• Away with the Fairies

  • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (817 ratings)

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Away with the Fairies

By: Kerry Greenwood
Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
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Publisher's summary

Phryne Fisher drinks cocktails, dances the tango, is the companion of wharfies, and is expert at conducting an elegant dalliance. It's the 1920s in Melbourne and Phryne is asked to investigate the puzzling death of a famous author and illustrator of fairy stories. To do so, Phyrne takes a job within the women's magazine that employed the victim and finds herself enmeshed in her colleagues' deceptions. But while Phryne is learning the ins and outs of magazine publishing first hand, her personal life is thrown into chaos. While waiting for her lover Lin Chung's imminent return from a silk-buying expedition to China, she receives an unusual summons from Lin Chung's family followed by a series of mysterious assaults and warnings.
©2001 Kerry Greenwood (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Critic reviews

"It's 1928, and the very unconventional Phryne Fisher sparkles with wit and champagne elegance ... Stephanie Daniel performs with genteel ease. Her upper-class Australian accents and her wild assortment of reputable and disreputable characters are truly amazing ... must listening." ( AudioFile Magazine)

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Twee and Precious

The narrator's voice sounded precious, and the main character and her set-up seemed twee. Just couldn't get into this one, although I wanted to. Take this review with a grain of salt, but do listen to the listening sample for a good 10 minutes to see if the narrator's voice is what you like.

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Away with the Fairies is Magical!

Where does Away with the Fairies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's right up there with all of the other wonderful Phryne Fisher books I've listened to as audio books.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Oh, my yes! The suspense was in every scene and the characters are so likable (the good ones) that you very much care what becomes of them.

What about Stephanie Daniel’s performance did you like?

She's a terrific actress and when she's reading a man's part, I forget she's a woman, and she does all of the accents to a T.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Oh, gosh, too many parts! I'd have to give the plot away if I named them all!

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend this series to any fan of cross-cultural historical mysteries, Agatha Christie, Tommy and Tuppence and you also learn a lot about Australia and its history in the course of the story.

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Two great plots entwined

In addition to solving a murder, Miss Fisher must also rescue her lover from Chinese pirates. Neither plot is simple and Phryne is aided by her usual friends to solve the murder and rescue Lin Chung. Great stories!

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Don't start here . .

I am a Phryne Fisher fan, but this is not my favorite in the series. The main story line is fine and keeping with the series, but the secondary line is getting a bit melodramatic for my tastes. If you do not know Phryne's back-story, this one may seem a puzzle - especially all the continuing characters. If you are new to the series, please start with one of the earlier books. Any of the first three will give you a good start and they are all available on Audible: Cocaine Blues, Flying Too High and Murder on the Ballarat Train.

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Excellent story

As always I love the writing and the reading performance. The only fly in the ointment is the reader’s unfortunate belief ghat she can sing. She cannot and her attempts are painful to those with trained ears. She is, however, a consummate reading performer. I shall continue to listen to her work albeit skipping her musical offerings.

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Phryne has a job??

Phryne joins the ranks of the employed to solve a case. Well, for Phryne anyway. I love the 20's era the stories are set in. The depression hasn't hit yet, things are tough but not so tough. The plot is very good. Phryne seems to have more interactions with the suspects in this book, at least to me. I enjoyed it thoroughly!

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Romance at its Heart

Phryne is always fun, but it was the subtle heart ache weaved through this book gave it depth that sometimes the irreverent Phryne lacks. In the last book, she rescued her lover from pirates. Now, his arranged bride arrives. And while both Camelia and Lin Chung’s grandmother consent to he and Phryne continuing their relationship, through reliving her own abuse relationship Phryne begins to question what continuing her love affair rally means for both herself and Lin Chungs young bride.

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Hurrah for fairies and Romance

I enjoy listening to the stories that date back to my grandparents youthful days. I travel a lot for work and I enjoy the stories they keep me wake. I so enjoy them. Kerry has so much going on in the book but it blends into so well.

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as usual, great fun

loved it! holds my ate tin and doesn't just end abruptly, as many novels do.

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Not the television version

This, as with all the Phryne Fisher series, is well researched and written. I love reading the books upon which the tv series was based. Of course, 'the book is always better' holds true for this series. The fleshing out of characters and their personalities is so good! As is the subplot which the television series never touched on. This is one that I will listen to many times.

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