This is where it all started! The first classic Phryne Fisher mystery, featuring our delectable heroine, cocaine, communism and adventure. Phryne leaves the tedium of English high society for Melbourne, Australia, and never looks back. The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s,... show more
This is where it all started! The first classic Phryne Fisher mystery, featuring our delectable heroine, cocaine, communism and adventure. Phryne leaves the tedium of English high society for Melbourne, Australia, and never looks back. The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Honorable Phryne Fisher--she of the green-grey eyes, diamant garters and outfits that should not be sprung suddenly on those of nervous dispositions--is rapidly tiring of the tedium of arranging flowers, making polite conversations with retired colonels, and dancing with weak-chinned men. Instead, Phryne decides it might be rather amusing to try her hand at being a lady detective in Melbourne, Australia. Almost immediately from the time she books into the Windsor Hotel, Phryne is embroiled in mystery: poisoned wives, cocaine smuggling rings, corrupt cops and communism--not to mention erotic encounters with the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse--until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.
Publish date: April 18th 2007
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Pages no: 175
Edition language: English
Series: Phryne Fisher (#1)
I have loved the television series based on this books for a long while, so eagerly picked this first book to read for the Twelves Tasks of the Festive Season. The story starts off with Phryne Fisher being at her family's home in England and bored. The lights go off, and a necklace is missing, in me...
- Read a book set in Australia or by an Australian author, or read a book you would consider a "beach read". Well, I can see how a screen version of this might work rather nicely, but alas, as written, it wasn't really for me. I liked Bert and Cec, and Dr. MacMillan, and Dot (once transformed, t...
Series: Phryne Fisher # 1 A light but fun read. I quite liked Phryne. The dance description at the first dinner seemed a bit superfluous and some of the chronology regarding Robert Matthews, for example, seemed a bit rushed, unless I misread it. He’s already established himself when Phryne gets to...
This is the first book in the Phryne Fisher series, and it's golden. The introduction is priceless, as the young lady puts Sherlock Holmes to shame in the instantaneous and almost offhand solving of the theft of a necklace. The whole book is a bit like that, brisk and breezy and offhand. Phryne F...
Quite entertaining, but I wouldn't call it high literature. There were some theses I can't agree with and I doubt I'd continue reading these books if I hadn't watched the show first and become attached to these characters.