Melbourne, Australia, 1929. The year starts off for glamorous private investigator Phryne Fisher with a rather trying heat wave and more mysteries than you could prod a parasol at. Simultaneously investigating the apparent suicide death of a man on St Kilda beach and trying to find a lost, illegimate child who could be heir to a wealthy old woman's fortune, Phryne needs all her wits about her, particularly when she has to tangle with a group of thoroughly unpleasant Bright Young Things.
But Phryne Fisher is a force of nature, and takes in her elegant stride what might make others quail, including terrifying seances, ghosts, Kif smokers, the threat of human sacrifices, dubious spirit guides and maps to buried pirate treasure...
©2008 Kerry Greenwood; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing
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"one of my favorites in this series "
series evokes period and Australia..characters keep evolving. love this series and recommend to start at beginning
"Great story; Great performance"
Narrator is wonderful. She brings the characters & their spirit alive. A performance vs narration.
"Excellent vocal range."
I feel like I just experienced a Melbourne summer and wish that I could have one of Mr. Butler's miraculous concoctions. Richly described and perfectly read.
"The personality of Phryne in a voice."
Yes. I was surprised because when I've read Greenwood's Phryne Fisher mysteries I've always enjoyed them, but Ms.Daniel really brings Phryne to life! (She's wonderful with all the characters - giving them distinct voices and inflections.)
Phryne is always my favorite, but Eliza had some amusing dialog in the first few chapters, occasionally battling with her socialist principles.
Too many to have a favorite.
Yes, but I want to do that with ALL of them!
"This series is fun!"
It is such a light and fun read. I enjoyed this as much as the first. I love the narrator. She is perfect.
"What a delight!"
I took advantage of a sale to try one of the Phryne Fisher books. I am SO glad I did. Now I'm hooked. Reader was perfect, characters are delightful. I LOVE them.
"Another great story by Kerry Greenwood"
I always enjoy the atmospheric writing of Kerry Greenwood. She transports you to the racy 20's, with an Australian flavour. This book was no exception.
"Really enjoyed this book. Excellent narrative."
Looking forward to more adventures with Phryne Fisher and Jack Robinson in St Kilda Australia.
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