Stopping only for a brief but intensely erotic dalliance with the beautiful Simon Abrahams, Phryne picks her way through the mystery with help from the old faithfuls: Bert, Cec, Dot, and Detective Inspector "Call Me Jack" Robinson. But ultimately it is her stealth and wit that solve the crime - and all for the price of a song....
Solve another case with Phryne Fisher.
©2007 Kerry Greenwood; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing
Enjoyable read in the Phrynie Fisher series. Really getting a kick out of the characters and Phrynie's sleuthing. Looking forward to the next book.
Absolutely! There was so much interesting detail about Judaic culture in early 20th century Australia. The first time I listened for the story, the second listening would be to pay attention to culture and characters.
Most of the Phryne Fisher stories are fundamentally the same: Phryne learns as much as possible about a culture, group of people or individual and uses that knowledge and the good will she has earned by treating everyone decently to solve the puzzle. But each book is different and interesting for the culture it explores.
I think Stephanie Daniel reads all the Phryne Fisher books and she does a superb job! Each voice is distinct and you learn a lot about the character simply from the voice. She does female and male, upper class and lower all equally well.
The ending was sweet. I can't explain why without giving away some of the mystery, but Phryne uses her sensitivity to culture and people, and her attention to detail to finally solve the mystery. This shows Phryne's respect for all people and all cultures.
I love the whole Phryne Fisher series, and will it will be sad when I've listened to them all.
I've been thoroughly enjoying the Phryne Fisher stories. The history of 1928 Australia is very interesting. Having Jewish grandparents, I particularly enjoyed this this book. And Stephanie Daniel did GREAT Jewish accents, nu?
This book deserves the 4.5 average - I gave it a 5 because it was just what I needed for long drive.
Phryne continues to ignore propriety and convention to solve a mystery of a bookkeeper falsely charged with poisoning a customer. Greenwood captures the spirit of the late 1920s and that is half the fun of the story. Phryne's motley household is increased by one in this book - an abused puppy named Molly. I expect we will see more of Molly in books to come.
The story moves along at a quick pace. We learn about Jewish immigration to Australia and the mystic writings of some alchemists. I enjoyed Ms. Daniel's characters. The story ends a little abruptly and I was not completely satisfied with the denouement, but overall the book was great fun.
A quick comment on the sexual content mentioned by another reviewer. This book has no more sex than others in the series - but Phryne is not afraid to take a man she likes to bed. There are two encounters in this book - each about 5 minutes long. The descriptions are direct - just like Phryne herself. They could be skipped without losing the thread of the story. The tone of the entire series is very open about sexual situations - not vulgar but they are addressed and if that makes you uncomfortable there are lots of other good books out there.
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Now that was lovely. Clever, a bit steamy, and always in fashion. I liked the addition of the Yiddish to the book; it gave it an air of authenticity. Also, you will adore Simon's mother.
Just as enjoyable as all the other books up to this point in the series. Probably not the best one but still a fantastic listen.
I loved all the new Jewish characters that were introduced. Stephanie Daniel did a great job with the accents.
I have not read a print version but I think the performance is a big part of my enjoymentment
I wouldn't recommend it because there was too much description of the sexual aspect of the story.
Her voice and inflections bring a personality to the charaacters that would be missing in print.
"Worth a listern"
I can't get enough of these books at the moment and I recommend them to anyone!
"Great Auzzie Story"
An exciting, gripping yarn. Loved this story, was introduced to Phryne Fisher through the Australian Television network and was a little worried that the audible would not.match up to the audible, not the case. Stephanie Daniel's narrated it wonderfully .
Loved Dot's continuing innocence and the exploration of Jewish culture, found this really interesting and looking at the perceptions of finding a Jewish state from a 1920's Jewish perspective.
Greenwood weaver this into the story and for me added further interest into the mystery.
Loved the scene with the scientist's house where the mystery finally unfolds, found it funny as well as exciting.
Greenwood weaves humour, sadness and excitement throughout the book, just loved it!
"raisins and almonds"
I absolutely loved this audio book. very well acted out.a very good yarn! I will get more of these
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