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
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 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.
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.
A great lead character who s a sexy independent smart brave woman, lots of 1030s detail. A good beach book with an excellent narrator.
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.
Very thin plot and characters are very 2 dimensional. I could have slapped the heroine by the end of the book - she is just too perfect. Rich, clever, beautiful etc. etc.
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.
Fylying too high is light and engaging. It is pure escapist and performed quite well. I have enjoyed listening to this seris while at the gym.
The place and period make this mystery series stand out, but it is very light reading, and the protagonist's enlightened attitudes seem a little too easily achieved for the times. A pleasant enough wish fulfillment fantasy, but the explicit casual sex scenes avoid any mention of prophylaxis or contraception, even though there is a plot that involves backstreet abortions in the first book and discussions of the poor resources for women's health problems.
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