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review 2017-09-11 18:25
Death by Water - Kerry Greenwood

P&O have approached Phryne with a mission, to investigate jewellery theft, apparently someone in first-class is committing the deed, she's asked to pose as a first class passenger (not that Phryne would countenance anything less these days) and use a lure to catch the thief.  Things start getting complicated and everyone is a possible suspect.


Poor Dot gets knocked out, but Phryne does her bit in panache and elegant clothes.


Twisty plot with lots of red herrings and plenty of moments where Phryne is magnificent.


This qualifies for Amateur Sleuth, Terrifying women and possibly locked room mystery, also probably country house mystery, I'm going to go with Terrifying women

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review 2017-08-15 23:40
Away With the Fairies - Kerry Greenwood
I just love Phyrne Fisher. I don't think there were a lot of women like her around 1928. This is a woman you do not want to mess with. She is constantly throwing out verbal threats and sometimes she even has to act on them. (People can be so foolish!) She also has a big heart, doesn't take any crap, has lots of money and is willing to give it out to anyone who needs it or anyone who help the case she is involved in at the moment.

This latest one has two mysteries going on. The first is her "lover" Lin Chang has gone to China to purchase a new shipment of silk and she hasn't heard from him in weeks. She's very concerned. The second is a middle aged woman who is quite eccentric and has been murdered. This case takes her into the magazine/newspaper/publishing world. The rag she is helping by writing some fashion articles has mostly women. And, believe me, these women can argue about the nit pickiest things. HA!!

Two mysteries, one she works with the police, and the other, she works alone. Her most favored way to work things. She gets away with a lot more that way.

Always a great read, Phyrne Fisher is a hero and well beyond her time.

Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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review 2017-07-14 04:32
Unnatural Habits - Kerry Greenwood

I love Kerry Underwood's books and especially the Phryne Fisher series. Set in 1929 (love reading about that era) Phryne Fisher is a force to be reckoned with. She goes in with an authority that tells everyone "I am here and here's what we are doing". Her "crew" is filled with some pretty quirky characters and I found myself chuckling at them and their antics several times.

A great series that, while I have not read all of them, I have certainly enjoyed the ones that I have read. I love when people say something can't be done and she replies "yes, it can", here's the money, get it done! 

Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-05-27 17:19
Death at Victoria Dock by Kerry Greenwood
Death at Victoria Dock: A Phryne Fisher Mystery (Phryne Fisher Mysteries (Paperback)) (Paperback) - Common - By (author) Kerry Greenwood

Driving home late one night, Phryne Fisher is surprised when someone shoots out her windscreen. When she alights she finds a pretty young man with an anarchist tattoo dying on the tarmac just outside the dock gates. He bleeds to death in her arms, and all over her silk shirt.

Enraged by the loss of the clothing, the damage to her car, and this senseless waste of human life, Phryne promises to find out who is responsible. But she doesn't yet know how deeply into the mire she'll have to go: bank robbery, tattoo parlours, pubs, spiritualist halls, and anarchists.

Along this path, Phryne meets Peter, a scarred but delectable wharfie who begins to unfold the mystery of who would need a machine gun in Melbourne. But when someone kidnaps her cherished companion, Dot, Phryne will stop at nothing to retrieve her.

I was introduced to the lovely Phryne Fisher book series by the TV series. However, I just must point out that, despite liking the books my heart has been captivated by the TV series and I deeply, very deeply miss Detective Inspector Jack Robinson in this book. Now, he doesn't have a prominent role in the book series that have in the TV series and that is regrettable. At least that's how I feel.
Now, how about this book? I did enjoy reading this cozy mystery series. I quite like Phryne Fisher and those around her; her adopted daughters Jane and Ruth, and Bert and Cec that are working for her. And of course Dot, her assistant, and friend. In this book, we are also introduced to Hugh Collins who is playing a large part in Dot's life in the TV series. It will be interesting to see the book's version of their relationship. I did feel that the book's story was familiar, it has probably been made into an episode, but I didn't mind it because it was quite entertaining to read the book. Although I found the missing young girl a bit more interesting to read about than the dead anarchist. Not, that the storyline was uninteresting. I was just more intrigued by the lost girl and the secret she knew. 
All and all, a nice interesting story and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books I have yet to read in this series!
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!
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text 2017-05-01 16:45
April Reading Wrap Up
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan,Joshua Swanson
Murder on the Ballarat Train - Kerry Greenwood
The Curse of the Pharaohs - Elizabeth Peters

I happened to have a lot of free reading time at work during April. I didn't want to read any books that were going to require lots of attention and focus. So, I looked to an old favorite. 


When Percy Jackson first landed on the scene with The Lightning Thief, I was thrilled. He was my Greek Harry Potter. Yes, I just dared to make that comparison out loud. I am willing to accept any backlash that will follow from fans. But seriously? You know I'm right. Does that make Magnus Chase the Norse Harry Potter? Maybe but that would involve reading the books. I would start listing my reasons why but that's two maybe three other posts by themselves. 


Some of the students were thrilled when they saw I was reading Percy Jackson books. We started our own little book club. Hopefully I'm encouraging these kids to keep reading beyond Percy Jackson. 


In non-Percy Jackson reading, I managed to sneak in Murder on the Ballarat Train. I really do love Phyrne more and more with each book. I wanted to start watching the television series but I was told there are some spoilers as the show doesn't quite follow the order of the novels. 


Another outspoken female protagonist, Amelia Peabody made me roll my eyes in The Curse of the Pharaoh. While it is completely within her character to call her own child an "it", I was driven bonkers. On a related note, how is it possible Amelia and Emerson don't have more than just the one child? Seriously? 


While, we are on the topic on annoying things, GR changed things again. Ever since they added their re-read feature, my books are not showing up on my "read" shelf. They show up on my yearly challenge list but not my "read" shelf. Trying to get answers from GR is kind of a joke. I'm just going to complain here and see if anyone else has a similar problem. 

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