In this, the second Phryne Fisher mystery, the 1920s' most talented and glamorous detective flies even higher, handling a murder, a kidnapping and the usual array of beautiful young men with style and consummate ease - and all before it's time to adjourn to the Queenscliff Hotel for breakfast. Whether she's flying planes, clearing a friend of homicide charges or saving a child from kidnapping, she handles everything with the same dash and elan with which she drives her red Hispano-Suiza.
Solve another case with Phryne Fisher.
©2007 Kerry Greenwood; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing
Phryne Fisher is a very "modern" girl (the servants call her a vamp), which is fitting along with all of the other things she takes on that were formerly exclusive provinces of men. These books illustrate how the world changed immeasurably for women as a result of the Great War, but largely in a lighthearted way. The Australian setting is different, too. I did enjoy this one much more than the first of the series (Cocaine Blues). I couldn't like Phryne Fisher in the first book -- I think she was too abrasive and I didn't really care about her. But in this book, Phryne has become a likable character and a bit of a heroine. The period flavor is substantial and the story is fun and moves quickly. I plan to read more of the series.
amusing writer, who captures spirit of 20s and is scrupulous about historical research. Excellent narrator. Don't miss last five minutes of audiobook, which contain interview between narrator and Kerry Greenwood.
I don't tend to read a lot of series, definitely not a lot of mysteries, but I've always held that it is more about the characters and the setting that make a mystery series enjoyable. I adore Phryne Fisher, I can't help it. She is a worldly woman for the 1920s, unapologetically single and sexual with bobbed hair and wealth to spare. I had enjoyed the first book, Cocaine Blues, and was looking forward to reading more.
I will not read any more of these in print, because the audio version made it so much more enjoyable! Stephanie Daniel does an amazing job with the voices and the accents, and I was absorbed into the story. I actually didn't care about the mystery, not sure if that's good or bad, but just enjoyed the ride.
Stephanie Daniel does a brief interview with Kerry Greenwood at the end of the audiobook, and it highlighted some of the research that went into the story.
Plenty of humor, great characters, A bit of history, and a good mystery.
My only complaint is that I wish Phyne was a little less free with her "favors."
She is a gutsy lady with a big heart and a sense of humor. The narrator is good and the stories are clever. I will read them all with gusto!
A great lead character who s a sexy independent smart brave woman, lots of 1030s detail. A good beach book with an excellent narrator.
Having never read the print version, I can't say if I would like it better. I can usually "hear" things in my head as I read the print versions, but having a native speaker read something like this makes it even more fun. I NEVER would have guessed how they pronounce Phryne.
This is full of high spirited adventure. I have always wanted to learn to fly, and back then it was so "by the seat of your pants." The machines were simpler, the hazards were natural, and the other traffic was nominal. It had a more human scale and so was fun. I also love the fact that Phryne can fix EVERYTHING, including the situations her friends get into!
Well, Phryne, of course! But, they were all well played, she didn't lose track of them either.
Yes, I ended up with it on my iPod in my pocket as I went through the day so I wouldn't miss a moment, but could get on with errands and such. Everyone thinks I'm listening to music.
So much fun and so easy to listen to - provided you can suspense disbelief about how fabulous Phryne is. Narration is perfect.
The Phryne Mysteries have a broad range of murderer solutions in adventurous manner of solving. Include beautiful love with new lovers, adventures for her Assistant and staff - all in all a total mystery package.
The lesson here is to be nice to children and don't be condesending to others. You will know that Phryne hit you - and why.
I watched a Ms. Fisher program on PBS and thoroughly enjoyed it. I then downloaded this book and the narrator completely turned me off. So much so that I could not get past the first five minutes.
Ms. Greenwood's books are very entertaining and enjoyable, but they needs and deserve a better narrator.
"More Phyrne please"
She is fun, fearless, frivolous and utterly fabulous. This series is excellent light entertainment - the cosy mystery at it's best. The decadent 1920's really comes to life in this series, and although we know that it ends on a much poorer note for so many, somehow it does not seem likely that that the canny Phyrne Fisher will be one of them. I want to know for sure though. Can we have the whole series here, please?
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