Phryne Fisher has plans for her Sydney sojourn, but they begin to go awry when Phryne's maid discovers that her respectable sister Joan has left her family for the murky nightlife on the Cross...and then postponed again because Phyrne is definitely not the woman to say 'no' when two delightful young men are on their knees, begging for her help in finding their friend innocent of theft.
It all sounds simple enough as Phryne sets investigations into motion. But when greed and fear are the motivating factors, people become ruthless and Phyrne quickly finds herself enmeshed in blackmail, secrets, lies and the dangerous influences of deep magic.
©2008 Kerry Greenwood; (P)2008 Bolinda
Loved the scene in the well with the Professor. But don't want to give too much away. Phryne has such a way of making the best of a situation.
One of my favourite books in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed Phryne's adventures in Sydney at the University and the characters that were introduced to us.
I adore all of Phryne's adventures. Kerry Greenwood is an excellent author and Stephanie Daniel's voice superb - in Death Before Wicket Kerry, Stephanie and Phryne manage to do what I thought in the impossible: make the game of Cricket interesting.
Don't be put off by previous reviewer's comments of Stephanie Daniel having an allegedly poncy accent - she perfectly captures Australian accents of the period. If in doubt, I refer the listener to the australian characters in "The King's Speech" movie.
Give the books a go and you'll be well rewarded.
A light amusing adventure mystery, well researched background both era and subject. Characterization is nicely done and the Reader is a pleasure to listen to. Phryne (and Dot) are a delight to meet.
The deduction was brilliant and Phryne's knowledge of so many powerful avenues of persuation.
Death by Water, because of the similar cast, and Phryne's impulsive sexual behaviour.
the interpretaion of so many styles of voice/person.
Phryne seems very liberal with her manner for the circa.
rambunctiously soft spoken.
I really enjoyed this one it had a different flavor some how it wasn't something I could put my finger on ,maybe it was because this particular tale is set in Sydney instead of Melbourne .We find our beautiful flapper helping out two chums and a missing Egyptian artifact ,a tad far fetched but that didn't bother me ,Ancient Egyptian curses and the gentleman's game of cricket some how are seamlessly merged into a fantastic story.
Only Kerry could pull that off.
I do love and would definitely recommend the Phryne Fisher series and have read almost all of them but if you are planning to add this one to your collection - give it a miss.
The narrative is typical of the series but in this case the conclusion of the mystery was implausible and unsatisfactory and the side or B story annoyed me personally but I won't spoil the ending if you are going to make the mistake of reading.
I'm not sure I would recommend this book for a simple reason that I am a prude and although I'm understanding of Phryne's 'habits' with the opposite sex, I was uncomfortable with the level used in this installment of the series.
I've listened to all of the series to this point and Ms. Daniel's never, ever fails to bring the book to life and her command of the various characters (and their voices) were up to her usual grand standards.
I adore Phryne and her adventures but this one seemed padded to me. Too much bantering with quotes from famous authors instead of what I have come to expect as excellent dialogue. Also Phryne seemed to get out of the well with a minimum of effort. Lifting a heavy well cover and throwing a watcher down the well in the same movements was way too out there for me and the quality of story I have come to expect. As always the narrator was fantastic.
"GREAT PERIOD FUN THRILLER"
This is a fantastic funny thriller and i really enjoyed the characters and plot.
The narrator is fabulous and the pace is great.well worth a listen.
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