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Danger, excitement and love - this is how the glamorous Phryne Fisher is determined to live her life in her second enticing adventure. Walking the wings of a Tiger Moth plane in full flight ought to be enough excitement for most people, but not Phryne Fisher, amateur detective, woman of mystery, as delectable as the finest chocolate and as sharp as razor blades. In this, the second Phryne Fisher mystery, the 1920s' most talented and glamorous detective flies even higher, handling a murder, a kidnapping and the usual array of beautiful young men with style and consummate ease - and all before it's time to adjourn to the Queenscliff Hotel for breakfast. Whether she's flying planes, clearing a friend of homicide charges or saving a child from kidnapping, she handles everything with the same dash and elan with which she drives her red Hispano-Suiza.
©2007 Kerry Greenwood; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing
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By Christy on 05-09-11

Much better than the first one...

Phryne Fisher is a very "modern" girl (the servants call her a vamp), which is fitting along with all of the other things she takes on that were formerly exclusive provinces of men. These books illustrate how the world changed immeasurably for women as a result of the Great War, but largely in a lighthearted way. The Australian setting is different, too. I did enjoy this one much more than the first of the series (Cocaine Blues). I couldn't like Phryne Fisher in the first book -- I think she was too abrasive and I didn't really care about her. But in this book, Phryne has become a likable character and a bit of a heroine. The period flavor is substantial and the story is fun and moves quickly. I plan to read more of the series.

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By Jenny on 02-26-14

The performance makes this so much better in audio

I don't tend to read a lot of series, definitely not a lot of mysteries, but I've always held that it is more about the characters and the setting that make a mystery series enjoyable. I adore Phryne Fisher, I can't help it. She is a worldly woman for the 1920s, unapologetically single and sexual with bobbed hair and wealth to spare. I had enjoyed the first book, Cocaine Blues, and was looking forward to reading more.

I will not read any more of these in print, because the audio version made it so much more enjoyable! Stephanie Daniel does an amazing job with the voices and the accents, and I was absorbed into the story. I actually didn't care about the mystery, not sure if that's good or bad, but just enjoyed the ride.

Stephanie Daniel does a brief interview with Kerry Greenwood at the end of the audiobook, and it highlighted some of the research that went into the story.

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By Anonymous User on 10-30-09

More Phyrne please

She is fun, fearless, frivolous and utterly fabulous. This series is excellent light entertainment - the cosy mystery at it's best. The decadent 1920's really comes to life in this series, and although we know that it ends on a much poorer note for so many, somehow it does not seem likely that that the canny Phyrne Fisher will be one of them. I want to know for sure though. Can we have the whole series here, please?

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