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)
Great storyline, although it is set in the early part of the century. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Cannot wait to read more in the series of Miss Fisher. Very entertaining and I feel she is a woman before her time.......
What a great listen. The narration was absolutely perfect and without a doubt made the story. The lead character, Phryne is fabulous. She is smart, gorgeous, talented, brave, assured, skilled and yet you still love her. The supporting characters are well developed also. Really enjoyed this book and plan to slowly make my way through the series.
Nonfiction writer by day, fiction lover by night.
This is a heroine who can do anything - anything! And she is never afraid of anything and is always confident she'll come out just fine. Which is to say that she is totally unsympathetic. Fiction is about facing challenges - how is that possible when you never feel challenged by anything? I loved the setting and some of the other characters, but when your main character is so perfect she's boring, it's a big disappointment.
Narration was overall very good, except for the voice of the love interest, which killed any desire I might have had to hear more from him.
rambunctiously soft spoken.
My drug of choice is officially Kerry Greenwood ,I adore this amazing blast from the past.
I want every thing this woman has written ,books ,grocery lists ,reminder notes I don't care, I'm sure no matter the content they will all be witty and cutting in there intelligence's ,I cant get enough I will be starting a support group for all who suffer such as I do.Hats way off to Stephanie Daniel she is superb.
Down the rabbit hole into a ring a fire- the magic of words lifts me higher and higher.
This book was exactly what I needed precisely when I needed it-serious subject but a campy and bullet-proof approach. Total melodrama!
I am new to this series, having picked up #11 at a discount store because I needed ANY book for a long car ride about 6 months earlier. At the time I thought Phryne was too much: too perfect, too calm, too rich, too clever, too modern, too lucky, too too much to be a early 20th century woman in Society; and that I would never be able to tolerate that much orchestrated perfection in a character.
However, having read a very sad and serious book and feeling on the blue side myself I thought about the adventurous detective named for a courtesan and how her exploits with the fairy lady had made me smile. I sought out the first in the series and learned how she came to Australia and became involved with her circle of friends and fiends.
Phryne reminds me of Albert Campion with a bob!
She returns to Australia to inquire about a young lady's health to sooth worried parents. She has shown herself clever, solving the theft of a expensive necklace during a dinner party, and the parents feel that because the two girls are of a similar age and social status that Phryne can befriend their daughter and get at the root of her health issues. They worry that the husband is at fault. Phryne is able to accomplish her mission, as well as prevent a suicide, stop a backstreet abortionist who kills as many mothers as babies, and find an elusive cocaine kingpin. All of this discovery doesn't slow down her social life as her company is requested at dinner parties and she is romanced by a very attractive Russian dancer with motives deeper than Miss Fischer's silky skin.
The narration is part of the whole. I don't believe these books could be as enjoyable for me without the matter-of-fact approach to everything that is so well voiced by Stephanie Daniel. The tone would be the same whether passing the sugar at tea or the revolver to a confederate in church, and makes me almost swallow it whole.
Taken for what they are, clever stories about an enigmatic young lady with a penchant for mysteries and collecting people, you will be most heartily cheered and completely entertained.
I am enjoying this first book of the series. Having been introduced to Miss Fisher by the Australian TV series, I am glad to have found the series.
This is a new series for me. I was reluctant to purchase. I am so happy that I took a chance. I was so enthralled that the story was over before I knew it. I will be purchasing the rest of the series and look forward to many hours of listening pleasure.
I enjoyed the novel overall. Phryne was a little too two-dimensionally goddess-like for me to really sympathise with the character (surely she has SOME flaws?). I do feel, however, as if I would have enjoyed the content of the story much more if I hadn't found the narration so irritating and had been able to focus more on the plot.
In this case I would recommend reading the ebook as a fun, lighthearted mystery novel, but recommend against the audio version! This is a shame because I do love audio books as a medium.
Stephanie Daniel's narration had two major drawbacks for me:
Firstly, she was simply a bad casting choice, as the novel's protagonist and tone are young and vibrant, and her voice made every character and the tone of the novel sound middle-aged.
Secondly, she uses a frustrating
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