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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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  • Pamela
  • Bigfork, Montana
  • 04-30-15

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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  • Wadie
  • Santa Ana, CA, United States
  • 05-17-14

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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  • Elizabeth
  • Port Townsend, WA, United States
  • 02-06-12

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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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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away with the fairies

this book was a really good one in the series. They have have a special flavour all of their own, sort of Agatha Christie with a twist aussie style. I love all the books I have read so far. intend to read them all. Kerry Greenwood is tops in my world.
The reader keeps you moving along it is hard to stop listening

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Pure Magic

What did you love best about Away with the Fairies?

How the characters come alive

What did you like best about this story?

Mysteries all through the story

Which scene was your favorite?

In the magazine office when Phryne first arrives

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Its already been made into a TV series, the Miss Fisher Mysteries on the ABC

Any additional comments?

I have purchased further books in the Miss Fisher Mystery series - all excellent.

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  • Constance
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 05-12-12

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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  • 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!