1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous. Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self-preservation, decides to investigate - and promptly goes missing herself. It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's all piracy and dark cellars, convents and plots, murder and mystery...and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.
©2012 Kerry Greenwood 2012. (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I can't understand the poor reviews for this book, except that it appears lots of first-time Phyrne readers may have started with this title and not "gotten" Phryne.
This was one of my favorites in the series. The mystery is great, there's lots of interesting 20s Australian history tucked in to the story, and Kerry Greenwood's descriptive writing keeps the story flowing.
All the usual characters help Phryne solve this mystery, along with one new one we were introduced to in the previous title, a boy from Queenscliff named Tinker.
If you're a Phryne fan, I think you'll love this book. If you're not yet familiar with Miss Fisher, I'd recommend starting with the earlier books to get introduced to the Hon. Miss F. and then coming back to this one.
This was my first Phryne Fisher mystery by Kerry Greenwood, which was actually Book #19 in a series, so I must say that I wish I had started with Book #1 instead. I was unfamiliar with the characters in the series and because of this, I couldn’t appreciate them the way that I would have, if I had been reading the entire series from the beginning.
It seemed like a long, slow story set in Melbourne, Australia in the 1920s. It was, however, very well written and had a great narrator, Stephanie Daniel.
One thing that particularly bothered me was how the lead character, Phryne, called her devoted servants/companions “minions.” I felt it was a negative term implying that they were nameless and faceless servants. Furthermore while reading the story, I felt that she was often times a "snobbish" rich aristocratic and then other times I felt she was very charitable towards needy people. Once again, I have not seen her character develop as others have from Book #1, so that might explain why I disliked her sometimes.
It’s not really my kind of mystery crime story and it was definitely not as fun and entertaining to me as other readers found it to be.
I am, nevertheless, looking forward to reading Book #1 “Cocaine Blues” to see if I change my opinion about this series.
I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!
Not a thing. a delightful read.
The most interesting thing was the VERY modern view the author took on the time. The way it dealt with women in the church and homosexuality.
I think it would be Phryne. She has strength, beauty, charm and cash to back it up.
Hum. A mini-series would be interesting.
I think this series is worth exploring.
Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.
A fun and quirky listen. A decent in between book. The story has nice twists and turns. The characters are interesting. Like I said....not bad.
Kerry Greenwood has put together another excellent plot with Phrynne having to solve a number of disappearances with the help of her minions. Once again Stephanie Daniels gives a great performance.
Phrynne is as always, my favourite character in the book and Stephanie gives her the exact voice I woulod expect her to have.
This series is a great collection of detective mysteries with the added bonus of learning about life in Australia in the twenties. Each book provides a list of interesting characters and plots and simply a lovely piece of entertainment.
The plot was twisty and, as usual, Greenwood ties up all the ends neatly at the close.
Stephanie Daniel's narration brought a great, acerbic tone to the story. From now on, her voice is what these books will sound like in my head.
I liked it because I live in Australia though not in Melbourne where the story was set. It gave me a lot of laughs, was lighthearted and easy to listen to
Initially I got this because it was on sale and the reviews were good, however I wish books had content ratings the way movies do. I would rate this pg-13 due to the licentious sexual content.
Other than that, I found the first half boring and shallow because it was more about the glamor and sleuthing costumes worn by the main character than the crimes being solved.
While appearing to attract the more Victorian era readers, this plot not only mixes time periods but does so in the Raw. I did not think it was described correctly.
Kept the plot without going back and in vivid detail rehashing the Trash repeatedly.
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