this book listed audible just knew I had to have it. little different from the TV series but still enjoyable. love the characters of Phryne and Dot!!
it was good but didnt hit a home run for me I was about to quit but then finished listining until the end. Over well i enjoyed it but would have wanted to pay full price for it...
The narrator is an excellent voice actor which makes it easy to distinguish the characters, but there are definitely some moments where her voice distractingly moist and/or she pauses for an extended length.
The story is such fun. Phryne is smart, fashionable, confident, funny, and compassionate. That she's totally comfortable with who she is and where she's from is fantastic.
Lover of books!
I love Miss Fisher! Her independence, her Bohemian ways and fun attitude toward her rags to riches life. She's fair and fun, with loads of humor and intelligence. Well done narration, very enjoyable!
this story was entertaining, but not funny, sad, heartbreaking, nor was it a thriller nor mysterious. it mostly kept me interested, but probably because I needed something mindless.
the narrator was quite good; characters not at all fully developed. I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.
Enchanting entertaining detective
As a fan of the tv series I found myself comparing this first book in the series to the first episode of the tv series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on PBS in the U.S. there are actually 2 mysteries to be solved in this book, the first being who is "the king of snow"? Second can butcher George, a back ally abortionist be caught?
After this book, I listened to the second in the series. Though some of the dialogue was cliche, especially the character of Sasha the Russian dancer/ lover, I really enjoyed it.
Introducing Phryne Fisher
I'm a huge fan of the tv series that is based on the books. I found myself comparing the book and the show in my head and imagine the actors from the show as it was being read. I liked it and it was a great introduction to a fantastic character and the world of 1920's Melborne, Australia. I'm interested in reading more, mostly to see what changes were made to the plot (nothing major, except the book changes Dot's last name with no real explanation). When they first meet its Dorothy Bryant, but later she's introduced as Dorothy Williams. I had to go back into the text to see if I wasn't hearing things wrong. I had downloaded the book onto my Kindle first then added the audio book after I started reading so I could listen on a driving trip.
A breezy, fresh story main character is a great gal with lots of suprises. Easy to listen too as I do most of my listening while driving this is fun and a doesn't distract you from traffic.
Not sure I as I read this one several weeks ago and just finished the second book in the series.
Phyrene Fisher....a no non-sense girl with lots of spunk - especially if we could have dinner in a 20's speakeasy....fun, fun!
This is definitely a 1920's 'Stephanie Plum' type of gal!
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