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The Phryne Fisher series is great fun, featuring a heroine who is beautiful, smart, sophisticated, wealthy, independent, courageous and funny. As indicated by the title, this installment features a murder committed on a train under mysterious circumstances. Phryne, of course, takes the lead in solving the murder with great panache. She is assisted in various ways by her maid Pat, her friend Inspector Robinson, and her pet taxi drivers and investigators Bert and Cec. Along the way, she acquires two adopted daghters (Jane and Ruth), a cat (Embers), and the obligatory new lover (this one a young law student).
These books are lighthearted and filled with atmosphere. However, each book does deal with a serious subject. In this case, it is sex trafficking of young girls.
Phryne is the epitome of the independent woman of the 1920s, displaying great elan, living life on her own terms, and breezing through all challenges and difficulties. The very essence of Phryne is enhanced by the wonderful performances of Stephanie Daniel, who depicts Phryne's character exactly with a breezy, self-assured voice that is perfect for these books.
Highly recommended for a lighthearted break from all those dark mysteries and thrillers.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This series came to me out of left field. I got Book 2 on a Sale and now I'm hooked. These are excellent mysteries, great characters, and just enough "Cozy" to be satisfying. Don't get me wrong, the main character is edgy, more than modern. These are well crafted, and deal with some very seamy stuff. Rather than taking a formula list of items and forcing them into an outline, these plots are CRAFTED seamlessly into a fine, smooth story. This is NOT your "Grocery Store Checkout Line Romance." These are BOOKS. Very entertaining, and well written.
That said, the mysterious death on a train at night and you are off on an amazing and dangerous adventure. How was it done? Who did it? Why? I couldn't out guess it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Another great story by Kerry Greenwood, narrated by Stephanie Daniel is a pleasure to listen too. No mis-pronunciation of words, which is a blessing in itself. The story keeps you hooked and you want to find out what happens next.
I would highly recommend this
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is another great story by Kerry Greenwood, read by the imitable Stephanie Daniel. The murder mystery at the heart of it is only one strand, the other being the story of a hypnotist who puts children under a spell, to get them to work as servants or sexual slaves. This is no 'crime comedy' but a tale of dark doings in suburbia. Phyrne sails through it all with her customary panache, but ends up adopting two girls. So she has a heart as well as style - and she lands a handsome young student in bed one night as well. Very well-written and read.
So far this is my second Phyrne Fisher mystery, and I am hooked. Stephanie Daniel is a great narrator, Kerry Greenwood an excellent author... roll on number three!