Flying Too High

A Phryne Fisher Mystery
Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
Series: Phryne Fisher, Book 2
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,530 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Danger, excitement and love - this is how the glamorous Phryne Fisher is determined to live her life in her second enticing adventure. Walking the wings of a Tiger Moth plane in full flight ought to be enough excitement for most people, but not Phryne Fisher, amateur detective, woman of mystery, as delectable as the finest chocolate and as sharp as razor blades.

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

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The performance makes this so much better in audio

I don't tend to read a lot of series, definitely not a lot of mysteries, but I've always held that it is more about the characters and the setting that make a mystery series enjoyable. I adore Phryne Fisher, I can't help it. She is a worldly woman for the 1920s, unapologetically single and sexual with bobbed hair and wealth to spare. I had enjoyed the first book, Cocaine Blues, and was looking forward to reading more.

I will not read any more of these in print, because the audio version made it so much more enjoyable! Stephanie Daniel does an amazing job with the voices and the accents, and I was absorbed into the story. I actually didn't care about the mystery, not sure if that's good or bad, but just enjoyed the ride.

Stephanie Daniel does a brief interview with Kerry Greenwood at the end of the audiobook, and it highlighted some of the research that went into the story.

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Much better than the first one...

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.

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It's the bees knees!

Would you consider the audio edition of Flying Too High to be better than the print version?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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!

Which character ??? as performed by Stephanie Daniel ??? was your favorite?

Well, Phryne, of course! But, they were all well played, she didn't lose track of them either.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

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very good fun

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.

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Another Great Book

The lesson here is to be nice to children and don't be condesending to others. You will know that Phryne hit you - and why.

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What A FUN series!

Plenty of humor, great characters, A bit of history, and a good mystery.
My only complaint is that I wish Phyne was a little less free with her "favors."
She is a gutsy lady with a big heart and a sense of humor. The narrator is good and the stories are clever. I will read them all with gusto!

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Great series!

So much fun and so easy to listen to - provided you can suspense disbelief about how fabulous Phryne is. Narration is perfect.

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Light, silly and a lot of fun.

A great lead character who s a sexy independent smart brave woman, lots of 1030s detail. A good beach book with an excellent narrator.

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Adventurous flight to solve a mystery

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.

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Least favorite on TV - happily book diverges A LOT

This was so different from the TV version that it was almost like reading a different book, and I was very glad of it. One of the two plot threads -- the kidnapping of little Candida -- was not in the TV version, and I found this thread the more appealing one. The other thread - a possible patricide -- happily did not have Phryne's running off to fly her plane to the wilds to talk with and also sleep with the big brother of the suspect. (He sure didn't appeal to me.) I liked the book SO much better than the TV episode -- which was my LEAST favorite one. I wasn't thrilled with Phryne's walking on the wing of the plane but I guess fiction is meant to let you share what you can't do... I didn't see the need for her to hang onto the back of the car either -- overworked my already straining suspended disbelief. Missing from the TV version are the sister of the suspect, who's an artist, and her fiancee, a sculptor -- really liked these two characters. Spoiler alert: I was shocked at Phryne's interlude with the fiancee... Guess the sexual revolution of the 60s left me with more hangups than I thought... I was also (spoiler alert) glad she found a way for Mike to escape kidnapping charges but shocked at the deal she made with the truly evil kidnapper -- even though she found a way to do it that satisfied him without any more children suffering. The woman Phryne hired rather horrified me when she said she'd do it for free -- she must have one twisted past of her own, and I sure hope it's included in a Phryne book. A parallel issue was the female artist's dark childhood -- my mom used to say these things didn't happen when she was a kid and I said they DID happen but were kept SECRET. Phryne's shining a light. On the whole, SO much better than the TV version, had to give it a 4.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-09

More Phyrne please

She is fun, fearless, frivolous and utterly fabulous. This series is excellent light entertainment - the cosy mystery at it's best. The decadent 1920's really comes to life in this series, and although we know that it ends on a much poorer note for so many, somehow it does not seem likely that that the canny Phyrne Fisher will be one of them. I want to know for sure though. Can we have the whole series here, please?

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  • Geoffrey Suter
  • 09-11-20

Flying High to Uncover Low Deeds

Kidnap, murder and wing-walking - PHRYNE triumphs again. Depravity, greed and blood-lust alive and well in all ages.

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  • H. W. W. Kirby
  • 01-27-20

Another Belter

I got through this in a couple of days, including staying up late last night, which suggests it's the audio equivalent of a page turner. I love the period and the characters and now Mr. & Mrs. Butler have been introduced, the world of Miss Fisher is forming up nicely.