Book – Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates
Author – Kerry Greenwood
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 195
Cover – Gorgeous!
POV – 3rd person, omni present
Would I read it again – Yes!
Genre – Historical, Murder Mystery, Adventure, Humour, Cultural
*Warnings: The story deals with illegal abortion, theft, attempted rape and off-page past rape*
My family and I first discovered Phryne thanks to the Alibi channel, where the TV show was shown. After watching Doctor Blake, we thought that Phryne's show would be similar and we loved it right from the start. After that, I went out and bought the books, a set of three paperbacks to start me off, and have been chomping at the bit to start them. Finally, months later, I took a half hour here, two hours there and finally got it read over the space of a week.
I loved it! It was exactly the spice and flavour of the Phryne that I'd come to know from the show, but even better. Because the books are so different that I didn't feel like I was re-hashing the same stories just in another format.
The start was brilliant, taking us right into the action from the very first page, while giving us a view of how, when and why Phryne first met Cec, Bert and Mac; all characters that I'd been looking forward to meeting, after watching the show. Dot was a huge surprise, because she was nothing like the character in the show, with more spunk and sass that was lovely to see.
There was a strange mix of singular and omnipresent POV that put me off just a little, but I quickly got used to it.
I loved the incredible attention to detail, emotions and characterisations, that never went so far as to become overbearing or boring. They gave us just enough information about the characters and their lives to keep us constantly interested and aware of the story.
For me, the story was already going along well, but it really picked up pace once Lydia and Sasha entered the picture. I loved Sasha and wish he could stick around, though I know he won't, and I have to admit that I knew who the King of Snow was, at the end, but it didn't make the revelation any less exciting.
Overall, a brilliant fun adventure of murder, sex and fashion!
“'Who was that bloke with the hook?' asked Constable Ellis.
'I don't know, but we are not going to mention it,' replied Jones, settling her hair. 'Are we?'
'Is he really Butcher George?'
'He is,' replied Jones.
'Then we ain't going to mention it,' agreed Ellis.”