©2006 Kerry Greenwood; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"Brimming with glamour, high life, and a hint of debauchery, Greenwood's series delivers a literary glass of champagne, lifting readers' spirits while tickling their fancies." (Booklist US)
I think this is the strongest of the Fisher mysteries. Masterful narration once again by Stephanie Daniel. I have downloaded all of the titles available in this series and I highly recommend. Fun period mysteries that are well-paced, easy to listen to, and not too fluffy. A solid notch above typical chick-lit romances.
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
In this her 16th adventure, Phryne attends the party named above. All 15 of the previous Phryne Fisher books take place earlier in 1928, and the Party is being held for six days from Dec. 26th to New Year's Day 1929. Most of the action takes place at the party with hundreds of guest staying in the Manor House or in fancy tents on the grounds. The Party serves to show the absolute excesses of the rich immediately before the Crash of 1929.
Phryne's attendance is partially for fun, but primarily to investigate death threats against the party's host, who with his twin sister inherited a fabulous fortune and they have for years been going about spending it. Over the years they have gathered a group of followers from around the globe. Now they are throwing an extravaganza with incredible food, live jazz and other music, a polo match, and a number of opportunities to engage in tantric sex and other behaviors that many in that day might deem degenerate or perverted. All with great panache, of course!
Phryne attends the party and solves the mystery of the threats in her usual light -hearted manner, displaying supreme confidence and style. Meanwhile, at her house on Christmas Day, we meet Phryne' s sister, Eliza, and Eliza's lover Lady Alice, and Jane and Ruthie have their first wonderful Christmas ever. All great fun.
As usual, Stephanie Daniel's performance was excellent.
I read this book out of order. Ordinarily I try to read books in a series in chronological order in order to keep evolving characters and relationships straight. But I bought this one on sale and just dived in. Even without the continuity, I enjoyed it a great deal. It might not, however, be the best one of the Phryne Fisher books for a newcomer to read first.
The author always delivers a good story and Phryne Fisher is an amusing and strong character; but I could do without the occasional too-much-information sex scene that annoyingly interrupts a good plot.
The narrator - Stephanie Daniel - is very good at conveying the different characters with nimble changes of accent or tone of voice; but I really wish she would not sing when song lyrics are quoted: this is not where her talent lies!
I wouldn't. I think it was very well-written, but it certainly wasn't a mystery. It is SO character-driven. The whole plot revolves around developing the main character, who I found irritating. It moved well, and there were moments of excitement. But not suspense and certainly not mystery.
I liked the period setting.
It's such a petty thing, but there was a lot of singing done by the (excellent) narrator. But the singing was atrocious, and often. It began to drive me out of my mind early in the narrative, and I found myself lurching up to turn the volume down, for fear that the neighbors could hear it. Maybe a small thing, but it really was a crazy-making deterrent in my mind.
Fun, sexy, intriguing
Phryne - who wouldn't want to be her?
NOT try to sing!!!! Whenever the book referenced songs of the time, the narrator felt the need to sing them. She is great as a narrator, but she is NOT a singer. Her attempt to perform Jazz with a New Orleans drawl was especially painful to listen to. If I could fast forward through those spots I would have.
Audible started me reading fiction again. What a treat to have professional actors narrating a book I may not have had the time to "read".
Not my cup of tea! My first and last Kerry Greenwood novel. To sum it it up, "Much ado about nothing".
I wouldn't listen again as I found the pace of the narration and the character accents not to my taste. I'm very familiar with the book and enjoy the tv series too so I found a disconnect between those and this reader.
More variety in the pace and if someone is going to sing lyrics I'd prefer them to be more polished. I realise from other reviews that this is a popular reader so I'm in the minority but I will stick to reading the books I think as I have to work quite hard to prevent the reader spoiling my enjoyment of the story.
Do you know that game about who you would most like to have dinner with? Well, Phrynnie Fisher is definitely on my list. Clever, witty and urbane, her avant garde outlook is a refreshing as it is progressive. Not only that but Greenwood makes her seems fabulously sexy!
rambunctiously soft spoken.
Maybe its me but this particular tale of Miss Fisher saying goodbye to the thirties by way of a very extravagant party left me felling a little well board, believe me it kills me to say this,there wasn't a whole lot action in this tale and it was all just a bit bah .Lots of parlor games painfully explained and god help me our narrator Stephanie Daniel as always doing a bang up job but the singing just drives me batty.If your a fan maybe it will be for you but if this is your fist Miss fisher start somewhere else or I fear you'll be put of forever.That would be a shame.
"Wodehouse meets Christie"
I do not say this lightly, I have only so far had this book but I will be getting all the others by her, but it was wonderful, it kept me guessing, but with the lightness of PG Wodehouse and set in the 1920's, so for fan's of old time murder mystery with very good cocktail recipes this is the book for you, ENJOY!
"Again a fantastic period murder mystery"
I just love this series of audiobooks.What can I say,fantastic period characters combined with a killer plot.
It is so addictive and has so many twists and turns with plenty of spice.
The 1920s at its best with a feelgood factor.
It certainly has me gripped.
Highly recommended listening,fantastic.
"Not up to the usual standard"
I was disappointed with this,although the narration by Stephanie Daniels is superb the storyline made me feel horrible.Even in today's world it would be extreme to encounter such a party,one cannot imagine it set in 1928/9 !!!
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