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)
The series is a lot of fun with a throughly modern herorine and her cast of helpers and household members. Stefanie Daniels narration is top notch, if only she didn't try to sing the songs! Start at book one, this one, and read right through to the end! And they are soon to be a TV series on ABC, although I don't think the TV series can do justice to the books - the clothing, scenery, and automobiles should be splendid!
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.
Strong characters in all genres. and narrators who don't ham it up.
This is a great series. The time is well explained, after the great War, before World War II. There is a lot to understand that seems similar but is different. There are the diversions of a different city in a different country in a different time. Her attitude, morals and attitude are uplifting.
Vapid and underwhelming but a fun way to divert yourself for a few hours.
I appreciate that the sex scenes were minor and understated. Though I could have done without Phryne's interest in sleeping with an incestuous set of twins. Ick.
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Definitely one of the best. The narrator nailed the mens and women's voices, accents, tone of the writing, and the pacing and emotions of each scene. Her main character voice resonated wonderfully.
I think of Deanna Raybourn's A Spear of Grass because her heroine Delilah Drummond reminds me greatly of Phryne Fisher plus both are set in the 20's though on different continents (Delilah is in Africa).
Definitely Phryne though I thought she did male voices rather well.
Not really. I loved it, but it built in such a way that I could listen with pleasure, but not with a need to constantly find out what was next.
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.
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