Away with the Fairies

A Phryne Fisher Mystery
Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
Series: Phryne Fisher, Book 11
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (677 ratings)

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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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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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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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Phryne Rules!

Jack asks Pryne to look into a suspicious death. A writer obsessed with fairies who also writes an advice column for a women's magazine is found dead. She had previously consulted Jack because of some threats she received that he didn't take seriously. Phryne determines the woman's cause of death and is on the case. She even becomes a staff member of the women's magazine as part of her investigation. It also appears someone is trying to kill Phryne. Moreover, Lin is missing after a trip to China to buy silk, and Phryne receives a grotesque object in the post. She has an audience with Lin's grandmother and Li Pen, his bodyguard -- who was released after a message was carved on his chest. It appears that Lin has been captured by pirates. Although their business depends on integrity in releasing captives after ransom is paid, the Lin family paid but Lin has not been released. Phryne enlists Bert and Cec to find a wharf rat who can educate her about pirates. He previously sailed on the missing ship, and when she learns pirates sometimes disguise ships and boldly sail into port to sell the cargo they stole, she assigns them to watch for the ship. Ultimately, Phryne personally leads a daring rescue mission.

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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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Fantastically written, a bit slurpyily read

For the love of all that is holy Miss Daniel, will you PLEASE EDIT your audio of swallows, slurps and wet mouth smacks?! PLEASE. Otherwise beautifully performed.

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  • 06-03-18

As always Phryne was outstanding! Kerry is good!

I love all Kerry's books and I just love the TV shows that are based on her books. I can not get enough of them. I was so disappointed when they stopped the show. That is when I started reading her books and they are just as good as the TV shows. There just are not enough of them to keep me going. She needs to write more.

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Another hit!

There is something about this series and this narrator that makes me sad when the book is coming to a conclusion. Not because I didn’t enjoy, more because I enjoyed it so much. I adore this series and Ms Daniel absolutely brings the character to life.

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Great story

Great story. The performance is a bit shrill when it comes to crying or whining characters. I had to lower the volume at those points. A little too realistic. Lol

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One of the best Miss Fisher Mysteries!

Have listened to most of the Miss Fisher series and this installment stands out as one of the best. Stellar mystery; incredibly bright and witty writing; and exceptional insights in to our heroine and the world.

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faerie murders and pirates

3 storylines,but a good listener.and you get to see the heros really care.true to Fisher form

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  • Mall
  • 03-05-20

loved it

great story, next from the series, super performance, I loved it, thank you looking for next story

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  • Doris Suckling
  • 09-24-19

Once again- mesmerising

I am binge listening to this series. Can’t wait to start the next one! Both the stories and the narrator hold my full attention.

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  • c.silk
  • 06-11-17

Away with the fairies.

An excellent reading of another superb Miss Fisher story. Wonderful capturing of the period, believable, well developed characters. If you like mysteries prepare to enjoy a real treat.

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  • Melanie
  • 12-23-12

Jolly good fun

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and while I do my tasks I like to listen to audio books. My current favourite is the Phryne Fisher series! The books are well read and the mysteries and characters are entertaining without being too grim! Some of the more sensual scenes mean that I have to make sure I am not listening with my 6 year old in the room.

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  • Lynne
  • 11-12-10

Brilliant!

So far this is my favourite book in this series. Phryne Fisher as always leaves me feeling that I wish I have lived in her time and place and that I could have been that brave.
Kerry Greenwood explains this book at the start, and it is good to hear the author reading this part.
This book has two stories within the one you have the death of a writer and the more about Lin Chung.
I became engrossed and very attached to all in this book and wanted to Phryne ?to get her man?
While worth a listen whether you are a first timer, or are just not taken with this book, its a lot better than in may first sound, and I am left with the wish that I could write just to be able to kill people off!