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Introducing the Honourable Phryne Fisher

de Kerry Greenwood

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'Phryne Fisher is gutsy and adventurous, and endowed with plenty of grey matter.' West Australian Our unflappable, unconventional and uninhibited heroine, The Honourable Phryne Fisher, leaves the tedium of English high society for Melbourne, Australia and never looks back. In her first three adventures, she encounters communism, cocaine, kidnappers and murderers. Phryne handles everything- danger, excitement and love - with her inimitable panache and flair, and still finds a little time for discreet dalliances and delicious diversions. In Cocaine Blues, the London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Hon. Phryne cannot face any more flower arranging, polite conversation with retired Colonels or dancing with weak-chinned men - and decides it might be rather amusing to try her hand at being a lady detective in Melbourne, Australia. From the time she books into the Windsor Hotel, Phryne is immediately embroiled in exotic and erotic mystery. Phryne steps up again in Flying Too High, handling a murder, a kidnapping and the usual array of beautiful young men who cluster around her with style and consummate ease - and all before it's time to adjourn to the Queenscliff Hotel for breakfast. Whether she's flying planes, trying to clear a friend of homicide charges or searching for a kidnapped child, she employs the same dash and elan with which she drives her beloved red Hispano-Suiza. In Murder on the Ballarat Train, the glamorous Phryne, accompanied by her loyal maid, Dot Williams, decides to travel to the country by train, but the last thing she expects is to have to use her trusty Beretta .32 to save their lives. What was planned as a restful country sojourn turns into the stuff of nightmares: a young girl who can't remember anything, rumours of vile white slavery and the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings. 'Phryne Fisher, an investigator with all the charm, wit and intelligence of James Bond, and as many lovers.' Sunday Sun 'With Phryne Fisher, the indefatigable Greenwood has invented the character-you-fall-in-love-with genre.' The Australian.… (més)
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Introducing the Honourable Phryne Fisher contains the first three of Kerry Greenwood’s “Miss Fisher” series of detective novels: Cocaine Blues, Flying Too High, and Murder on the Ballarat Train.

Cocaine Blues introduces the main characters of the series – the titular Phryne Fisher, her ladies’ maid Dorothy “Dot” Williams, Dr. Elizabeth Macmillan, cabbies Bert and Cec, and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson. The story also sets up a pattern of Miss Fisher handling two-to-three seemingly-related cases at once, in this case an back-alley abortionist and a cocaine smuggling ring. Flying Too High sees Miss Fisher working to prove the innocence of a flying instructor while also working to rescue a kidnapped child. This novel also sees Miss Fisher move into the house that is her home for the series and introduces recurring characters Mr. and Mrs. Butler as well as lawyer Jillian Henderson. Murder on the Ballarat Train is a locked-room mystery in the classic tradition, where a woman disappears from a locked train car and is found dead further down the track. Miss Fisher must discover how she was killed and the body got rid of while also looking after a mysterious girl on the train who can’t remember her name or origin.

Greenwood brilliantly recreates the jazz age, reveling in fashions, cars, and pastimes as well as judiciously using dialogue and slang in order to add a further touch of authenticity to the stories. With fast cars, fast planes, and a determined protagonist, it’s easy to see why the Australian Broadcast Corporation adapted these novels as a television series. Fans of the show will enjoy the books, which naturally go into more detail than the show can do in a television format. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Oct 13, 2018 |
Definitely a series I want to find more of. Fun mysteries, set in Australia in the 1920s. ( )
  SF_fan_mae | Jan 15, 2016 |
I love Phryne! Smart, compassionate, ruthless when necessary, and incredibly stylish, she's a heroine to admire!

This novel contains the first 3 books in the series: Cocaine Blues, Flying Too High, and Murder on the Ballarat Train, in a manageable size for reading, and at an attractive price. While thus far I think one could start with any of the novels, one would get more satisfaction from starting at the beginning, and this is a great way to manage it, or to tempt other readers into Miss Fisher's cult.

The mysteries are well-thought-out, nicely twisty, and with excellent characterization, both of Phryne and of everyone else. While they touch on dark topics, the books themselves are pretty light reading.

One caution: as with Wodehouse, one may be tempted to inhale these one after another. Resist. They are far more fun when interspersed with whatever other reading one tends to enjoy, not inhaled wholesale.

Very recommended! ( )
1 vota cissa | Oct 23, 2015 |
Well done and unusual mysteries, in that the central character is a lovely young woman who has many talents, including the seduction of attractive young men. The mysteries are set in Melbourne in the 1920s, and are relatively realistic. Miss Fisher has too much money for her own good, but she is a good soul at heart. ( )
  annbury | Sep 10, 2015 |
Synopsis: These three mysteries are set in 1920s Australia. The main character is Phryne Fisher, a nouveau riche flapper who remembers what it was like to be poor and subsequently likes people for themselves rather than for their station. In Cocaine Blues Phryne searches for a missing young woman, finding her way through a drug-infested area of Sydney. Flying Too High has Phryne solving the kidnapping of a young girl with the help of her friends who own airplanes. And finally in Murder on the Ballarat Train, Phryne solves the murder of an elderly woman who seems to have fallen from the train.
Review: These books are a very nice blend of cozy, procedural and hard crime books. Phryne is a strong woman in an mans world; she takes no prisoners and does as she pleases rather than bending to the rules for women. ( )
  DrLed | Feb 26, 2015 |
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'Phryne Fisher is gutsy and adventurous, and endowed with plenty of grey matter.' West Australian Our unflappable, unconventional and uninhibited heroine, The Honourable Phryne Fisher, leaves the tedium of English high society for Melbourne, Australia and never looks back. In her first three adventures, she encounters communism, cocaine, kidnappers and murderers. Phryne handles everything- danger, excitement and love - with her inimitable panache and flair, and still finds a little time for discreet dalliances and delicious diversions. In Cocaine Blues, the London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Hon. Phryne cannot face any more flower arranging, polite conversation with retired Colonels or dancing with weak-chinned men - and decides it might be rather amusing to try her hand at being a lady detective in Melbourne, Australia. From the time she books into the Windsor Hotel, Phryne is immediately embroiled in exotic and erotic mystery. Phryne steps up again in Flying Too High, handling a murder, a kidnapping and the usual array of beautiful young men who cluster around her with style and consummate ease - and all before it's time to adjourn to the Queenscliff Hotel for breakfast. Whether she's flying planes, trying to clear a friend of homicide charges or searching for a kidnapped child, she employs the same dash and elan with which she drives her beloved red Hispano-Suiza. In Murder on the Ballarat Train, the glamorous Phryne, accompanied by her loyal maid, Dot Williams, decides to travel to the country by train, but the last thing she expects is to have to use her trusty Beretta .32 to save their lives. What was planned as a restful country sojourn turns into the stuff of nightmares: a young girl who can't remember anything, rumours of vile white slavery and the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings. 'Phryne Fisher, an investigator with all the charm, wit and intelligence of James Bond, and as many lovers.' Sunday Sun 'With Phryne Fisher, the indefatigable Greenwood has invented the character-you-fall-in-love-with genre.' The Australian.

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